While all the talk to begin the offseason is about the New York Yankees' desire to cut the team's yearly payroll to $189 million, the front office is devising a plan that could have them going on a $300 million shopping spree, sources have told ESPNNewYork.com.
The Yankees will begin their organizational meetings Monday where they will settle on a strategy they believe can cut payroll to $189 million while spending big on free agents.
The Yankees' initial main targets are expected to include their own Robinson Cano, Japanese starter Masahiro Tanaka, Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann and St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran, according to sources.
The possible outlay of $300 million or more in total salary is similar to the number commonly associated with the winter of 2008-09 when the Yankees spent $423 million on CC Sabathia, Mark Teixeira and A.J. Burnett over the life of their multiyear contracts.