The answer to that question seem to be yes at this point. Hard to understand when a team spends over $228 million in 2013. Are now sitting at approximately $204 million, depending on what you read. Around a $24 million difference. From all indication the Yankees still made a substantial profit in 2013. Why would they not be willing to spend more?
First off the basic issue is always, what return will they get for money spent. Once over the $189 million mark they are subjected to a penalty of 50% on each dollar spent. That is a major consideration for this team. That means a player signed must project to be a considerable value or at least fill a major need.
Impacting the future. When you look out at the 2015 free agent class, there are some intriguing names. Looks like Chase Headley will head up the third basemen. The shortstops are aplenty J.J. Hardy, Hanley Ramirez and Asdrubal Cabrera top this list of potential shortstops. Then throw in the starting pitchers. A group that currently consists of Homer Bailey, James Shields and some other great options. Any of these guys mentioned would plug holes for the Yankees going forwards. With Michael Pineda and Manny Banuelos getting closer and closer to being ready to break into the starting rotation, hard not to at least give them a chance. Further down in the minors are some promising pitching prospects, good third basemen and some good looking outfielders. These guys paths would be at least restricted by the big league roster.
A-Rod situation in my opinion is still a lingering problem. Currently, we all are aware, that Alex has lawsuits filed against everyone. Not to mention several possible court injunctions in the works. If any injunction is granted he suddenly appears on the roster. Yes that is right A-Rod still might play in 2014. I remember when Joe Giradi stated that he was not totally sure that A-Rod would not be available in 2014. That basically is because of all the pending legal issues. It sure is obvious that this has to be a consideration. All Alex needs is for one judge to grant him an injunction. Stranger things have happened. Then again he might actually win a law suit. That would change everything. So far none have been thrown out and he has hired an excellent defense team. Alex again has a major impact on this year. Whether one wants to admit it or not.
So if tlsmleb or others needs answers and or someone to blame. They need to look no further than A-Rod.