New York Yankees: 4 Moves That Could Reshape the Yanks Next Year

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New York Yankees: 4 Moves That Could Reshape the Yanks Next Year
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To this point, the 2012 MLB season has been a year of ups and downs for the Yankees. After emerging as one of baseball's best over the summer, New York has seen a 10-game division lead evaporate over recent months, creating suspense in the standings and chaos in the city that never sleeps. 

Such struggles may have sparked midseason changes during the George Steinbrenner era; however, a patient approach from Hank and Hal appears to be the current stance in the Bronx. 

Failure to make or advance in the playoffs will certainly trigger negative reaction for the team with baseball's highest payroll. But after ownership vowed to get under the $189 million luxury tax during this upcoming offseason, the 2013 Bronx Bombers may have a different look to them. 

Of course, nothing is certain just yet. We are talking about the Yankees after all. 

2008 marked the lone season over the past 17 years in which New York failed to qualify for postseason play. Following failure, the Yanks didn't exactly shy away from the checkbook. 

A $432.5 million commitment to free-agent contracts was the response to the third-place finish in '08. And it paid off when the Yankees claimed World Series title No. 27 the next season. 

So for a team famous for spending, in a sport where salary caps don't exist, the options are limitless. 

Here are a few moves that could shake up the Yankees roster in 2013.

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