• Yanks Have Even Less To Spend Next Year?

    Posted by on September 25th, 2013 · Comments (52)

    Via Joel Sherman

    Understand something about the $189 million luxury-tax threshold for next season. It isn’t really $189 million.

    Each team is charged roughly $11 million for items such as insurance and pension. Thus, if the Yankees are going to get under — and I believe they are determined to do so — then they can pay their players about $178 million.

    But wait. It isn’t like they could just get to $177.9 million in the offseason. They need to create spare money for promotions, potential bonuses reached and obtaining players via trade. Let’s make that a conservative $8 million.

    OK, now we are talking about the Yanks having approximately $170 million for players next season. Assuming Derek Jeter picks up his option and Alex Rodriguez’s suspension is upheld, the Yanks would have six players signed for next season — Jeter, CC Sabathia, Mark Teixeira, Alfonso Soriano, Ichiro Suzuki and Vernon Wells. For luxury-tax purposes, that crew costs roughly $68.5 million.

    That would leave a little more than $100 million to spend, and you can subtract about another $14million-$16 million to reach agreement with the arbitration-eligible Brett Gardner, David Robertson, Ivan Nova, Shawn Kelley and Francisco Cervelli. We can assume another $3-$4 million for five or six non-arbitration players such as David Phelps and Adam Warren.

    That will leave around $80 million, and a good deal of that will be earmarked for Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson, Hiroki Kuroda — or their replacements.

    You can see how quickly the money goes and why the Yanks are pretty much desperate for A-Rod’s suspension to be upheld and his $27.5 million to go away from their ledger.

    It means the Yanks are going to have to count pennies elsewhere in trying to still have a deep/contending roster with the $189 million constraints.

    I really hope the Yankees do find a way to get Brendan Ryan to return in 2014. They’re going to need a shortstop. I have no faith in Jeter’s ability to man that position – either well or for a prolonged period. And, I can live with no stick when it’s a glove like Ryan.

    Rk Player dWAR From To Age G
    1 Brendan Ryan 13.7 2009 2013 27-31 631
    2 Clint Barmes 9.9 2009 2013 30-34 659
    3 Alexei Ramirez 8.8 2009 2013 27-31 774
    4 Yunel Escobar 8.2 2009 2013 26-30 703
    5 Andrelton Simmons 7.8 2012 2013 22-23 201
    6 Troy Tulowitzki 7.6 2009 2013 24-28 585
    7 Elvis Andrus 7.5 2009 2013 20-24 751
    8 J.J. Hardy 7.0 2009 2013 26-30 657
    9 Jack Wilson 5.5 2009 2012 31-34 286
    10 Alcides Escobar 5.4 2009 2013 22-26 651
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 9/25/2013.


    Comments on Yanks Have Even Less To Spend Next Year?

    1. Mr. October
      October 5th, 2013 | 2:58 pm

      Kamieniecki wrote:

      I’m up to the challenge

      Kamieniecki wrote:

      we’re up for that challenge

      Cashman: after a 2005 ALDS loss, it’s “I” and after a 2013 fourth-place finish it’s “we.”

    2. Mr. October
      October 20th, 2013 | 3:25 pm

      Mr. October wrote:

      The St. Louis Cardinals get World Series win no. 28 before The New York Yankees get American League pennant win no. 41 with Cashman. Book it.

      MJ Recanati wrote:

      You think the Cardinals will win 17 more championships before the Yankees make it back to a World Series?

      Garcia wrote:

      Yeah, some people love to speak using hyperbole as their standard speak…

      @ Garcia,
      @ MJ Recanati,
      @ Raf:

      Enjoy the 2013 World Series, gentlemen…

      That’s four St. Louis N.L. pennants won, and three Boston A.L. pennants won, since everyone in the New York Yankees’ baseball operations deptartment began reporting to Brian McGuire Cashman in 2005- with one A.L. pennant won in The Bronx.

      But who’s counting? And the Yankees could be in great shape by 2017 if everyone goes well…

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