New York Yankees Payroll In 2014 + Contracts Going Forward: Updated For The Beltran Deal

He will also make $30 MIL left in marketing bonuses should he hit escalating marketing bonuses from HRs 661 through 763. At this rate, maybe he will never collect on all of those.  The base is ridiculous enough at $86 MIL over the next 4 years.  The insurance paid on his ailing hip injury will not make a huge enough dent for Yankees Fans.  He is the ALL-Time Active Leader for HRs , RBI and XBH At best he may turn back to a .250/.310/700 with around 50 RBI a year from 2015 - 2017.  Hardly worthy of a $22.8 MIL average salary from 2014 - 2017.

He will also make $30 MIL left in marketing bonuses should he hit escalating marketing bonuses from HRs 661 through 763. At this rate, maybe he will never collect on all of those. The base is ridiculous enough at $86 MIL over the next 4 years. The insurance paid on his ailing hip injury will not make a huge enough dent for Yankees Fans. He is the ALL-Time Active Leader for HRs , RBI and XBH At best he may turn back to a .250/.310/700 with around 50 RBI a year from 2015 – 2017. Hardly worthy of a $22.8 MIL average salary from 2014 – 2017.

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With news breaking today that Robinson Cano has signed with Seattle, this has freed up the Yankees to pursue other players at the Winter Meetings – and for the rest of the offseason..

Based on the team payroll (with the A-Rod suspension being counted), the club is right around $174 MIL – $176 MIL right now for about 20 MLB Players signed – and another 5 guys that are on entry – level deals.

If A-Rod’s suspension sticks for the whole 2014 year, the club would then drop down to the $149 – $151 MIL range, which would free up the club to sign some more players.

Maybe the Yankees won’t have any choice but to hope for that very result.  They still need 1 – 2 Starting Pitchers, and a relief pitcher would also be nice. 

Read the end of this article – for potential candidates they could eyeball.

CC Sabathia Highlights

CC Sabathia will need to revert back to his former ace like status for the Yankees to compete for the AL East Division in 2014.  At $23 MIL per year, he was paid based on his totals from mid 2008 - 2011 when he was one of the best pitchers in the game.  In 5 years with the NYY, he is still 88 - 52, with a 3.52 ERA - despite a poor 2013 campaign, where he went 14 - 13, with a 4.78 ERA - and an AL leading 112 ER against.  He is signed though 2017.

CC Sabathia will need to revert back to his former ace like status for the Yankees to compete for the AL East Division in 2014. At $23 MIL per year, he was paid based on his totals from mid 2008 – 2011 when he was one of the best pitchers in the game. In 5 years with the NYY, he is still 88 – 52, with a 3.52 ERA – despite a poor 2013 campaign, where he went 14 – 13, with a 4.78 ERA – and an AL leading 112 ER against. He is signed though 2016 – with a Vesting Option in 2017.

New York Yankees Payroll 2014 in Millions Signed Players (Contract):

Alex Rodriguez DH:  25.0 (signed thru 2017.)  2015 – $21 MIL, 2016 – 2017 both $20 MIL.

CC Sabathia SP:   23.0 (Signed thru 2017).  He makes $23 Mil also in 2015, before he makes $25 MIL for 2016.  There is a 2017 Vesting Option for $25 MIL.

Salary guaranteed if he does not end 2016 on the Disabled List with a left shoulder injury, or he does not spend more than 45 days on the DL.in 2017.

Mark Teixeira 1B :  22.5 (Signed thru 2016).  ‘Tex’ makes $22.5 MIL for every year for 2014 – 2016.  If he can just hit 30 HRs, drive in 100 RBI (despite BA) the Yankees will take it for the money given out. 

The Switch Hitter still took home a Gold Glove for the franchise in 2012.  His 24 HRs and 84 RBI were also accomplished in 122 Games. 

This guy may be overpaid, but is certainly not a flop and an above average First Baseman.

Jacoby Ellsbury CF 21.9: (Signed through 2020, – 7 YRs/$153 MIL) no official deal just yet.  The Average Annual Value would be

Brian McCann C:  17.0 (Signed through 2018, with a Vesting Option for 2019 ($15 MIL), if he reaches  1000 PA from 2017 – 2018, catches 90 games – and is not on the Disabled List.

Hiroki Kuroda SP:  16.5  (Signed through 2014).

Signing Beltran is a perfect counter for the loss of Cano.  He can split time in LF/DH with Alfonso Soriano for the 2014 year, collecting as many AB as he can.  He may be able to put forth similar numbers as Cano. The Yankees must have also considered his impressive Playoff Career - in which he has a line of .333/.445./1.128 in 180 AB.  The 36 year old was signed to a 3 YR deal worth $45 MIL by the Pinstripers.  Beltran has 24 HRs and 84 RBI - with a .830 OPS in 554 AB last year for the Cardinals.  Yankee Stadium should be perfectly tailored for him when hitting Left Handed.

Signing Beltran is a perfect counter for the loss of Cano. He can split time in LF/DH with Alfonso Soriano for the 2014 year, collecting as many AB as he can. He may be able to put forth similar numbers as Cano. The Yankees must have also considered his impressive Playoff Career – in which he has a line of .333/.445./1.128 in 180 AB. The 36 year old was signed to a 3 YR deal worth $45 MIL by the Pinstripers. Beltran has 24 HRs and 84 RBI – with a .830 OPS in 554 AB last year for the Cardinals. Yankee Stadium should be perfectly tailored for him when hitting Left Handed.

Carlos Beltran DH/OF: 15.0  Signed 2014 – 2016 at $15 MIL per yer year.)

Derek Jeter SS: 12.0  (Signed through 2014).

Ichiro Suzuki OF:  6.5  and will be a Free Agent in 2015.)  Again, I would tie the years commitment with Jeter and him together. 

It may happen again in 2014 (with Suzuki being signed and Jeter having a Player Option), past this – everyone would really be stretching their luck.

Alfonso Soriano  OF/DH: $5.0 (Free Agent in 2015)  An absolute steal for $5 MIL next year, could see some time as DH.

Kelly Johnson 2B/3B/OF:  2.8 (signed through 2014 and is a Free Agent is 2015.  Can earn additional 250 K in performance bonuses.

Vernon Wells OF: 2.4 (Free Agent in 2015.  This guy is going to be a good 4tn or 5th OF for the squad next year.  About 90% of his big contract was paid for by the Angels for the 2014 campaign.)

Brendan Ryan INF:  2.0 (Is signed through 2015 for $2 MIL for the 2 years, and carries a Player Option for $1 MIL in 2016.

Total Payroll for these 13 players is 171.6. 4 MIL in 2014

Arbitration Eligible Year and what they earned in Millions for 2013/What they will make in 2014:

Brett Gardner  CF/LF:  5.0 (Is Arbitration Eligible in 2014 and a Free Agent in 2015.)  Speed guys don’t generate huge raises in Arbitration.

The management has to be hoping that Gardner can put his injuries behind him and be a productive Outfielder for the next few years.

Look for Gardner to receive about $5 MIL in his final year of Arbitration.

David Robertson RP:  3.1 (2014 is probably bumped to $5.0 MIL).  The Yankees are hoping Robertson will take over the reigns as Closer from Rivera next campaign. 

It would be cheaper for him to be signed – rather than coveting a Free Agent Closer seeking multiple years past 2014.  Is Arbitration Eligible in 2014 and a Free Agent in 2015.

Shawn Kelley RP: 935 K – Is Arbitration Eligible in 2014 and 2015, and a Free Agent in 2016. $2 MIL for 2014.

Ivan Nova has to step up his play in the next few years for New York - like he did to end the year.  He will be launched up the Depth Chart in 2014.

Ivan Nova has to step up his play in the next few years for New York – like he did to end the year. He will be launched up the Depth Chart in 2014.

Ivan Nova SP: 576 K – Is Arbitration Eligible in 2014 and 2015, and a Free Agent in 2016. Will likely triple his 2013 salary – and take a back end of the rotation spot.  Look for him to bounce to 2.0 MIL for 2014.

Michael Pineda SP:  528K (2014)  This guy could be VITAL to the franchises success in 2014.

Being under team control for New York until would serve them well if he can be a solid #2 or #3 Starting Pitcher.  Is Arbitration Eligible in 2014 (won’t see much of a raise) and a Free Agent in 2017.

Eduardo Nunez 3B/SS: 524 K  Back up INF, may have a more significant role in years ahead.  Is Arbitration Eligible in 2014 – 2017 and a Free Agent in 2018.  Could see lots of playing time in 2014.

He should make about $1 MIL on 2014.

Francisco Cervelli C: 515 K s Arbitration Eligible in 2014 and a Free Agent in 2017. I think he should be third Catcher, and the other two guys duke it out for the 3rd string job.

David Huff SP:  494 K Is Arbitration Eligible in 2014 – 2017, and a Free Agent in 2016. I would take a chance on this guy as you need 8 Starters in a year at least per campaign.

Cody Eppley  RP:  (481 K) Is Arbitration Eligible in 2014 – 2017 and a Free Agent in 2018.

9 players in this category retained for about $16 – $18 MIL

21 players Brings the Total Payroll to $187.7 – $189.7 MIL

The Departing Or Free Agents

Robinson Cano 2B:  Signed with the Seattle Mariners for 10 YRs/$240 MIL).

Curtis Granderson OF:  Signed a 4 year deal with the New York Mets.

Travis Hafner DH/1B:  2.0 With Vernon Wells already on the club, and needing the DH spot potentially for Jeter, Texiera – and Rodriguez (should he not receive the full season on suspension), Pronk is gone.

Kevin Youkilis 3B/1B/DH: 12.0 )  “Youk” was a stop – gap measure for A – Rod.  Do not resign him under any circumstances 

Lyle Overbay 1B/DH: Sorry Lyle, you did good in 2013 for the NYY, but Tex should be back.

Mark Reynolds is the perfect insurance the club needs. Already since he has been in the Bronx, he had played 2B/3B/1B and DH. What is Cashman waiting for? Sign this guy for 1 - 2 years at about $3 - $4 MIL per year - with some potential incentives. He can be your everyday 3B should A-Rod be gone for the season in suspensionAlready since he has been in the Bronx, he had played 2B/3B/1B and DH. What is Cashman waiting for? Sign this guy for 1 - 2 years at about $4 - $5 MIL per year - with some potential incentives. He can be your everyday 3B should A-Rod be gone for the season, and he can also play some 1B

Mark Reynolds is the perfect insurance the club needs. Already since he has been in the Bronx, he had played 2B/3B/1B and DH. What is Cashman waiting for? Sign this guy for 1 – 2 years at about $3 – $4 MIL per year – with some potential incentives. He can be your everyday 3B should A-Rod be gone for the season in suspension.In the Bronx, he had played 2B/3B/1B and DH. What is Cashman waiting for? Sign this guy for 1 – 2 years at about $4 – $5 MIL per year – with some potential incentives. He can be your everyday 3B should A-Rod be gone for the season, and he can also play some 1B.

Mark Reynolds 2B/3B/1B/DH:  $6.0 in 2013.

Andy Pettitte SP:  12.0  – He is retired.

Phil Hughes SP:  7.2 –  Signed a 3 YRs/$24 MIL deal with the Minnesota Twins

Boone Logan RP:  (2013 is bumped to $3.2 MIL)  Logan falls right into the club’s philosophy and will not make or break the teams payroll structure in going forward. I resign this guy for a $3.5 MIL to $4 MIL deal.

Joba Chamberlain RP:  (1.9 in 2013).  Say goodbye to this guy.

Total for this Category:  0 dollars right now..

Total Payroll After this category: 187.7 – $189.7 Million

Pre-Arbitration Eligible Players Brackets for first Year of Arb-Eligible/Entry Level Contracts-League Minimum:

Vidal Nuno SP: Is Arbitration Eligible in 2016 – 2018, and a Free Agent in 2019.

Manny Banuelos SP: (480K) Service Clock has not started yet. He is recovering from Tommy John Surgery in Oct of 2012.  He needs more seasoning

Austin Romine C:  (482K)  Is Arbitration Eligible in 2015 and a Free Agent in 2019.

Dellin Betances SP:  (481K)  Is Arbitration Eligible in 2015 and a Free Agent in 2019.

Cesar Cabral RP:  (480K) Service Clock has not started yet.  Is Arbitration Eligible in 2016 and a Free Agent in 2019.

David Phelps SP:  (480K)  Would really save the club’s bacon by panning out as a Major League Pitcher.  The organization needs quality players that are team controllable.

  Is Arbitration Eligible in 2015 and a Free Agent in 2019.

Projected Payroll in 2014 after these guys :  189.0 – 191 Million Dollars

Without a full season of A-Rod $ ($164 – $166 MIL)

Going Forward (with and withour A-Rod’s cash:

Suzuki is definitely caught in a numbers game now.  Maybe the Yankees will trade Gardner, and he can be the RF still in that event.  With either Soriano or Beltran trading out of LF and the DH positions,  it is crowding up pretty fast.  The team may also DFA Vernon Wells in the Spring, as roster spots are quickly filling up.

Suzuki is definitely caught in a numbers game now. Maybe the Yankees will trade Gardner, and he can be the RF still in that event. With either Soriano or Beltran trading out of LF and the DH positions, it is crowding up pretty fast. The team may also DFA Vernon Wells in the Spring, as roster spots are quickly filling up.  Suzuki had a down year in 2013. – hitting for a 3 Slash Line of .262/.297/.639 – after putting forth a line in 2012 of .322/.340/.794 in 2 plus months for the Bombers.

I think the team should trade Brett Gardner for a Starting Pitcher of similar earnings for 2014.  Brett Anderson of the A’s comes to mind.

The club still needs to sign a SP for the $14 – $17 MIL range (Maybe Matt Garza) – and also sign Grant Balfour for about $9 – $10 MIL a year. 

Bartolo Colon for about a 1 YR/$5 MIL is kind of making sense at this time too, if they wanted to sign a guy

This is about an addition of $19 – $22 MIL for 3 more players – and still stay under the $189 MIL goal.

As stated above, they may be able to get a guy like Reynolds, to sign for a $3 or $4 MIL deal.

Alfonso Soriano, yet that move has given the franchise some optimism to maintain under the $189 MIL Threshold next year, by having 4 OF retained for about $22 MIL total in 2014. He will be front and center in the Robinson Cano sweepstakes. Derek Jeter also may retire (although I am not predicting this). First set of moves it to resign some Utility guys in Reynolds and Ryan, sign a New Catcher, 1 - 2 FA Starting Pitchers. The team should also know how much salary relief they will get after the A-ROD Suspension is finalized. Whatever happens, Cashman will have a busy winter ahead.

Alfonso Soriano, has given the franchise some optimism to maintain under the $189 MIL Threshold next year, by having .  player signed on the line for about $5 MIL (After the Cubs pay $12 MIL.)  He should be the everyday DH, who could also see some time in the OF, should injuries arise.  A lot of the Yankees flexibilities in team payroll,  will be known after the A-ROD Suspension is finalized in January. Whatever happens, Cashman still has a busy winter ahead.

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