Another Look at the 2010 Yankees Payroll

I thought it was time to take a look at the Yankees 2010 payroll again since they seem pretty much set with the roster right now. They could add one more piece, likely an outfielder, but even that is not guaranteed.

We don’t have salary for everyone yet, so the young players who are not arbitration eligible we’re going to have to take guesses on. Those salaries will be italicized.

2010 Yankees Payroll: $204.89 million (estimated).

Starting Pitchers:$65.75 million (estimated including both Joba and Hughes).

CC Sabathia: $23 million
AJ Burnett: $16.5 million
Andy Pettitte: $11.75 million
Javier Vazquez: $11.5 million
Joba Chamberlain: $1.5 million
Phil Hughes: $1.5 million

Relief Pitchers: $24.25 million (estimated including more pitchers than Yankees will actually carry).

Mariano Rivera: $15 million
Damaso Marte: $4 million
Chad Gaudin: $2.95 million
Sergio Mitre: $0.85 million
Boone Logan: $0.59 million
David Robertson: $0.43 million
Alfredo Aceves: $0.43 million

Catchers: $13.53 million (estimated).

Jorge Posada: $13.1 million
Francisco Cervelli: $0.43 million

Infielders: $82.79 (estimated).

Alex Rodriguez: $32 million
Derek Jeter: $21 million
Mark Teixeira: $20 million
Robinson Cano: $9 million
Juan Miranda: $0.4 million
Ramiro Pena: $0.39 million

Outfielders: $13.07 million (estimated).

Nick Swisher: $6.75 million
Curtis Granderson: $5.5 million
Brett Gardner: $0.43 million
Jamie Hoffmann: $0.39 million

DH: $5.5 million

Nick Johnson: $5.5 million

Looking at that list everything seems in order. There are two potential lineup changes that can change. The first is that they are likely to add another outfielder. So if there is a change you add whatever value that outfielder has and subtract $0.4 million because that would remove Juan Miranda off the list.

Also it’s still likely that the Yankees will try to trade Chad Gaudin because he and Sergio Mitre are essentially filling the same role, the long relief role, and the Yankees have other guys to fill that role behind Mitre, like Alfredo Aceves or a minor leaguer, if there is an injury. My guess is Gaudin is the one to go because he earns more.

All numbers come from Cot’s Baseball Contracts or off the top of my head (I made educated guesses based off of players with similar time spent in the league).

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4 Responses to Another Look at the 2010 Yankees Payroll

  1. Well you are going to be disappointed because a bunch of teams went to watch Ben Sheets pitch last week and the Yankees were not among them. It also doesn't seem like anybody is going to get a good deal on him. The Mets, Dodgers, and some other NL teams are still searching for starting pitchers and Sheets is the biggest name left.

    I'd say there is no chance the Yankees sign him. Sorry.

  2. Mac says:

    The free agent with the highest upside potential … the single player with the opportunity to make the biggest difference for the Yankees next season is SP Ben Sheets.

    Are the Yankees in on Sheets? If not, WHY not? You can NEVER have enough pitching … isn’t this a similar situation to the Jon Lieber situation of a few years ago? The difference being the upside is much greater with Sheets.

    I would GLADLY trade Chad Gaudin (or Sirgio Mitre) and the opportunity to resign Johnny Damon for the chance to put Ben Sheets in a Yankee uniform.

    Ben Sheets signed at a low guarantee $, adding in a few reasonable incentives, then include a club option for next season (Will Andy Pettitte be back again?) is a WINNING proposition for BOTH the player and the team. Put BOTH Chamberlain and Hughs in the bullpen …

    A healthy (key word!) and productive Ben Sheets in a Yankee uniform for 2010 and 2011 puts the Yankees in a GREAT position with LOTS of options …

    With the lineup they have, they will score enough … adding a pitcher of Ben Sheets obvious ability to the back of the rotation makes the Yankees a better overall team … and if that improvement comes at the cost of Chad Gaudin and Left Field being patrolled by Brett Gardner … So be it!

    Agree? Disagree?

  3. Mac says:

    Yeah … I KNOW the Yankees weren’t there …

    And YES … I AM disappointed …

    But look … LAST season, C.C. Sabathia was going to sign with a West Coast team and the Yankees weren’t in on Mark Teixeira … but both those deals happened… and both Pettitte and Vazquez are under Yankee contract for 2010 ONLY (right?) … Sheets makes sense, and from what I’m reading, he’s available for reasonable dollars … including incentives …

    The Yankees may NOT be “in” on Ben Sheets … BUT they SHOULD be …

    Besides, I give you guys more credit than you do … I figure Cashman is reading these comments looking for a few good ideas … (hehehe)

    Rob Abruzzese: Well you are going to be disappointed because a bunch of teams went to watch Ben Sheets pitch last week and the Yankees were not among them. It also doesn’t seem like anybody is going to get a good deal on him. The Mets, Dodgers, and some other NL teams are still searching for starting pitchers and Sheets is the biggest name left.
    I’d say there is no chance the Yankees sign him. Sorry.

  4. You do realize that the Yankees are very comfortable as far as starting pitching goes, right? I mean, CC, AJ, Pettitte, Vazquez, Hughes, Joba, and others. Even if you don't like the situation it's not going to change.