Hal Steinbrenner not ruling out another big offseason addition for the Yankees
Hal Steinbrenner spoke Thursday at the owners' meetings about the Yankees offseason and whether his team might still be in the market to bring in any more players this winter.
"Fans should keep an open mind that I'm never done until I'm done, and that's usually not until Opening Day," Steinbrenner told the media.
"I can't tell you if 17 days from now they come with some kind of proposal that I say no or I say yes."
Only one team in baseball -- the Washington Nationals ($183.3 million) -- have spent more money on free agents than the Yankees have this offseason. Five players have either signed or re-signed with New York for 2019, totaling $124.6 million, per Spotrac data.
Those five -- Troy Tulowitzki, DJ LeMahieu, Brett Gardner, Adam Ottavino and CC Sabathia -- should help make the Yankees roster better than it was on Opening Day 2018, not to mention the acquisition of top-end starter James Paxton from Seattle.
"I think we've definitely got a better club Opening Day than we did Opening Day last year, particularly in pitching, which is my biggest area of concern," said Steinbrenner.
Concerns over the future costs of paying homegrown core pieces like Aaron Judge, Luis Severino and Gary Sanchez among others may be one reason the Yankees will forego signing mega-stars like Harper or Machado this offseason.
"I have to look at the big picture," Steinbrenner said, "and it is my responsibility - that my family expects, my partners expect - not just to look at the present but to look at the future too."
There's no doubt baseball fans will be happy to see the day when Machado and Harper end up somewhere, whether it's in the Bronx or elsewhere, but until they're both under contract for the foreseeable future, speculation and debate will remain.
The latest reports indicate that both superstars are still holding out for offers in the $300+ million range, and that neither will sign before the other does first, further extending this year's MLB free agency stalemate.
Stay tuned for the latest news and developments this offseason as the Yankees get set to kick off Spring Training next week.