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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Yankees only team not to sign free agent. History: Jackson, Winfield, Giambi, Matsui, Sheffield, Teixeira.

Late Yankee owner George Steinbrenner must be turning over in his grave.  Spinning.  Here are the big bopper free agents to sign with the Yankees over the years and their age in their first Yankees season, none younger than 29.  All did very well.

Reggie Jackson (31), Dave Winfield (29), Jason Giambi (31), Hideki Matsui (29), Gary Sheffield (35), Mark Teixeira (31).

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Reggie Jackson
Born: May 181946 in Abington, PA
Inducted into the Hall of Fame by BBWAA as Player in 1993 (396/423 ballots).
  • November 29, 1976: Signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.
  • November 13, 1981: Granted Free Agency.
197731New York Yankees$525,000?9/20/81 NY Times$200K salary, $400K bonus, $660K def., PR job
197832New York Yankees$525,000?9/20/81 NY Times$200K salary, $400K bonus, $660K def., PR job
197933New York Yankees$525,000?9/20/81 NY Times$200K salary, $400K bonus, $660K def., PR job
198034New York Yankees$525,000?9/20/81 NY Times$200K salary, $400K bonus, $660K def., PR job
198135New York Yankees$588,000*?
WS MVP 1977
HR champ 1980

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Dave Winfield
Born: October 31951 in St. Paul, MN
Inducted into the Hall of Fame by BBWAA as Player in 2001 (435/515 ballots).
198129New York Yankees$1,300,000?1981 TSN Guide10 years, with cost of living increases
198331New York Yankees$1,661,040?1/15/84 NYT
198432New York Yankees$1,820,704?1/4/85 TSN
198533New York Yankees$1,795,704?3/3/86 TSN1985 USA Today survey: $1,770,704
198634New York Yankees$1,886,714?1986 USA Today survey
198735New York Yankees$1,911,714?1987 USA Today survey
198836New York Yankees$1,958,652*?
198937New York Yankees$1,958,652?1989 USA Today surveyMissed entire season with injury
199038New York Yankees$1,958,652?USA Today

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Jason Giambi
Born: January 81971 in West Covina, CA
  • November 5, 2001: Granted Free Agency.
  • December 18, 2001: Signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.
  • November 4, 2008: Granted Free Agency.
200231New York Yankees$10,428,571?4/3/02 AP
200332New York Yankees$11,428,571?4/3/03 AP
200433New York Yankees$12,428,571?4/7/04 AP
200534New York Yankees$13,428,571?
200635New York Yankees$20,428,571?
200736New York Yankees$23,428,571?
200837New York Yankees$23,428,571?
41 HR each of first two Yankee seasons; first Yankee since Mickey Mantle to hit at least 40 HR in consecutive seasons.

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Hideki Matsui
Born: June 121974 in Neagari-cho, Ishikawa, Japan
  • December 19, 2002: Signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.
  • November 9, 2009: Granted Free Agency.
YearAgeTeamSalaryServTm(OpnDay)SourcesNotes/Other Sources
200329New York Yankees$6,000,000?4/3/03 AP
200430New York Yankees$7,000,000?4/7/04 AP
200531New York Yankees$8,000,000?
200632New York Yankees$13,000,000?
200733New York Yankees$13,000,000?
200834New York Yankees$13,000,000?
200935New York Yankees$13,000,000?
WS MVP 2009

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Gary Sheffield
Born: November 181968 in Tampa, FL
200435New York Yankees$13,000,000*?
200536New York Yankees$13,000,000?
200637New York Yankees$10,756,171?

Photo of Mark Teixeira
Mark Teixeira
Born: April 111980 in Annapolis, MD
  • October 30, 2008: Granted Free Agency.
  • January 6, 2009: Signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.
201131New York Yankees$23,125,0008.000
201232New York Yankees$22,500,0009.000contracts
201333New York Yankees$22,500,00010.000contracts
201434New York Yankees$22,500,00011.000contracts
201535New York Yankees$23,125,00012.000contracts
201636New York Yankees$23,125,00013.000
2009: led league in HR, RBI, TB
2010: led league in Runs

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