The Red Sox trade designated hitter Mike Easler to the Yankees for DH Don Baylor, who will provide valuable veteran leadership for the eventual AL champs, while hitting only .238 for Boston. Easler known as the 'Hit Man', will live up to his nickname, batting .302 in his only full season with the second-place Bronx Bombers.
Four days shy of his 47th birthday, Phil Niekro's 24-year Hall of Fame career comes to an end when he is waived by the Yankees at the end of spring training. The right-handed knuckleballer, best known for his tenure with the Braves, compiled a 318-274 record along with a 3.35 ERA while hurling for four teams, that also included the Yankees, Indians, and Blue Jays.
Three days prior to Opening Day, the YES Network claims Cablevision has nixed a proposed deal signed 17 days ago that would have provided televised Yankee games to nearly three million cable subscribers in the NYC metropolitan area. According to a YES Network press release, the giant cable company failed to sign a finalized version of the hand-written document that both parties exchanged on March 12, but James L. Dolan, Cablevision president, said the typewritten draft contained unacceptable alterations.