How did the Yankees’ vacation additions fare after joining the team?
Hello everyone, I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and have a happy New Year’s Eve. The holiday season got some of us at PSA in the mood. Yesterday, Jesse compiled his Christmas wishlist of the four things he hopes to see from the Yankees once the new collective agreement is ratified, and earlier today Matt recalled some big ‘Christmas stockings’ from the Yankees. Yankees. To stay on topic, I thought I would go back to the best “Christmas presents” the Yankees have received and rank them by fWAR.
Granted, the Yankees never signed or traded for a player on Christmas Day itself, so I widened the review window by a week on either side. I also decided to only count the WAR accumulated during the Yankees’ uninterrupted tenure after their signing / exchange, which is why Roger Clemens – signed his penultimate contract with the Yankees on December 30, 2002 – Dave Righetti – extended Dec. 23, 1987 – and Tommy John – brought back for the Yankees’ second stint on Dec. 21, 1987 – all fail for inclusion in this list. With those qualifications covered, let’s look under the Christmas tree.
12. Gary Sheffield, December 19, 2003 (6.5 fWAR)
Prior to the 2003 season, the Yankees signed Gary Sheffield to a three-year, $ 39 million contract. Even at the age of 35 and 36, Sheffield was still one of the best hitters in the game, passing 30 homers and 120 RBIs en route to a pair of All-Star appearances.
However, a collision with Shea Hillenbrand of Toronto in May 2006 resulted in wrist surgery. This virtually ended the Sheffield Yankees career as he only returned in September and was traded the following offseason with Bobby Abreu now entrenched in right field.
11. Gerrit Cole, December 18, 2019 (6.7 fWAR)
After two masterful seasons in Houston, during which he transformed into one of the best pitchers in the game, the Yankees signed Gerrit Cole to a record nine-year $ 324 million contract in the 2019 offseason. -2020. And while he’s been the Yankees’ best pitcher by far and one of the league’s best starters since joining, it’s fair to say that Cole has so far not fully delivered on his promise to arrive. , the Yankees escaping the 2021 Wild Card game as their ace attempted to throw on an injured hamstring.
10. Bullet Joe Bush, December 20, 1921 (8.5 fWAR)
In the winter of 1921, the Yankees acquired Bullet Joe Bush as part of a three-player comeback in a trade that sent Rip Collins, Roger Peckinpaugh, Bill Piercy, Jack Quinn and $ 100,000 to the Red Sox. He finished fourth in the 1922 AL MVP poll and was part of the 1923 that won the inaugural Yankees nomination. World events Title. In three seasons in the Bronx, Bush went 62-38 with a 3.44 ERA and 297 strikeouts, pitching at least 250 innings in each campaign.
9. David Wells, December 24, 1996 (8.7 fWAR)
David Wells signed for his first stint with the Yankees before the 1997 season and picked number 33 as a tribute to Babe Ruth. Boomer memorably kicked off the 15th Perfect Game in MLB history – and the second in Yankees history – on May 17, 1998, when he apparently had a serious hangover.
Wells won his second World Series ring that year before being traded to the Blue Jays in the offseason as part of the package that brought Roger Clemens to the Bronx.
T-7. Sad Sam Jones, December 20, 1921 (10.1 fWAR)
Sad Sam Jones was the second of three players included in the aforementioned 1921 trade between New York and Boston. He pitched a hit on September 4, 1923, becoming only the third player in MLB history to pitch a hit without recording a strikeout. He also won the 1923 World Series against the Giants, converting the stoppage in the deciding Game 6. In five seasons with the Yankees, Jones went 67-56 with a 4.06 ERA and 363 strikeouts.
T-7. Catfish Hunter, December 31, 1974 (10.1 fWAR)
Following a breach of contract dispute with the A’s in 1974, when Oakland owner Charlie Finley refused to pay an agreed-upon amount of $ 50,000 in a life insurance annuity, an arbitrator granted Hunter free will. Soon after, he became baseball’s most expensive player, signing a groundbreaking five-year, $ 3.35 million contract with the Yankees. He was part of the World Series winning teams of 1977 and 1978, but struggled with arm injuries in the later years of his career after more than 300 consecutive seasons in 1974 and 1975. Hunter was elected to the Hall of Famous in 1987 but unfortunately passed away from Lou Gehrig’s disease in 1999.
6. Hideki Matsui, December 19, 2002 (12.6 fWAR)
After playing the first 10 years of his career with the Yomiuri Giants, Matsui signed a three-year, $ 21 million contract with the Yankees in December 2002. Godzilla terrorized opposing pitchers in his first season in the greats, narrowly missing the recruit. of the year after two writers contested his age.
Matsui capped his tenure with the Yankees in style, winning the 2009 World Series MVP after going 8-for-13 with three homers and eight RBIs, including his six-point smackdown in the deciding Game 6 during the Philly.
5. Luis Severino, December 26, 2011 (13.0 fWAR)
The Yankees signed Luis Severino as a 17-year-old international free agent in 2011. Despite some early growth struggles after his debut in 2015, Severino rose to the national stage with two seasons of more than five wins in 2017 and 2018, looking like one of the league’s new aces. Sadly, injuries have limited him to just 18 innings since the start of the 2019 season, and the Yankees will be hoping he can regain some of his dominant form three years and two major injuries withdrawn from sustained success.
4. David Cone, December 21, 1995 (18.1 fWAR)
The Yankees acquired David Cone from the Blue Jays just before the trade deadline in 1995 and extended him for three years, $ 19.5 million that winter. He was a full member of the more recent Yankee dynasty which won four titles in five years. He also pitched the 16th Perfect Game in MLB history just one year after his teammate Wells’ feat.
In an astonishing twist, that day was Yogi Berra’s first return to Yankee Stadium after a long feud with George Steinbrenner, and the Hall of Fame catcher caught the first ceremonial pitch that day from Don Larsen, which he caught the perfect match in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series.
3. Jason Giambi, December 18, 2000 (21.9 fWAR)
After a two-year stint in which he won the 2000 AL MVP and was worth nearly 17 wins, Jason Giambi signed a seven-year, $ 120 million contract with the Yankees. Although he never quite reached the heights of his later years at Oakland, Giambi was arguably one of the most underrated players on his Yankees teams, consistently leading the league running while continuing to strike for power.
In seven years in the Bronx, Giambi beat 0.260 / 0.404 / 0.521 with 209 home runs, 604 RBIs and 145 wRC +, narrowly missing a ring with the team when his 2009 option was turned down.
2. CC Sabathia, December 18, 2008 (31.6 fWAR)
After his exploits in his half-season with the Brewers, Sabathia signed a record seven-year, $ 161 million pitcher contract as part of the inaugural season of the new Yankee Stadium. He helped win a title that year and dominated his first three seasons in the Bronx, setting up a trio of seasons with more than five wins.
However, chronic issues resulting from a 2011 meniscus tear in the right knee undermined the southpaw’s speed and efficiency during the final years of his tenure with the Yankees, although a change in form led to a mini-resurgence from 2016-18 until his retirement in 2019.
1. Babe Ruth, December 26, 1919 (149.9 fWAR)
And finally, who is more apt to top the list of the Yankees’ most valuable Christmas gifts than the King of war himself, Babe Ruth. On December 26, 1919, Red Sox owner Harry Frazee sold the rights to Ruth to the Yankees for $ 100,000 and a loan of $ 350,000 from Yankee owner Jacob Ruppert, secured by a mortgage on Fenway Park. The rest is history, as Ruth would win four World Series with the Yankees, setting the single-season home run record at 60 in 1927 – broken by Roger Maris in 1961 – career home run record at 714 – beaten by Henry Aaron in 1974 – and the record 15 wins in a single season in WAR in 1923, becoming the most iconic legend in the history of the game.