The consensus remains that the Yankees want to cut payroll this winter, but Buster Olney tweeted last night that the number is between $190 million and $200 million, not quite as low as early estimates of $185 million.
Olney also notes — and this pretty much goes without saying — that the number is “not a hard ceiling.”
One thing about this period of rumors and speculation, very few things are set in stone. Marco Scutaro is going to Boston. Placido Polanco is going to Philadelphia. Billy Wagner is going to Atlanta. But most everything else remains up in the air, somewhere between educated guesswork and wild guesswork.
The market will have to develop before we know anything for certain. Let’s all hope that begins to happen at next week’s Winter Meetings.