The New York Yankees are reportedly going to go on a $300 Million shopping spree, but according to ESPN Insider, it looks as if $300 Million won’t be enough to bring a sinking Yankees team back to championship form.
Mike Petriello of ESPN Insider wrote a column this morning about why he believed $300 Million wouldn’t be enough to keep the Yankees in contention. You have to have a subscription to read the article but ESPNNewYork was gracious enough to put a snippet of the article on their blog:
So sure, the Yankees could gamble on Japanese import Masahiro Tanaka to join the rotation, or add the aging (yet still productive) Carlos Beltran to the outfield, or make a risky bet on catcher Brian McCann — or even all three. To do so would add something in the neighborhood of $45 million in salary (Tanaka’s posting fee would not count against the luxury tax), and would basically max out the remaining available payroll. It also leaves them perhaps two pitchers short of a rotation (depending on what free agent Kuroda does), light in the bullpen and without any sort of adequate backup plans for the multitude of risks Teixeira, Jeter and Rodriguez offer in the infield.
For this plan to work, the team would need an influx of talent from the minors to make an immediate impact, but the Yankees don’t have the kind of prospects on the horizon who can be expected to make a difference in 2014.
The Yankees can improve their team this winter, and they can also stay under the cap limit. It’s just going to be very hard to do both, and unless Sabathia, Teixeira and Jeter suddenly look like they did five years ago, the Yankees might not be able to spend their way out of this hole any time soon.
So could Petriello be right about the Yankees woes, or could $300 Million be enough to bring back the Yankees we all grew up with? There’s only one way to find out.