It was on this day in 1954 that the Yankees and Orioles finalized a huge 17-player deal that took five days to fully process. The most notable new Yankees were future Cy Young winner "Bullet" Bob Turley and Don Larsen, who achieved baseball immortality two years later when he threw the only perfect game in World Series history.
Some news from the modern-day Yankees…
- There are teams interested in dealing for Nick Swisher, reports ESPN's Buster Olney. The Yankees "will listen on anyone" but they say they aren't shopping Swisher despite "a perception in some corners of the marketplace" that the outfielder is on the market.
- A year after signing with the Yankees for a $500K bonus, Dominican right-hander Jose Rafael DePaula still hasn't made the contract official because he's been unable to obtain a visa, reports Ben Badler of Baseball America. DePaula has been working out at the Yankee's Dominican academy in the interim.
- "Our club is pretty much set except for trying to shore up the back end of the rotation," Brian Cashman told Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily News. Cashman said he engaged in a few minor discussions at the GM meetings but they "went nowhere. I floated some weather balloons that popped, mostly trade stuff."
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