Recently, Randy Levine issued the following quote:
"We've actually increased our payroll this year...As sometimes happens, certain people like to ignore the facts
instead of the reality. These are the same people who one day criticize
us for spending too much money, the next day criticize us for spending
too little. The goal of the team every year is to do what's necessary to
field a championship team. That goes for this year and, as Hal
Steinbrenner has said, next year and every year going forward."
The Yankees had a number of players leave during the off season, and appeared uninterested in replacing them with an equivalent player. Instead, the Yankees either signed players that could play the position but not replace the offense (Swisher for Ichiro), or left the position open to spring training competition (catcher). The Yankees did re-sign a number of players from the 2012 team, but they also let a lot of good players walk, in what appeared to be a cost cutting move. Soriano, Swisher, and Martin, all signed with other teams, and all had an impact on the 2012 team. So if what Randy Levine is saying is true, then the Yankees are spending more this season, while losing Swisher's offense in right, have a minor league player replace Martin, and have no one replace Soriano. Sure, needing to pay someone to play 3rd base because your $29 million 3rd baseman is out for half the season doesn't help, but still I'm quite baffled by this.