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

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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 the best 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]

ALSO: Max Scherzer showed off his WWE belt recently too. [Hall of Very Good]

SPEAKING OF AWARDS: Examining the Hall of Fame credentials of slugger Frank Thomas and his 521 home runs. [Sports Illustrated]

WELL THEN: Mark Mulder asked the Giants for a major-league contract. [Hardball Talk]

DEAL: The Mariners sign a one-year deal with Charlie Furbush. [@JeffPassan]

CONGRATS TO THE HAPPY COUPLE: Tampa Bay Rays star Evan Longoria and his Playmate of the Month girlfriend are getting married. [@JaimeEdmondson]

GIF CRAZY: The 2013 Golden GIFs — awards for bat flipping. [NotGraphs]

ICYMI: Is dressing up like Santa cursing New York Mets players? [Yahoo Sports]

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