Despite losing superstar Robinson Cano, the New York Yankees and general manager Brian Cashman had a pretty productive offseason.
Following a disappointing 2013 mired by injuries and poor performances, Cashman entered the offseason with the goal of re-tooling his roster. He attacked free agency from the onset of the offseason. That type of approach has generally worked in short-term situations from the Bombers, and Cashman wasted no time in giving money to high-priced free agents.
As the money kept leaving Hal and Hank Steinbrenner's pockets, the payroll kept rising and rising. It appeared as if the Yankees might be done spending by the beginning of January. Alas, those thoughts were quickly put to rest when we learned they were heavily involved with free agent Masahiro Tanaka.
Fast forward about three weeks, and the Yankees had abandoned their initial goals of ending the offseason with a payroll under $189 million.
While that may lead you to believe that this team will be successful in 2014, there are several issues with this roster that Cashman didn't address or simply addressed poorly. It will be these moves (or lack thereof) that he ends up regretting later on this year.