We don’t yet know if CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett’s contracts call for their average annual values each season or whether some of the money is frontloaded, backloaded or deferred.
Let’s assume Sabathia will receive $23 million in 2009 and Burnett $16.5. Figuring on conservative raises for Chien-Ming Wang (say $5 million), Xavier Nady (say $6 million) and Brian Bruney (say, $1.2 million), I have the Yankees at $172.65 million for 14 players.
If Andy Pettitte agrees to $10 million, that’s $183 million more or less with 10 players left to add. This would include Joba Chamberlain, assorted relievers and assorted bench guys. Figure on $500,000 each, or a total of $5 million.
Now we’re up to $188 million.
If they go get Mike Cameron, that’s $197.5 million unless they get Milwaukee to pay some of his salary. Even if they do, the Yankees are still well over $190 million.
Cameron or no Cameron, there’s no dough left for Mark Teixeira or Manny Ramirez unless Brian Cashman has been flat-out fibbing the entire time. At some point, the Yankees can’t have a roster full of players with long-term, expensive contracts. That makes no sense.
As the great Norman Dale told the citizens of Hickory, “This is your team.”