Hal Steinbrenner's $189 million dollar mandate, which has since been downgraded from mandate to goal, might actually not be such a bad thing for the Yankees. The mandate begs the question of what is more important- winning now, or sacrificing for the future?
The answer to that question is both. And that's exactly what the Yankees intend to do this offseason. They will aggressively go after free agents like Japan's Masahiro Tanaka, while staying under the limit.
This is what GM Brian Cashman had to say on Ian O'Conner's ESPN Radio show:
"If we can reset the clock to some degree, without a doubt, that excess money that we are currently pouring into other franchises in major league baseball would then be able to pour into our player acquisition sole and would be able to be poured into this franchise over the next number of years,"
The most important thing to remember is that this is not the Yankees being cheap. By staying ...