How long can the Yankees maintain austerity?

There's an increasing sense among some writers that the Yankees may not make the playoffs this season. For my part, I disagree. Anything is possible, but the Yankees still have excellent pitching and a solid lineup. If postseasons were decided in March the 2011 Red Sox would have won the World Series. Could the Yankees miss the playoffs? Sure. Then again they could also take home the crown. This is why we play the games. But, imagine for a second that the Yankee austerity budget backfires. Imagine if the Yankees don't make it to the postseason this year. How long would that be sustainable? The organization has made no secret of its desire to get the team's payroll under $189 million to gain the 2014 luxury tax benefits. The purpose of this is to make money, lots and lots and lots of money.

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