The Yankees have 16 players signed for 2009, 17 if you count Brian Bruney.
Here is what they’ll make in terms of salary:
Rodriguez: $32 million
Jeter: $20 million
Teixeira: $20 million (+$5 million signing bonus already paid)
Burnett: $16.5 million
Rivera: $15 million
Sabathia: $14 million (+$9 million signing bonus in 3 installments)
Posada: $13.1 million
Damon: $13 million
Matsui: $13 million
Nady: $6.55 million
Cano: $6 million
Swisher: $5.3 million
Wang: $5 million
Marte: $3.75 million
Molina: $2 million
Cabrera: $1.4 million
Bruney: $1.3 million (splitting the different on the figures submitted)
That comes out to $187.9 million. But it’s really $201.9 million as the signing bonus for Sabathia and Teixeira will be paid out before the end of the 2009 season.
The Yankees will need approximately $4 million more to pay the remaining seven 0-3 service time players who make the team. That makes the payroll $205.9 million.
I’m not including Kei Igawa’s $4 million as he is not on the 40-man roster. But it’s actual money. Plus Andrew Brackman gets $1.13 million this year.
You can calculate payrolls many different ways (25-man rosters, 40-man rosters, etc.) but it boils down to a few things:
1. If the Yankees have spent less than last year, which they are trumpeting, it’s not much less.
2. Does this mean there’s no room for Andy Pettitte absent a trade?
I learned the hard way never to say never when it comes to the Yankee. They’re not afraid to ask for money or to spend it. It doesn’t appear they have any room to sign a significant free agent, but it certainly wouldn’t surprise me if they did. Fiscal restraint is not exactly part of the team charter.