The Winter Meetings start today and the Yankees will be shopping for a new catcher and right fielder. With all the attention they are paying to their budget it would be helpful if we had a good idea of where the payroll currently stands so we can better know what to expect.
Here are the Yankees 2013 commitments so far and their luxury tax hit:
Alex Rodriguez, $27.5 million
CC Sabathia $24.4 million
Mark Teixeira, $22.5 million
Robinson Cano $15 million
Hiroki Kuroda $15 million
Derek Jeter, $14.375 million
Curtis Granderson $13 million
Andy Pettitte $12 million
Mariano Rivera, $10 million
Here are Yankees arbitration eligible players and their expected 2013 salaries:
*salaries based on MLBTR projections
That’s $153.775 million for nine guaranteed players and another projected $15.8 million for five other arbitration eligible players for a total $169.575 million already spent. Then there is also A.J. Burnett‘s $8.5 million commitment bringing the total to $178.075 spent in 2013.
So considering the Yankees payroll has been in the $209 million range for each of the past three years that’s technically another $30 million the Yankees could spend this offseason (as long as they don’t add multi-year deals). Don’t forget though that they still have 11 spots on the 25-man roster to fill which even at the major league minimum would be about $5.5 million.
That should be plenty of space for the Yankees to take on a catcher and and outfielder as long as they are one-year deals (multi-year deals are possible, but more complicated) as well as add another bench piece or two.