If they continue this austerity policy, their farm system is going to have to start producing. But except for Romine, it appears that all of their best prospects were in High-A last year and will need further seasoning.
The only position player prospect who could get there in 2014 is Tyler Austin, who finished up at Trenton in 2012 and has shown a good bat at every level so far. But 2014 is pushing it. Mason Williams and Gary Sanchez are at least two years away after finishing in High A in 2012.
Outfielder Slade Heathcott is NY's answer to Ryan Kalish -- talented and injury-prone.
Among pitchers, Manny Banuelos coming off surgery misses all of 2013 and likely starts off 2014 in AAA ball.
For 2013, Mark Montgomery and Austin Romine are the only two rookies who could make the Yankees' roster out of spring training.
When Pettitte and Kuroda walk away after 2013, the starting rotation for 2014 could be: CC, Pineda (big if) and God only knows. Hughes and Nova are free agents. One of them could be traded this winter. Phelps is under control.
Yanks facing their own fiscal cliff, at least until they get under $178M for about five minutes in 2014.