Going into 2016, the Yankees may actually have a lesser payroll than they did in 2015. Although payroll actually might be less than last season, the Yankees look better on paper going into next season. The team has made strong upgrades at various positions around the diamond, all via trade, keeping the total money down for next year. The Yankees didn’t make any additions via free agency, but did improve the roster significantly through trade.
As evidenced above, at nearly every position around the diamond, the Yankees have a good bit of depth they are counting on for 2016. With injury concerns throughout the rotation and lineup, Brian Cashman has built a team filled with depth to cover any possible contingency. These aren’t the spending Yankees of years past, but that may be the best thing for this year’s team.