Yankees planning to scale back free agency plans this offseason?

One year after making a number of big splashes in free agency, the Yankees may have a much quieter winter this time around.

That’s not to say the Yankees don’t plan on once again making their share of moves, but the New York Daily News suggests the club has no plans to pursue any of the market’s top three starting pitchers in Max Scherzer, Jon Lester or James Shields, nor will they go after top third baseman Pablo Sandoval.

Instead, the report indicates that the Yankees could try to shore up those positions by looking within and bringing back Chase Headley and Brandon McCarthy.

That said, one must keep in mind that it would be a bit surprising to hear the Yankees say anything else at this early stage of free agency as don’t want to play their hand too early or risk driving up demand in their targets unnecessarily.

Remember, this is the same organization that made similar claims at the end of last season before ultimately spending big money to sign Masahiro Tanaka, Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran in a whirlwind offseason. In other words, it’s tough to rule them out on any big-name free agents this early in the process.

For now, the Yankees will keep their focus on more economical contracts and look to avoid any of those $100-million contracts. Once all the chips are on the table, however, that could change quickly — especially with this franchise.

— Paul Casella

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