A year ago, the Toronto Blue Jays won the offseason. They didn’t do much during the season.
This year, the Orioles are hoping it’s the same with the New York Yankees.
For years, it seems, the Yankees made the splashiest signings of the offseason. This year, they’re making more than anyone, and it’s the quantity rather than the quality that stands out.
They lost Robinson Cano, who signed that absurd 10-year, $240 million contract with Seattle. Curtis Granderson moved on to the Mets, but they responded by signing Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran, three big names.
They also re-signed Hiroki Kuroda and infielder Brendan Ryan while adding Brian Roberts, Matt Thornton and Kelly Johnson.
In the past, they concentrated on signing the big names and the smaller names were just a passing thought.
This offseason, as the Yankees try to get below the $189 million luxury tax, hoping that Alex Rodriguez’s suspension is upheld in arbitration, the small moves count, too.
Roberts’ signing was big news in Baltimore, but not in New York. The big news in New York is that small counts, too.