Scott Boras: Yankees need to 'prove' themselves to free agents

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The agent sees a different Yankees team than the one he has previously worked deals with.

The New York Yankees will need to prove to potential free agents this offseason that they will be competitive next season, agent Scott Boras told George A King III of the New York Post.

The Yankees missed the post-season for only the second time in the post-strike years.

New York also has an uncertain future with many of their key players leaving or uncertain if they will return next year; Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte have retired, Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeira missed most of 2013 with injuries, Alex Rodriguez may miss all of next season with a suspension, while Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson and Hiroki Kuroda are all prospective free agents and may not return.

Boras sees a different future for the Yankees, telling King:

"It's the first time in a lot of years the Yankees have to prove to major free agents they will be competitive next year. That's never really been a question in New York, but they have so many spots to fill. It's a different place.''

New York is hoping to keep their payroll under $189 million to avoid paying the luxury tax. The team is expected to pursue some of the top free agents on the market, including Brian McCann and Shin-Soo Choo. The Yankees will also bid for Masahiro Tanaka, but the pricy posting fee necessary to sign the pitcher will not count against payroll.

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