The New York Yankees had a day off from baseball yesterday but the good news was alive and well in the Bronx.Two days in a row without New York Yankees baseball? What kind of world do we live in?
With yesterday’s rainout, the off-field antics took center stage for the boys in pinstripes. And while the focus is on this season, they made moves to today to help them in the future.
Sports Illustrated reported that both the Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers made significant cuts to their projected luxury tax bills. The Yankees are expected to bring their tax down to approximately $9 million, a stellar improvement for the team.
#Yankees competitive balance tax is just under $9M, per an AP report. NY owed $27.4M in '16, hope to be under the luxury tax threshold soon.
— Tom Hanslin (@tomhanslin) April 25, 2017
While this is significantly lower than the amount they paid last year, it also comes just in time for the emergence of some big names on the free agent market in 2018.
You know, that Baltimore Orioles third baseman? Manny Machado? What about Bryce Harper? Yup, they are preparing to bring in some high-quality players to solidify their lineup in 2019.
A lineup that some people have already started to predict, two years into the future. Go figure.
@BarstoolJJ Clint Frazier is going to be the first career 8 hitter to make it to the HOF pic.twitter.com/K4fTA9wl5Q
— Gary (@GarysShorts) April 25, 2017
But you have to admit, that looks pretty great…
Meanwhile, down on the farm, Didi Gregorius is making his way back to the Bronx and is doing it in style.
Gregorius slugged his first home run since his return to the field today while playing with High-A.
#Yankees Didi Gregorius just CRUSHED an 0-1 pitch ON TOP of the Outfield Bar in RF at Steinbrenner Field. His 1st HR of his rehab.
— Nick Flammia (@TYRadioGuy) April 25, 2017
GET THAT MAN A DRINK! He is knighted, you know.
Gregorius has impressed so far, going 2-for-3 in his fourth rehab game this season. He is making the Yankees forget all about what Ronald Torreyes is doing and focus on when their star shortstop is coming back.
Derek Jeter made headlines again and no, not for becoming potentially the most talented father in the entire world. He and the former Governor of Florida Jeb Bush have won the auction to buy the Miami Marlins.
Jeter is bringing some New York magic down to South Florida and we can’t wait to see what happens.
Let’s end today’s Bomber Buzz on a highlight, shall we? There was no game yesterday but at least we were soothed by the fact that the Yankees are actually pretty good this year.
18 games into the season, the @Yankees are proving to be one of the American League's elite clubs. pic.twitter.com/jRe3oVFmCr
— YES Network (@YESNetwork) April 25, 2017
I’ll take those stats close to heart and continue cheering on these Yankees. Now their true test will come in Boston this week.
Thanks for staying tuned to this edition of the Bomber Buzz and hopefully tomorrow we can be discussing a victory on the road against the fiercest rivals. It’s on, Red Sox. Bring it.