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Yankees sign Masahiro Tanaka
The Yankees rarely stand pat after missing the playoffs, and this year is no exception. They've signed Masahiro Tanaka to a seven-year, $155 million contract. Tanaka was the big free-agent prize this offseason -- a potentially dominant ace who is only 25 years old -- which likely made him too tempting a target for the Yankees to resist. The Yankees hope that Tanaka can improve a pitching staff that was 18th in baseball in ERA, and he'll be a good distraction from the ongoing Alex Rodriguez saga.
A-Rod suspended for '14 season
Alex Rodriguez has been suspended for the entire 2014 season and postseason for his involvement in the Biogenesis performance-enhancing drugs scandal. Arbitrator Fredric Horowitz handed down a ban for all of 2014 to the New York Yankees' third baseman, a reduction of MLB's original 211-game ban. However, Rodriguez can attend spring training due to a loophole in the suspension. Do you agree with the suspension? Have we seen the last of Alex Rodriguez?
Yankees reject Phillips deal
The Yankees have been busy this offseason (which is the kind of thing that happens in the Bronx when they miss the playoffs), but they've finally found a deal they don't like. They've rejected a straight-up trade of outfielder Brett Gardner for Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips, reportedly citing Phillips' declining numbers at second. They might be right to be concerned -- though Phillips' power numbers are freakishly consistent (he's hit exactly 18 home runs in four straight seasons), his OPS plummeted to .706 in 2013. That's a worrisome sign for a 32-year-old second baseman, but could he have rejuvenated himself in Yankee Stadium, with its short porch and hitter-friendly reputation?