When Major League Baseball and the Players Union were discussing the terms for a new CBA, the Yankees stood to the side and waited until the process was complete.
The only thing the Yankees did prior to the new CBA was trade Brian McCann to the Houston Astros, which obviously left a hole at DH.
With the new CBA in place, Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman is ready to get the ball rolling. However, the Yankees won’t make a move until the Winter Meetings begin on Monday in Maryland.
“Hopefully before the Winter Meetings we’ll be able to hit the ground running,” Cashman said while he was practicing rappelling down the Landmark Building in Stamford, Connecticut. Cashman will rappel down the building again on Sunday as he participates in the “Heights and Lights” event.
Cashman said the new CBA will have an impact on the Yankees spending habits. The unusually frugal Bronx Bombers have stood pat for the past year and a half, but they might start spending now that the luxury tax will rise to $195 Million in 2017.
“The most important thing is the impact of the new luxury tax and the penalties associated with it,” Cashman said. “We’re already in the penalty, we’ve been in the penalty. I think from the early returns, the decisions that we made in the summer were even that much more important based on some of the stuff I’m reading.”
The Yankees were sellers at the trade deadline last offseason, trading away Carlos Beltran, Ivan Nova, Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller. The team also cut ties with Alex Rodriguez in August. As a result of the trades, Yankees have a bright future since they’ve stocked up their farm system.
Next season, the team will need to add pitching. However, that will prove difficult since the pitching market this offseason is “thin”.
“I don’t feel like we’ve missed out on any opportunity that was realistic,” Cashman said. “This market is saturated with bats. The bullpen market, you’ve got a lot of different choices. I think we still have time on that.”