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Joe Girardi said that it’s expected that Alex Rodriguez will be the team’s starting third baseman in 2015.

Brandon McCarthy would like to remain with the Yankees in 2015

Ichiro Suzuki is unsure about his Yankees future >> Read more at NJ.com

The Yankees outrighted LHP Josh Outman to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Opinion: Six steps the Yankees should take to build a better organization

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In the Bronx, winning has always been paramount to everything else. Standards notwithstanding, 2014 marks the second consecutive season the New York Yankees will miss October—and fifth without vying for a ring in the World Series.

Brian CashmanAnd despite spending a hair under $200 million this year in payroll — including a combined $454 million on free agents this past offseason — the Yankees will be forced to settle for second best in the American League East.

Given how little the Yankees have to show for their big pockets, perhaps the very franchise that prides itself on epitomizing the sport and “winning,” should instead focus on building a better organization this coming offseason.

The task is actually easier than it seems; one most other general managers usually comply with. General manager Brian Cashman simply needs to stay under the “luxury” tax — a feat he has been unable to achieve for the past 12 years.

With the Yankees’ 2015 payroll already at around $166 million (before arbitration raises), Cashman will have less than $23 million to play with. Considering the Yankees spent 197.3 percent times that last offseason, Cashman would be forced to implement a much stricter financial strategy this offseason.

Below are some ideas for staying under the “luxury” tax, while still fielding a competitive team…

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GEICO SportsNite: Goodbye Jeter…

Derek Jeter reflects after playing the final game of his career in the Yankees’ 9-5 win over the Red Sox at Fenway Park on Sunday afternoon.

What’s on Tap for Monday, Sept. 29

The Yankees (84-78) finished the 2014 season with their worst won/loss record since 1992.


Weekend Review…

The Yankees took 2 of 3 games from the Red Sox over the weekend in Boston, including a 9-5 victory on Sunday in Derek Jeter’s final game >> Read more at NYYFans


Jacoby Ellsbury missed the final nine games of the season due to a strained hamstring.

Game recap: Yankees 9 – Red Sox 5

Recap: The Yankees sent Derek Jeter out with a victory, claiming a 9-5 win over the Red Sox on Sunday at Fenway Park.

MLB: New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox


Need to Know: In his final Major League game, Jeter registered his 3,465th career hit, a third-inning single that scored Ichiro Suzuki. Jeter immediately left the game after his RBI hit, leaving to a standing ovation as Brian McCann pinch-ran for him.

The Yankees scored four runs in the third, then broke the game open with five runs in the seventh inning. The Yankees blasted 12 hits, with Chris Young and Jose Pirela each recording two.

The Yanks finished their 2014 season at 84-78, their worst win-loss record since 1992.


Game ball: After he was given gifts, Jeter recorded a hit in his final at-bat, finishing with a career batting average of .310.


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What’s next: The Yanks will play their next regular-season game on April 6, 2015 against the Toronto Blue Jays.