If you are looking for insight as to what the Yankees will do this off-season, look no further. We at the RJG have figured it out. The Yankees long-term plan looks like this:
2013 - Sign aged veterans to one year deals.
2014 - Sign aged veterans to one year deals again.
2015 - Spend lavishly!
How does this work? Well basically, the Yankees mandate is to be under $189 million for 2014, and one of their key stars (Cano) is a free agent after next season. These two points are going to make the Yankees timid about signing any deals into the year 2014. Once the Yankees have picked up a ton of 1 year players for 2013 at a low cost, these positions will be open for 2014 when the Yankees will likely pick up a bunch of 1 year players at low costs again in addition to signing Cano. Then in 2015, after two years of mediocrity, the Yankees will strike! The luxury tax rate will be reset, and they'll be happy to start paying for some big free agents.
So there you have it. The long term plan, is short term deals.