The New York Yankees have officially been mathematically eliminated from playoff contention. Tried as they might the Jays 14 wins they gave the Yankees wasn’t enough to help them make it.
So baseball fans can rejoice for about a month before the offseason starts but then they can start being afraid very very afraid.
The Yankees don’t have a lot of recent history of not making the playoffs to make reference to but in 2008 when they missed it they went out the following offseason and signed CC Sabathia, AJ Burnett and Mark Teixeira.
If memory serves me right they haven’t had an offseason close to that busy since because well they’ve made the playoffs every other year so they’ve only needed minor tweaks.
You can probably expect another busy offseason for the Yankees after missing the playoffs this season.
They’d probably have a busy offseason anyways because Pettitte’s retiring and Korada, Hughes, Cano and Granderson are free agents to free up some money and A-Rod might be out for 2014 with a suspension. Jeter’s future is up in the air and they also don’t have a legitimate catcher like a certain other team.
But missing the playoffs makes getting the answer to all those questions sorted out a little more urgent.
And with the Jays needing a big offseason themselves the Yankees being in competition with them is not good.
Alex Anthopoulos doesn’t really use free agency anyways but even if he wanted to good luck outbidding the Yankees for free agents especially after a season where the Yankees were the better team.
The Jays could even lose out on players in trades because the Yankees can take on more of their salary or have certain players more willing to waive their no trade clause to go to the Yankees then the Jays.
Whatever happens in the offseason it’s a safe bet the Yankees are going to go all out in making sure they don’t have another season of missing the playoffs.
You just have to hope the Jays can try to keep up.