I don't think so. It looks to me like the Yankees are picking their spots. If I use their recent roster moves as indications, it appears that they're targeting a few specific areas. They really like young talented pitchers who are prime to take the next step.
There is a limited number of players for which the Yankees are willing to open their wallets, but it makes sense that they would do this for their core team. As of this writing, the Yankees are projected to pay 70% of their budget to their top 7 players. For all other spots, they're clearly looking for average or above-average players at economy prices. Gone are the days of wild spending, trying to acquire an All-Star at every position. I don't think this is necessarily a bad thing. We've had the largest team budget in the majors, but we've won the Series one time in the last 10 years. Clearly spending everywhere doesn't win you a championship, but I think smart spending in key spots increases the odds. Certainly this strategy brings a set of problems with it - not knowing what the catcher spot looks like, not having a solid DH, etc. But I think the strategy makes sense, and maximizes our odds for winning while avoiding financial regrets down the road.
--Ike Dimitriadis, BYB Writer
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