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Yankees Facing Tough Offseason Decisions Amid Ownership Push To Lower Payroll
Published October 1, 2013
UPHILL BATTLE: In N.Y., Benjamin Hoffman writes it is Yankees GM Brian Cashman's "task to figure out what to do next," and he will have "considerable flexibility in creating" next season's team. But the Yankees' "tendency to buy the best talent available every season has created an environment in which every other team seems eager to sign its own players to large contract extensions before they become free agents" (N.Y. TIMES, 9/29). In New Jersey, Bob Klapisch noted Cashman "won’t say if the next three months will be the most challenging of his career, but it doesn’t take a deep appreciation of the Yankees’ predicament to know it’s going to be a doozy of an off-season." If there is "any consolation for Cashman, it’s that George Steinbrenner isn’t around to make his life miserable." Cashman is "essentially handcuffed, although that won’t slow down critics who say the Yankees should’ve been better prepared for this potential dark age" (Bergen RECORD, 9/29).