The injury-scare with Hughes is a problem. Very rare to have no lingering issues whatsoever from a bulging disc. He would be a huge loss for this team---you could be losing 14-17 wins---and there is no way on Earth that Phelps and/or Nova are making up his win total. If Hughes is out for any length of time, the Yanks must make a move for a starter for insurance---ie. Wang, Derek Lowe, etc. and then pray that Pineda is healthy enough for innings after June. This could all be nothing, but if Hughes has any DL stints this year, he ruins his FA status and this season is about 3 or 4 wins short of the current ZIPS projection.
I'm not sure though who the Yanks would have gone out and signed this year? Greinke? Still say he doesn't have the makeup for NY. Hamilton? Same concerns---could he handle a media-centered environment and was he worth that kind of money with his injury history? Losing Martin hurts, but Romine is Martin without the high power numbers. The Yanks had no control over what happened to ARod and got the best possible replacement. Did you want Jose Reyes? Josh Johnson? They tried for RA Dickey and were rebuffed. The Padres don't want to trade Headley. Tampa is not trading Price to the Yanks anyway and if he doesn't want to sign here, then that is his choice. Brian Cashman didn't make the team policy of no beards---that is long before his tenure. Did you want Justin Upton? He was not worth the prospect haul for a guy averaging .275/22 home runs per year. And I'm sure that when the Marlins make Stanton available, the Yanks will be at the front of the line, but there is no guarantee that they get him.
I understand the frustration, but what is not being done that should be? Kyle Lohse is still there for the taking, but to lose the draft pick, you need to invest in him for 2 or 3 years. He would be nice insurance, but what if Hughes is healthy? Then Nova and Phelps are out of jobs. The biggest issue hanging over the heads of the Yankees is ARod's contract. I am glad they are breaking tradition and talking about an extension with Cano now--it shows they are prioritizing him and understanding that the market is different now. Everyone has a chance to win--it's just how you deploy your resources
and there is no way on Earth that Phelps and/or Nova are making up his win total.
Did you want Jose Reyes? Josh Johnson?
I understand the frustration, but what is not being done that should be?