You really didn’t the Yankees were going to play it conservatively the offseason following a 3rd place finish did you??
Because according to ESPNNewYork.com, the teams front office that includes GM Brian Cashman and owner Hal Steinbrenner is putting together an offseason plan for the Yankees to spend in upwards of $300 million dollars. Team organizational meetings begin on Monday.
For a team who’s motto is “Win at all costs” this really shouldn’t be that surprising, however the team is still hoping to keep its payroll under the $189 million dollar mark.
Some of the names that are being talked about right now are Carlos Beltran, Brian McCann, Japenese star pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, as well as the Yankees re-signing Robinson Cano.
After the Yankees missed the playoffs in 2008, the team had a major spending spree that resulted in the signings of Mark Teixeira, AJ Burnett, and CC Sabathia.
The 24-year-old Tanaka was freakishly dominant in Japan last year going 24-0, no that’s not a typo, with an other-worldy 1.27 ERA. With Andy Pettitte, Phil Hughes, and possibly Hiroki Kuroda leaving, the Yankees will need to add starting pitching.
With the success of Yu Darvish the last few years, and how dominant Tanaka has been, the bidding is expected to be even higher than it was for Darvish. The Yankees could definitely use Tanaka who could be a front-end starter for over a decade.
It’s clear that the Yankees need a reliable every day catcher because no offense to Chris Stewart, but if he’s your everyday catcher, that’s a problem. In 109 games last season, Stewart hit .211 with 25 RBIs. Those numbers speak for themselves.
Adding Brian McCann would be a brilliant move for the Yankees especially considering that this past season was a bit of a down year for McCann standards. He’s a consistent 20 home-run guy, and can drive in between 70 and 90 RBIs.
The 3rd big name is Carlos Beltran who the Yankees really wanted prior to the 2005 season but ended up going with Johnny Damon. Beltran is up there in age and will be 37 in April of 2014, and besides striking out in game 7 of the 2006 NLCS, is an incredible post-season hitter.
There just may not be enough room on the team for Beltran with fellow veterans including Alfonso Soriano, Ichiro, and Vernon Wells to go along with Brett Gardner and Curtis Granderson who is also a free agent.
No matter who the Yankees end up with though, it’s a good sign that the front office won’t tolerate another 3rd place finish, because in Yankee land, that’s unacceptable.