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A look at the Yankees’ self-inflicted financial bind

Every Yankees winter features a similar song and dance. The team enters the offseason sporting a talented roster, but not one without holes. Rumors abound about whether they’ll target the biggest names on the free-agent and trade markets, but just as much speculation swirls regarding the extent to which the team will spend.

Things are a little different this time around. The question in recent offseasons has been whether the Yankees would spend big to add huge external contributors like Manny Machado or Gerrit Cole. We’re no longer asking if they’ll flash cash to add shiny new toys.