SportsNation Blog Archives New York Yankees
Jeter to retire after 2014
Derek Jeter's long and storied career is coming to an end. The legendary Yankees shortstop posted a note on his Facebook page saying that the 2014 season will be his last. Jeter started off the lengthy post thanking fans for their support and said that his recent injuries and struggles made baseball start to feel like a job, and that feeling made him sure that it was about time to stop playing. He capped it off by promising fans he'd try to help the team win a World Series championship this season -- if he did manage to pull that off, it'd be his sixth title with the team.
A-Rod accepts suspension
The saga is -- it seems, at least -- over. After vowing to fight until the end, Alex Rodriguez finally dropped his lawsuit and accepted his MLB-imposed ban for the 2014 season. Rodriguez reportedly was concerned about the cost of fighting MLB (about $10 million in legal fees), and also about further damaging his relationship with the sport. Now he has his eyes on a 2015 return. He will be 39 when he comes back. What will come of all of it?
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?