NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- You're wondering if the payroll limitations, age and injuries finally have caught up with the Bronx Bombers. RIP, Yankees? You look around the American League East and see the Blue Jays and Red Sox getting better. You know the Rays will be competitive. You were pretty darn impressed by the Orioles in 2012.
Now, there's news that Alex Rodriguez could miss half the 2013 season. Derek Jeter? Who knows how quickly that broken left ankle will heal? Catcher Russell Martin is gone, and right fielder Nick Swisher could be following him out the door.
Meanwhile, management says it's going to be under the $189 million luxury tax threshold for 2014. With almost $170 million already on the books for '13 before the club's arbitration-eligible players are signed, there doesn't appear to be a lot of cash lying around for repair work.
OK, let's all take a deep breath. The Yanks are going to be competitive. Let's go over that one more time.