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12-09-2013, 08:14 AM
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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The Yankees have invested $314 million in players since the 2013 season ended and one key decision-maker said “we are certainly done with the big free agents this offseason.”

That means the Yankees are most likely to go the trade route rather than spend on Omar Infante or Stephen Drew, and have become more dubious that they will pursue Masahiro Tanaka, even if a posting system is finalized and Tanaka actually gets posted. When it comes to a starter, the Yankees likely will follow the path from a few years back when they bottom-fed for success with Bartolo Colon and Freddy Garcia, and see if they can unearth a veteran with some fuel left.
Hal Steinbrenner has said for public consumption the $189 million is a goal, not a mandate. But, privately, Yankees officials have claimed it is much closer to a mandate.
IF true they might as well just sell all the top players they added, because it wont matter. The Yankees will not be a serious contender without one more top end SP.

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