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.