In the wake of the Yu Darvish sweepstakes, there were plenty of reports that the Yankees were never serious bidders. Today, Jon Heyman reported that their final bid was $15 million, nowhere near the Rangers bid of $51.7 million.
Granted, $15 million plus a multi-year contract would have been a sizable financial commitment from the Yankees, but in this posting process, the Yankees were dipping into the change jar, not breaking the bank.
Not especially surprising, really. I remember talking to a Yankees official not long after the bidding was over, and he was basically shaking his head at the idea of throwing so much money at an unknown pitcher. Not worth the risk, that seemed to be his assessment.
The Yankees are preaching financial responsibility, and they’re backing it up with their approach to the offseason.