That certainly seems to be the expectation. Losing in the playoffs is one thing, but virtually every prominent offensive player—and the Yankees have many of them—put up a feeble effort at the plate, making an already formidable Tigers pitching staff look unstoppable. (Maybe they are unstoppable.)
So, how are the Yankees going to respond?
Will principal owner Hal Steinbrenner and general manager Brian Cashman oversee a free-agent spending spree as in 2008, when the team didn't even make the playoffs? Will Cashman get on the phone with his fellow GMs and try to make several trades? Or will we ultimately see much the same roster as the Yanks had this year?
The status quo seems unlikely given the embarrassing results of the ALCS. But an overhaul probably isn't realistic either, considering the salaries of some of the players who Yankees fans would like to see shipped out of town.
But Cashman can't bring back the same team next year. Changes have to made, if for no other reason than to make the roster younger and more athletic than the one that seemed to be fossilizing in the postseason.
Here are five signings or trades that the Yankees could make before next season. The Yanks won't make all of these moves during the offseason, but one or two of them could tweak the roster as needed.