With the holiday season fully upon us, it is likely that news from the Yankee world will continue to be sparse. So sparse in fact that we forgot to wish everyone a merry Christmas as the Yankees off season had lulled us to sleep. For this reason, we would like to now wish everyone a late merry Christmas, happy holidays for anyone who doesn't celebrate Christmas, and of course a happy new year to everyone because whether you celebrate new years or not, the new year is still coming.
With that said, the recent news that the Yankees are paying their lowest luxury tax is proof of a page being turned in Yankeedom. Over the past few years, the Yankees have shifted from the previous strategy of big free agent spending and past-their-prime trades. Don't get me wrong, the Yankees still spend big on free agents and make trades but now the deals are getting smarter. CC Sabathia, despite the Yankees bizarre strategy of outbidding themselves to land him, was a good signing. It wasn't the Kevin Brown, Randy Johnson approach to the rotation. Sabathia was a young pitcher in his prime, and we've reaped the benefits of that. Granderson and Swisher were two very intelligent trades that have landed us two cost controlled productive players. Last season, the front office diverted from the smart building strategy and signed Soriano, but I think they learned their lesson as they haven't jumped at anyone like that this year. If this holds out and the front office doesn't panic, we could actually see the Yankees build a team from their own farm system.