The Yankees' activity on the free agent market has slowed way down since the Carlos Beltran signing. Sure, they added Brian Roberts and Matt Thornton this week, but their involvement on the starting pitching market has been non-existent with things held up on the Masahiro Tanaka front and now it sounds like the plan to stay under the $189 million luxury tax threshold is back on again. Via Joel Sherman's Thursday column:
"Because as one member of the organization said to me, 'We either have to be under $189 million or up over $200 million or more. Think how dumb it would look if we worked for a few years to get under $189 million and we didn’t and we were at like $192 million and just missed. Either we go under or way over.'"
That comment was made in the context of talking about Alex Rodriguez's suspension, but it still doesn't make a lot of sense to me. The Yankees have spent a shit ton of money this offseason, enough money to put themselves right on the ragged edge of going over that 189 number. They've done a solid job of trying to reload the team on the fly but there are still some major spots that need to be addressed. To not stay fully committed to that and to go super cheap to avoid the luxury tax in the event that A-Rod isn't suspended for the whole year is stupid and makes the rest of their big offseason moves relatively pointless.
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