Well...if you look at the dollars spent on CC Sabathia, AJ Burnett, and Mark Teixeira...I would say...hand them the World Series trophy and be done with it. However, let's not get carried away just yet. There are still some glaring weaknesses in their line-up, some aging parts that have no depth to assist over the marathon that is...the MLB season. OK...agreed, the Yankees will have a starting rotation that rivals the LA Angels and perhaps few others. But lets examine the "other" middle of the field positions (the traditional places where it takes to build a championship team). At Catcher, you have Jorge Posada who is coming off an injury and may or may not be the guy he has been in the past. Also, there is Jose Molina who is very servicable, but NOT a guy you can count on daily to be your top line guy behind the dish. Then you have to examine the effects on Posada as a "platoon" player. This guy is NOT going to accept that role very well in my opinion, but it DOES remain to be seen. At 2B, you have Robinson Cano. A guy who has spent significant time in Joe Girardi's "dog house" for not playing well. Now granted, he had a GREAT second half and if that goes into 2009, then this line was complete bunk and he'll be an All-Star again this season. At SS, Jeter. Enough said, he's the best in the game as much as I hate to say that. Then you have the interesting dilema that is CF. Now that Teixeira is in the Big Apple, Nick Swisher appears to be the guy for THAT role. REALLY...are you kidding me?? Don't get me wrong, Nick Swisher can hit and in spite of a sub-par 2008, I truly believe that the trade by the Yankees to bring him in was great...but to put him in the line up as the regular first-baseman, part-time DH, part-time CF. I just don't see him holding up as the EVERYDAY Centerfielder for this team. My personal opinion, the money spent on Teixeira would have been better spent on one Manny Ramirez. You could have left Johnny Damon in CF and platooned him with Melky Cabrera OR Brett Gardner (whichever performs better in the spring) and had Xavier Nady in RF. You also have an option to re-sign Justin Christian if you didn't believe in Gardner OR Cabrera. Then trade Hideki Matsui for a CF OR a DH, if you don't want Matsui as your DH to begin with. Then there is the AGING bullpen. Sorry, Yankee fans, there is going to come a time where Mariano Rivera can't close games any more and that time is sooner rather than later. AND who is there to handle the chore when Rivera can't...Damaso Marte??...are you kidding me?? This guys was brutal in PIT and then even worse when brought in to close for a time last season. Sabathia will eliminate the need for the pen once every five days, which is nice, but what about the other four days...think about it.
So for those crying for a salary cap in baseball...I say this. Let the league continue to tax the New Yorkers 'till they are blue in the face and let's see Boston, Tampa Bay, Baltimore and Toronto continue to build from within and continue to beat the daylights out of the money happy Yankees. Not to mention the Chicago White Sox, LA Angels, Minnesota, Detroit and Cleveland among others.