1.) Are the Yankees really going to stick to a budget?
I led this article by questioning whether or not the Yankees will really attempt to contain costs this offseason. With a plethora of elite outfielders in this year’s free agent class, and only one more year of Carlos Beltran, the Yankees need to consider spending on a big bat for their corner outfield. Justin Upton should be tops on their list, not Jason Heyward. Upton will not be as expensive for the suddenly penny-pinching Yankees ownership group.
While it’s understandable that the Yankees would hope to avoid adding more bad contracts this winter, the free-agent crop of outfielders are far younger than most of the older veterans now on the roster were at the time they were signed. Neither Upton or Heyward would be a poor investment, and both would benefit from the hitter-friendly stadium the Yankees call home. Brett Gardner will be traded, but it’s not to free up cash. A trade of Gardner is a move to open a corner outfield spot for one of the big-ticket outfielders on the free-agent market. The Yankees are attempting to be coy about their free-agent plans, but in the end, the temptation to spend on an outfielder under the age of 30 will be too powerful for Hal Steinbrenner and his management team.