A month ago I discussed the possibility that the Yankees would abandon the austerity budget plan and continue to spend more than $189 million in 2014. Turns out the Yankees are in fact no longer serious about that goal.
Per Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, no one within the organization ever really felt this was possible. The money they stood to save by getting under $189 is no longer significant enough to justify a $3 billion organization sending out a cheaper team. A few million dollars wasn’t going to stop them.
I am again relieved by this fact. Truthfully I am surprised that the Yankees are as good as they are this season. I am now more reassured than ever, however, that the Yankees are going to be good in 2014 as well. Steinbrenner is going to be willing to spend however much it takes to make this franchise a winner.
Here’s a quote from Passan’s piece I really agree with:
“The logic holds up well: The Yankees are arguably the greatest brand in American sports, and already with an injury-depleted roster this season, they could suffer a down year. To dilute the Yankee name for multiple years would necessitate a humongous monetary benefit – one sources say the Yankees no longer believe is coming to them, even if they were to dip beneath $189 million.”
While I would like the Yankees to hold onto prospects and give them a shot to play, I also believe they can do that without going into the traditional rebuilding model. By that, I mean they can compete year in and year out while allowing their prospects to step in and make a contribution.
Many will say that spending in and of itself will not lead to success. That, of course, is true. Smart spending will definitely lead to success though. Others will say that the Yankees will never win until they fully commit themselves to rebuilding, give a team full of prospects a chance and see what sticks. Then spend to fill the gaps. That is a good formula for success, however there would be a few years of irrelevancy for the Yankees. To me, that would be unnecessary.
At this point, Yankees fans should rest easy on the notion that Steinbrenner will continue to spend and the Yankees will most likely continue to win. The countless one year contracts of washed up veterans will soon be a thing of the past because Steinbrenner and Cashman and company will now be able to sign some guys to longer term contracts.
The sleeping giant will be awakened this winter.