As of right now, the New York Yankees are in rebuilding mode, mixing in veterans and young talent with hopes they can shape their roster for an eventual postseason run.
Doing so meant not spending big money in the free agent market, which resulted in the Yankees only signing Matt Holliday and Aroldis Chapman. While the Yankees are slowly rebuilding their lineup, they’re also looking ahead to the 2018 FA market, where some of baseball’s biggest names will get a taste of free agency–depending if their current teams don’t offer them a contract.
But the question is are the Yankees currently planning a spending spree when they’ve been so frugal in the past?
“I know the talk of the big free agent class of 2018 has already been discussed, and started like, ‘Ah, the Yankees are going to wait and reset the clock and go after these guys,'” Yankees GM Brian Cashman said. “This is my hope: at the end of the day, we are going to be in a position to do a number of things, and maybe we can turn the clock back to be big game hunters that we have been accustomed to being.”
The Yankees spending money during 2018 will all depend on how the Yankees farm system develops. Will the talented players in the minor leagues end up helping the Yankees, or will there be a few prospect busts along the way?
“As you see, we’re transitioning from contracts that we vested heavily in – and it did pay off for us in ’09 – but since this time, you saw one of our golden nuggets pop out of our system,” Cashman said. “Gary Sanchez established himself as potentially one of the high-end young players in the game. We could have a few more of those, and it will allow us to have a lot of different choices to see what’s on the open market at the time.”
Time will tell whether players such as Gleyber Torres, Clint Frazier, Tyler Austin, Aaron Judge, James Kaprielian and Greg Bird pan out. But if the Yankees have needs in 2018, they will surely look into the free agent market.
Even if it means spending big dollars to sign Harper and/or Machado.