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The Walk-Off: Baseball enjoys record profits in 2013; Yankees hit with huge luxury tax bill

Mike Oz
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The Walk-Off is your end-of-the-day collection of news and gossip from the world of baseball, plus the best of the blogosphere and other assorted goodness.

MONEY: Major League Baseball enjoyed record revenues in 2013, topping $8 billion for the first time. That's enough money for at least eight beers at an MLB game. [Forbes]

MO' MONEY: The Yankees got their luxury tax bill for 2013 — $28 million. Or, in other words, what they also paid Alex Rodriguez. That's a lot of wasted money. [Yahoo Sports]

GOOD READ: Baseball is praised for its proactive approach to protect players from concussions, writes Jeff Passan. [Yahoo Sports]

SIGNED: Jose Veras inks one-year deal with the Cubs to be their closer. [Chicago Tribune]

COMING TO AMERICA: Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo, who could be the next Cuban star to make an impact on an MLB team. [Baseball America]

GOOD READ: New normal for the Yankees? Maybe they're just not that good anymore. [Grantland]

RELATED: The Yankees continue to plug holes with older players. [Yahoo Sports]

THE CHAMP IS HERE: Clayton Kershaw shows of his WWE championship belt (given to him after winning the Cy Young) while "washing dishes." [@ClaytonKersh22]

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