Still together after all these years.
Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada, Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte made their ML debuts in 1995. All 4 were drafted by the Yankees. Simply amazing!
Hideki Matsui made his ML debut in 2003. The Yankees signed Matsui as a free agent from Japan. Alex Rodriguez made his Yankees debut in 2004. A-Rod was acquired by the Yankees in a blockbuster trade with the Texas Rangers.
Robinson Cano and Melky Cabrera made their ML debuts in 2005. Both were drafted by the Yankees as amateur free agents.
Johnny Damon and Brian Bruney made their Yankees debut in 2006. Damon was signed as a free agent from the arch nemesis, Boston Red Sox. He may be the most popular player who has won a world championship with both the Yankees and the Red Sox since Babe Ruth.
Brett Gardner, Phil Coke, David Robertson, Damaso Marte and Alfredo Aceves made their Yankees debut in 2008. For Gardner, Coke, Robertson and Aceves it was also their ML debuts. Gardner, Coke and Robertson were drafted by the Yankees; Aceves was acquired in a minor league trade with the Toronto Blue Jays; and Marte was acquired in a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Jerry Hairston, Jr. made his Yankees debut in 2009 after being acquired in a late-season trade with the Cincinnati Reds.
The year the piggy bank was broken.
The Yankees showed the world just how deep their pockets were by completely annihilating the rest of baseball in the free agent sweepstakes. C.C. Sabathia, A.J. Burnett and Mark Teixeira were signed for a whopping $423.5 million dollars. These 3 powerful free agents made their Yankees debut in 2009. Unless Major League Baseball does something about instituting a salary cap, it looks like The Empire is going to be around for a long time.
Oh yeah, Nick Swisher also made his Yankees debut in 2009. Swisher was acquired in a trade with the Chicago White Sox.
The reign of The Empire continues....
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