It is shaping up to be one interesting offseason for the New York Yankees and the World Series hasn’t even started yet.
It seems as everyday there’s a new headline in the news that has something to do with the Yankees, from the Biogenesis fiasco, to the Yankee legends retiring, to Robinson Cano’s free agency and now strictly their payroll.
A report from Andrew Marchand earlier in the weekend said that with the signing of Cano and a few others, the Yankees eye a $300 million shopping list. That is a vast difference from the first purported plan to slash the payroll to $189 million to get under the luxury tax before making a big splash in the next few years.
By getting under the luxury tax, the Yankees can reset their tax instead of paying even more of a luxury tax and the Yankees would be saving tens of millions of dollars by resetting the tax. Maybe now under pressure from the fans and audiences the Yankees realize they can not go on the cheap and will decide to go the Yankee way and be a big player in the free agent market.
The Yankees are still working to get under the $189 million threshold but are devising a plan to spend big on free agents while saving money elsewhere. They plan to spend big in a way they did in the winter of 2008-09 when they spent $423 million on CC Sabathia, Mark Teixeira and A.J. Burnett which led to a World Series Title.
According to the report, the Yankees have several targets in mind, beginning with of course the re-signing of the cornerstone of their lineup, second baseman Cano. The Yankees are also expected to bid big on Japanese starting pitcher, Masahiro Tanaka. They will then look to greatly upgrade their backstop situation as they plan to go after Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann.
Just when you think they’re done, the Yankees are also looking to go after this era’s Mr. October: St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran. They passed on Beltran when he hit free agency after the 2004 season when he was unstoppable in the playoffs, but I doubt they’ll pass again.
These all sound like much-needed signings but they also have to shore up the rotation and may add a few free agents on the cheap like Tim Lincecum who is coming off a couple bad seasons and may take a cheap contract so he can prove he still has it. Ubaldo Jimenez isn’t the same dominant pitcher he once was with the Colorado Rockies but pitched pretty effectively for the Cleveland Indians last season.
This plan may work especially if Alex Rodriguez is indeed suspended for the season or even a portion of it as the Yankees will save a ton of money if he is off the field and the bid money for foreign players does not count against the payroll figures.
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It seems as the Yankees will always find a way to stay relevant and will go into their organizational meetings on Monday with a new task at hand. It will be one exciting offseason.
They may say the Yankees are done as they miss the playoffs with their aging roster but the last time they missed the playoffs, they spent big on free agents and added their 27th title the very next year.
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