Monday Morning News And Notes: 12/22/14

It was a slow weekend around these parts after a furious Friday.  The general feeling now is that the Yankees are done putting their 2015 roster together, but I wouldn't be surprised if there was another move or 2 still to be made.  There weren't any over the weekend, and there probably won't be during this holiday week, but there were a few other noteworthy happenings that we'll catch up on now. - Via Bryan Hoch, the Yankees did not put in a bid for Korean shortstop Jung-Ho Kang before Friday's deadline.  Kang, 27, was a rumored target earlier in the offseason before the Gregorius trade.  With Sir Didi slated to hold down the starting job, Kang was no longer necessary and it made sense to pass on him.

- The final 2014 team payroll figures came in, and for the first time in 15 years it won't be the Yankees with the highest payroll.  It also won't be the Yanks paying the most in luxury tax since its inception in 2003.  The Dodgers finished with a $257.283 million payroll this past season, good for a $26.6 mil LT hit.  The Yankees LT total was $18.3 million, down from 28.1 in 2013.  They've also added young, cost-controlled players and no ridiculous contracts this offseason, so that number could continue to come down.

- In non-baseball news, it was announced yesterday that George Steinbrenner's Silver Shield Foundation will pay for the education of slain NYPD officer Rafael Ramos' 2 children.  That entire story is terribly sad and disturbing, especially around this time of year, but it's a nice gesture on behalf of the Steinbrenners and the foundation to help start the healing for the families.

I'm going to be off the grid for the next few days as I make a whirlwind tour of mini-Christmas celebrations up and down the east coast.  I hope everybody who's celebrating has a safe and merry Christmas this week.  May your hearts and bellies be full, your time with family be enjoyable, and may Santa bring you everything you want.  See ya in a few days.