Of course, they are.
This may blow up in the Yankees’ faces, but there was no real alternative this offseason because of their dual goals of competing in 2013 and falling under $189M in 2014.
So how do you do that? Well, the only players that are accomplished and willing to take one-year deals are old or hurt guys.
Jeff Keppinger, who will be 33 at the beginning of next year, got three years, for goodness sake. So if a guy like Keppinger is receiving a multi-year deal, then Youkilis with his average in the .230s will be all that is left -- for a cool $12 million, that is.
That is why of the players the Yankees have signed this offseason -- from Mariano Rivera to Andy Pettitte to Hiroki Kuroda to now Youkilis and Ichiro -- Youkilis is the baby of the bunch. He will be 34 by the time he gets to the Bronx in '13.
Unless Brian Cashman has a trade in the works, which is very possible, this is the road the Yankees had to take.
The Yankees will try to piece it together one more season. A veteran band trying to put together one more tour.