Yankees managing general partner, Hal Steinbrenner, is primed for a busy offseason.
After staying under the luxury tax this season, the Yankees reset their threshold for next season, which means Steinbrenner has a little more wiggle room to work with. But in a recent interview on ESPN's "The Michael Kay Show," it sounded like Steinbrenner doesn't mind living up to his family name and spending big if the player is worth it.
"Look, my family has always been willing to take money that comes off the payroll and put it back in," Steinbrenner said Friday. "We're going to do our best to field a championship-caliber team every single year. This coming year is going to be no different than last."
This year's free-agent class with feature two perennial All-Stars in SS/3B Manny Machado and OF Bryce Harper, and they are bound to see a hefty long-term deal. The Yankees have been high on Machado in the past, trying to trade for him during this year's deadline and last offseason. And with Didi Gregorius undergoing Tommy John Surgery, Machado definitely makes more sense now.
Harper, on the other hand, isn't a necessity for the Yankees. But we all know New York was Harper's favorite team growing up, and an outfield boasting Harper alongside Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge would be music to anyone's ears.
Starting pitching is also a concern for the Yankees, and LHP Patrick Corbin is a name of interest as well this offseason. The ALDS against the Red Sox revealed to Steinbrenner that another trustworthy starter is needed.
"The other thing is our starting pitchers, except for [Masahiro] Tanaka, they were not good," Steinbrenner said bluntly. "All of a sudden, your hitters are down three, four, five, six runs in inning three or four and it really puts the pressure on them and changes the dynamics somewhat of the whole process. Their pitchers get emboldened, so that just makes it more difficult."
These free-agent options are all hypotheticals, but Steinbrenner is going to do his due-diligence with each one as the Yankees fell short of their World Series goal. He will do whatever it takes to get his team back to the best in baseball.
"We're going to leave no stone unturned," he said. "Every single option that comes across my desk I'm going to be considering. I don't know who that is or who that isn't. We haven't begun that process yet."