What The Yankees Signing Masahiro Tanaka Means For The Current Roster + The Luxury Tax Threshold
By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner): Follow @chuckbooth3024
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The Yankees had to have Masahiro Tanaka for the team going forward. It is a risk so worth taking. There is not a litany of 25 Year Old Starting Pitchers that have the repertoire of this guy.
The team has also traded a guy like Ian Kennedy, who has thrived in another atmosphere. But this is the Yankees way.
This was their only alternative.
Masahiro Tanaka Highlights
Back in 2008, the Pinstripers missed the playoffs for the 1st time in the post Strike/Lockout ERA.
The club came back swinging in the American League with a vengeance, winning the 27th World Series for the franchise in 2009).
This time around, with missing the playoffs in 2013, the organization already doled out over a half billion towards fielding another contending team in 2014.
So far in the offseason, the club has landed Masahiro Tanaka (7 YRs/$155 MIL) (+ a $20 MIL posting fee), Jacoby Ellsbury (7 YRs/$153 MIL), Brian McCann (5 YRs/$85 MIL), Carlos Beltran (3 YRs/$45 MIL), Matt Thornton (2 YRs/$7 MIL), Brendan Ryan (2 YRs/$5 MIL), Kelly Johnson (1 YR/$3.0 MIL) and Brian Roberts (1 YR/$2 MIL + Incentives) in Free Agency.
That is $475 MIL already in Free Agency.
The club is already at $196 MIL for team salary in 2014. The team may not be done either, but don’t for them to venture too much forward with payroll – unless it is signing guys for just the 2014 campaign.
Even as it stands, the Bronx Bombers could get under the $189 MIL Luxury Tax Threshold if they trade 1 or 2 guys during the season.
Below is a look at 2015 salary.
I wrote an article explaining how 2014 would be their best to contend in the next three years based on all of their veterans only aging more as the years go on.
I would still think the club should go and sign a guy like Grant Balfour.
David Robertson is not solidified as the teams Closer this year, and the Aussie would love to sign a multi year deal with an AL East club – to stuff it to the Baltimore Orioles.
The management and ownership can still meet their quota of landing beneath the Luxury Tax quota in 2015 if they so choose.
The new CBA may also have new definitions for the Annual Average Value of player contracts.
At a 50% penalty, the Yankees would still love to hit the reset button back to 17.5%.
If they go under any time in the next 2 years, they could conceivably dole out $300 MIL on team salary the very next season, and only pay about $20 MIL in penalties.
This is how flawed the salary structure is in the MLB.
The Yankees – 2015 Payroll, Player Age, Running $ Total in MIL
1. 3B Alex Rodriguez – 27.5 (39) 27.5
2. SP #1 CC Sabathia – 22.8 (33) 50.3
3. 1B Mark Teixeira – 23.0 (35) 73.3
4. SP #2 Masahiro Tanaka 22.1 (26) 95.4
5. CF Jacoby Ellsbury – 21.9 (31) 117.3
5. C Brian McCann – 17.0 (30) 134.3
6. LF/DH Carlos Beltran – 15.0 (37) 149.3
7. INF Brendan Ryan – 2.0 (2015 SS) (31) 151.3
8. RP: Grant Balfour – 6.0 (37) 156.3
9 SP #3 Ivan Nova – $5 MIL in ARB 2015 (26) 161.3
10. 3B Eduardo Nunez – $2 MIL in ARB 2015 ) (28) 158.3
11. RP Matt Thornton – $3.5 (38) 162.3
12. RP Shawn Kelley – $3 MIL in ARB (31) 165.3
13. SP#4 – Michael Pineda – $2.0 MIL in 2015 ARB 167.3
14. SP#5 David Phelps – $2.0 MIL in 2015 ARB 169.3
15 – 17: Club needs a Starting RF/LF + 4th OF (maybe combination of Zoilo Almonte, Tyler Austin, Melky Mesa, Slade Heathcott, Mason Williams) or could possibly use $6.5 MIL in salary for 2 spots on FA. 175.3
18 – 20: 3 relievers on entry level contracts – $2 MIL. 177.3
22 – New 2B – $2 MIL per year. 179.3
25 – 6th Starter like Manny Banuelos or one another entry level contract. $181.8
26. If Derek Jeter were to play another year, he could be signed – or the franchise could re-sign David Robertson in 2015 with the remaining cash left over.
Total 2015 Team Payroll could hover around $189 MIL
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Posted on January 22, 2014, in Free Agency, MLB Payroll and Contracts and tagged a.j. burnett, adam warren, austin romine, boone logan, Brendan Ryan, brett gardner, brian cashman, Brian McCann, brian roberts, carlos beltran, cc sabathia, Cesar Cabral, chris stewart, Chuck Booth. fastest 30 ballgames, cody eppley, Contracts Atlanta Braves, curtis granderson, David Huff, david phelps, david robertson, dellin betances, derek jeter, detroit tigers, eduardo nunez, francisco cervelli, hiroki kuroda, ian kennedy, jacoby ellsbury, joba chamberlain, joe girardi, john buck, kei igawa, kelly johnson, kevin youkilis, manuel banuelos, mariano rivera, mark reynolds, mark texeira, masahiro tanaka, Matt Thornton, michael pineda, new york yankees 2014 payroll, New York Yankees Payroll 2014, Preston Claiborne, ricky nolasco, travis hafner, twitter @chuckbooth3024, vernon wells, Vidal Nuno, yankees 25 Man Roster, yankees 40 man roste, yankees ownership, yu darvish. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.