As the days pass, two things become crystal clear the 2018 season is done and over. And more importantly, the 2019 season should be an exciting campaign. We are now more than a week removed from the final game of the 2018 World Series. And although not enough time has passed that the sting of the winner’s being the Boston Red Sox, the New York Yankees can hold fast on two things. So let’s talk about those things now. Here are the two most important offseason factors.
Under The Luxury Tax Threshold
Well let’s start with the most obvious of the two key factors, the New York Yankees find themselves under the Luxury Tax Threshold for the first time since the inception of the threshold. Thus this is the first offseason that the Yankees will not be paying a penalty tax. Only two clubs were over the Boston Red Sox and Washington Nationals. The significance of this is because of where the Yankees found themselves on that penalty scale. The Yanks were at the 50% mark for the threshold. Meaning plain and simple for every dollar they were over the sudo-salary cap then they paid 50 cents towards the penalty.
The Bronx Bombers finally getting under allows them to reset the penalties incurred for going over. Thus allowing them to spend a bit more freely. Why does it matter to a franchise the brings in so much revenue? Because they aren’t just throwing money away needlessly. Those penalties that they would have been paying can now be used to pay free agents that can help the ballclub. The Bombers can use that money on retooling and strengthening the current team. So no matter who the free agents the Yankees pursue, whether it be players like Patrick Corbin or JA Happ or even the marquee names of Bryce Harper and Manny Machado. The Yanks will benefit from focused spending on the field not in taxation.
Sounding Like A Steinbrenner
Over the course of the last fifteen seasons, the Yankees have only raised one World Series pennant. While during that same span the arch nemesis Red Sox have raised four World Series-winning crowns. The Red Sox winning the World Series is something that just doesn’t sit well with Yankee fans. Now we all know that Hal is not like his father George. The Boss was obsessed with winning, as true Yankee fans can agree with and proclaim that exact principle. Recently comments came out that the BoSox winning isn’t sitting right with the head Steinbrenner in charge.
“[It] certainly pisses me off,” Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner said, per Joel Sherman of the New York Post. “I never want a division rival to outdo us.” “I am frustrated we did not play up to our ability,” Steinbrenner added. “Except for [Masahiro] Tanaka, the starting pitching was not good, and the hitting was inconsistent. We are much better than we played in that series.”
Not as poignant a set of comments as would have been made by the Boss. But clear and direct none the less. With Hal being so candid with his comments regarding the teams inconsistent hitting and pitching, it can be expected that the Yankee’s Managing General Partner will want to make an impact on the baseball world. So whether that be a significant signing like a Bryce Harper or Manny Machado or an overall collection of players to fill roles and the rotation. Hearing Steinbrenner comments about being “pissed off” will undoubtedly make for a must watch offseason for Yankee fans.