New York Yankees' Biggest Winners and Losers of the Offseason so Far

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New York Yankees' Biggest Winners and Losers of the Offseason so Far
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Alex Rodriguez and Eduardo Nunez, two of the bigger 'losers' so far this offseason, may not see much of the Bronx in 2014.

Unlike many New Year's celebrators, the New York Yankees didn't suddenly decide on Jan. 1 to be a better organization, drop some salary-cap weight and reflect on the past year.

Many of us have only recently let go of some sweet 2013 memories, but the Bombers have been muttering "good riddance" to the most recent season since late September—when they finished third in the AL East and missed the postseason for the first time since 2008.

The process of self-betterment is an ongoing one for the Yanks. They haven't quite cleared house, but after two months of the offseason, we've learned that Robinson Cano apparently prefers Seattle's climate to New York's, that Curtis Granderson believes true New Yorkers are New York Mets fans and that some things—like the Yankees' spending habits or Scott Boras—will just never change.

Within the next month, the Yankees could sign Masahiro Tanaka, per a report by Marc Carig of Newsday, and showcase one of the most imposing pitching staffs in MLB. During the same span, the front office may also temporarily transform into a locker-room celebration—champagne and all—if Alex Rodriguez's suspension is upheld.

Having arrived at the midway point between the beginning of the winter months and the Yankees' first of the spring-training games, let's discuss the biggest winners and losers so far this offseason—with an eye to new acquisitions, recent departures, innocent bystanders, fortunate beneficiaries and special recognition to those who continue to find themselves in hot water. 

We'll skip the honorable mentions and start out with some "big" winners and losers before progressing to the "bigger" examples and, finally, rounding it out with the "biggest" victors and failures of the offseason so far.  

While the offseason is well underway, it is true 2014 has just begun; but if you were hoping to continue reminiscing about the 2013 season—or Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera's retirements and "moment" on the mound—you can probably still catch the relentless reruns on YES Network.

 

All statistics were obtained from Baseball-Reference.com, and advanced metrics were obtained from FanGraphs, unless otherwise noted. 

Think there was a bigger winner or loser not mentioned? Feel free to comment below with your thoughts.

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