The LoHud Yankees Blog

A New York Yankees blog by Chad Jennings and the staff of The Journal News

A smaller number, but hardly a small number

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Dec 04, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

If the Yankees actually do trim their payroll to $185 million, it will be a significant cut from this year’s spending, but it’s hard to call $185 million insufficient for a title defense. I generally don’t like comparing the Yankees’ payroll to that of other teams — it’s a good thing having owners who are willing to spend — but it’s worth noting that $185 million would still be significantly more than any other team spent this season. Almost $50 million more.

Basically, take baseball’s second-highest 2009 payroll and add Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira and the mistake of Kei Igawa. That’s roughly $185 million. It’s enough to field a highly paid roster, plus two additional MVP candidates and still have enough to make up for a bad contract.

Cutting payroll to $185 million would to make it tough to replace or re-sign Johnny Damon, Hideki Matsui and Andy Pettitte, but it’s certainly enough to build a championship team. Is there really any way the Yankees are going to hold themselves to a different standard?

Let’s not forget that today’s reports of cutting payroll also came with a report that the Yankees will look into a trade for Roy Halladay. That’s doesn’t sound like a team that’s thinking small next season.




Sponsored by:





    Read The LoHud Yankees Blog on the go by navigating to the blog on your smartphone or mobile device's browser. No apps or downloads are required.


Place an ad

Call (914) 694-3581