Joel Sherman, today, wonders if “Aging contracts real time-Bombers.” This sort of ties into a comment that I made here just the other day. At that time, I was more worried about 2016. But, maybe the issue does start in 2015? A few snips from Sherman:
Nevertheless, there is a minefield out there for the Yankees. In just base salary, the Yankees are due to pay $90 million to Alex Rodriguez, CC Sabathia, Mark Teixeira and A.J. Burnett in 2013. The youngest will be Sabathia and Teixeira, both at 33. This is before we find out if the Yankees do as much as a three-year extension with Jeter, which would drive the 2013 payroll well over $100 million for five players.
[Alex] Rodriguez is just three years into a 10-year extension and a year removed from major hip surgery. Amazingly, he still is signed further into the future, through 2017, than anyone in the sport. He will turn 42 that season, so what are the chances that 10-year deal goes as well for the Yankees as the one they signed with Jeter?
Teixeira is signed through 2016, tied with St. Louis’ Matt Holliday for the second longest into the future that any player is guaranteed money. Sabathia, a heavyweight with a heavy workload, is signed through 2015. Rodriguez, Teixeira and Sabathia are signed for a combined $66 million in 2015.
Burnett, who just had his first-ever back-to-back 200-inning seasons, is enlisted through 2013
“There is risk involved,” general manager Brian Cashman conceded.