Updated: The New York Yankees get $27.5 million in relief from the A-Rod suspension, which gives them a much better chance of getting under the $189 million luxury tax threshold.

Or a much better chance of winning the Tanaka sweepstakes of which they are still very much a part. Given the Yankees free agent spending this winter and their unabashed desire to sign the 25-year old Japanese phenom, coming in under the luxury tax threshold seems to be the least of their concerns right now.ANALYST: Howard Bender Mobile App