Last year the Yankees spent over $228 million dollars towards the luxury tax. Without any additional signings, arbitration additions or insurance they currently have over $98 million on the books, for the 2014 season. We all hear about that goal of $189 million. Yet Hal Steinbrienner gave Jeter a $2.5 million pay raise. The only logical explanation is that Derek was rewarded for all of his years of loyalty and service to the Yankee organization. Then it is reported that Jeter was informed that the Yankees were looking at potential everyday starters at short. That sure makes it harder to reach that goal of $189 million. Then Hal shows up in Florida and was involved in the top free agent meetings. That seems strange. Is that not Brian Cashman's job? Specially since Hal has never done that before. What does it mean?
What if the Yankees did fill all of their needs for 2014 season thru free agents. Can you believe the following roster might actual cost the Yankees close to what they spent in 2013? Could it be possible, if you remove A-Rod's salary they could make it under the $189 million goal?
What if Hal made it happen?