MLB’s Winter Meetings Reveal Bizarro American League East
Baseball’s recently concluded Winter Meetings were largely uneventful. The big- ticket players like Josh Hamilton and Zack Greinke are still on the open market, Justin Upton remains a Diamondback despite seven months of trade rumors, and Michael Bourn’s free agent options are dwindling by the day. The strangest aspect of all may be the news coming out of the American League East. After yapping about the luxury tax and fiscal restraint for a year, the Yankees may be putting their payroll where their mouth is.
Not only is New York shunning Hamilton and Greinke (at least in public) but the Yanks were also outbid for the likes of Russell Martin, Jeff Keppinger, and Eric Chavez. New York committed big money to Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, and Hiroki Kuroda last week. The 37-year-old Kuroda is the fresh-faced kid of New York’s high priced over the hill gang.