After missing the postseason for the first time in five years in 2013, it seemed likely that the New York Yankees would be active this offseason. Beset by age and injuries last year, the Yanks needed to get younger and better, and with few blue-chip prospects in the upper levels of their farm system, trades and free agency were the likeliest avenues to achieve that.
Specifically, re-signing their best position player, second baseman Robinson Cano, seemed like a no-brainer, and adding talent at multiple other positions, including catcher and in the outfield, as well as in the starting rotation and bullpen, looked like strong possibilities as well.
Of course, in what was something of a shocker, the Bronx Bombers didn't re-sign Cano, declining to match or better the whopping 10-year contract he eventually signed with the Seattle Mariners.
Instead, they've turned to the free-agent market for top-shelf talent at other positions of need, adding center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury and catcher Brian McCann, as well as coveted, albeit aging, outfielder/DH Carlos Beltran. They also re-signed starter Hiroki Kuroda, who will be 39 on Opening Day but has been terrific in his first two seasons in New York.
Despite the flurry of activity and gobs of money spent, work remains for the Yankees. Here's what's left for them to do, and how they might do it.