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Yankees once again have baseball’s highest payroll

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Apr 02, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Here’s the story about those penny pinching Yankees…

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees set a record for baseball’s highest opening-day payroll at $230.4 million, almost 10 times what the Houston Astros are paying their players.

After all the talk of spending restraint during the offseason, the Yankees began the season Monday well ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers are at $214.8 million and only the second franchise to break the $200 million barrier, according to a study of big league contracts by The Associated Press.

Houston was last at $27.3 million, down from about $61 million opening day last year and less than the major league-leading $29 million for the Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez. Houston’s payroll is the lowest since the 2008 Florida Marlins were at $22 million.

Starting their first season in the American League, the Astros have lost 213 games during the past two years.

After an unsuccessful first season in their new ballpark and an offseason spent shedding stars, the Miami Marlins dropped from about $90 million to 29th at $44.7 million.

Fourteen teams topped $100 million, up from eight at the start of last season. Philadelphia was third at $160 million, followed by Boston ($157.6 million), AL champion Detroit ($150.5 million), the Los Angeles Angels ($141.9 million) and World Series champion San Francisco ($138 million).

Toronto was another team that changed its approach during the offseason, raising its payroll from $75 million to $118 million.

The average for the 856 players on active rosters and disabled lists plus the four players serving suspensions was $3.65 million, up 6.1 percent from $3.44 million at the start of last season and the steepest rise since 2008.

Million-dollar salaries rose by 15 to 463, which comes to 54 percent of players. The number of $10 million players increased from 89 to 103, and $20 million stars jumped from 14 to 21.

Just 44 players make the $490,000 minimum. The median salary, the point at which an equal number is above and below, rose by $187,500 to a record $1,262,500.

There were 102 players on disabled lists, one fewer than on opening day last year.

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73 Responses to “Yankees once again have baseball’s highest payroll”

  1. Carly April 2nd, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    not good with a 230 million payroll

    not a good use of resources

  2. Carly April 2nd, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    Andrew Marchand @AndrewMarchand
    Van Wagnen said be careful to draw conclusions, but I think the perception Cano is much more likely to sign with the Yanks now is correct.

    :)

  3. RadioKev April 2nd, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    Wow. That cutter/slider combo is nasty for Darvish.

  4. Poetkiosk April 2nd, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    What is the amount of payroll that played for the Yankees on Monday?

  5. Rich in NJ April 2nd, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    A lot of it is money poorly spent, and it’s hard to understand why at least some money couldn’t have gone to Darvish, Cespedes, Soler, and/or Chapman. Mostl of them would have helped meet Hal’s twin goals of cutting payroll while competing at a very high level.

  6. Carly April 2nd, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    David Waldstein @DavidWaldstein
    Arencibia already has 3 passed balls trying to catch Dickey. Get Josh Thole up there ASAP.

    i feel for catchers trying to handle the knuckle

  7. Jerkface April 2nd, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    Darvish cutting the Astros apart. 5 Ks in 2 innings so far.

  8. sevrox April 2nd, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    And THAT’S the team on the field. Oy.

  9. theREALkevin April 2nd, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    Darvish should have started opening night. Some BS about “rewarding” Harrison for his 2012 season. Um, how about making your ace your best pitcher? Who cares about last season, this is now. Darvish is more talented.

  10. Carly April 2nd, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    Let’s say Cano gets the same amount of hits as last year, 196, this year. That would put him at 1635 hits for the career. If he signs a 7 year contract, he will have to average approx 195 hits over the course of that contract to reach 3000. If Cano signs a 8 contract, he will need to average approx 171 hits to get to 3000.

  11. hornblower April 2nd, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    In baseball you pay for past performance. The price for making the playoffs 18 of 19 years is a high payroll. If they had the highest payroll and were losing it would be something to complain about. When and if they start to lose the payroll will go down. Then some fans will complain that they are not spending enough.
    And so it goes.

  12. Jerkface April 2nd, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    The issue with this years ‘highest ever’ payroll is that a good portion of the money spent was on slop due to the Yankees avoiding the 189 issue until the last possible second (apparently, the offseason before). had they spent their money more wisely they would have had good players under contract for 2014 which is better than no players or bad players and they could have still abandoned it if they wanted to.

    Now if they abandon it theres not going to be much they can do, and oh by the way they managed to hurt themselves in 2013 as well.

  13. Carly April 2nd, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    think you split the atom and trade for Headley going forward. Go all in on Cano. Whatever is left in the farm you use to fill in. Even if you lose Mason and Heathcott plus two prime pitchers in the minors, could still have Austin, Flores, and maybe Gamel help fill in the pieces. heck, could always move Gumbs to an OF spot

  14. MG April 2nd, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    I intent to see ’42′ soon after it opens but most of you aren’t old enough to have ever seen the original ‘Jackie Robinson Story’ from the early ’50s.

    It starred…. Jackie Robinson and Ruby Dee as Rachel Robinson. I think Branch Rickey played himself as well.

    I’m sure the modern version will be a little more graphic about some of the abuse Jackie had to take but the original didn’t gloss over it either.

  15. RadioKev April 2nd, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    Ha! AJ Pierzinsky just leaned into a pitch, with his huge elbow pad. That guy.

  16. blake April 2nd, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    Of the 230+ million…a hilarious amount is attributed to either retread stop gaps or guys that can’t even play…..as I said the other day this has to be the least efficient roster ever constructed money wise

  17. Rich in NJ April 2nd, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    When is Headley a free agent? They would have to be prepared to extend him a big bucks. I don’t think that’s a certainty.

  18. RadioKev April 2nd, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    Carly April 2nd, 2013 at 8:58 pm
    think you split the atom and trade for Headley going forward. Go all in on Cano. Whatever is left in the farm you use to fill in. Even if you lose Mason and Heathcott plus two prime pitchers in the minors, could still have Austin, Flores, and maybe Gamel help fill in the pieces. heck, could always move Gumbs to an OF spot
    ———

    Headley ain’t worth Williams, Heathcott, and two good pitchers. Save that for Stanton ;)

  19. blake April 2nd, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    Maybe they should have signed Darvish and kept Montero?

  20. Carly April 2nd, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    Headley is a FA after 2014 season.

    of course, would love Stanton, just thinking that 3b and SS are the two positions the farm system lacks any kind of depth going forward,

  21. austinmac April 2nd, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    I seem to recall the Padres and Headley had some talks that didn’t go well. He is one who may well get trade+/or become a free agent.

  22. RadioKev April 2nd, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    blake April 2nd, 2013 at 9:12 pm
    Maybe they should have signed Darvish and kept Montero?
    ———-

    Instead of a DLed pitcher and Stewie? Are you crazy?

    Not signing Darvish is a failure of scouting.

  23. Carly April 2nd, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    Headley’s a 3b plus a switch hitter

    for me it was embarrassing that the Yanks did not have a switch hitter in the lineup yesterday on opening day for the first time since 1992

  24. austinmac April 2nd, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    Yeah, Darvish looks very good at 95 with great secondary pitches.

  25. blake April 2nd, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    “Not signing Darvish is a failure of scouting.”

    Also a failure of Hal not wanting to spend any money

  26. blake April 2nd, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    I think Headley gets moved this summer….

  27. Rich in NJ April 2nd, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    I don’t know if it was scouting or money or both. They also saved money by drafting Culver and Bichette, and didn’t pursue Cespedes or Chapman as far as I know (they did make an offer for Soler, I think).

    It also seems apparent given all the reports over the years that they were intent on trading Montero for some pitcher.

  28. blake April 2nd, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    @EyeOnBaseball: Tulowitzki with his second homer in as many games. Easy to forget how insanely good he is when healthy.

    I want….he will get traded at some point

  29. austinmac April 2nd, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Rich,

    Absolutely. It is why h

  30. Jerkface April 2nd, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Anyone who watched Darvish in the NPB knew he was capable of this. 95 don’t lie. Neither does the assortment of breaking pitches. Every NPB pitcher generally has 4+ pitches (their coaches demand they be able to throw a slider and a curve for strikes so you get a lot of show-me variants) but the quality of Darvish’s pitches was evident.

  31. austinmac April 2nd, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    It is why they are where they are. Imagine Darvish and Cespedes? Yes, we all do.

  32. Jerkface April 2nd, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    Darvish is a player that attracts fans and builds your brand. Vernon Wells is not.

  33. blake April 2nd, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    Think how different this team would look with Darvish, Cespedes, and Montero…..could have been

  34. RadioKev April 2nd, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    Darvish: 8 Ks 4IP.

    I was honestly thinking he could get into the mid teens this game. Not at this rate, but still… this is the perfect storm.

  35. Carly April 2nd, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    for me it is more a lack of vision and then also executing that vision

    even going back to the dynasty (which was a wonderful set of circumstances of luck plus astute moves), the dodgers go Nomo and the yanks behind the curve go Irabu

    then Ichiro Suzuki should have been a Yankees, but once again the front office lacked the vision

    for me I just look at the way a guy like Beane builds a team, and the more I am convinced there needs to be a better gm to handle the goal of 189 million. Cashman’s best attribute has always been the contract, like going to Sabathia’s home and sealing the deal. He does not have the creativity that will be needed to transition this team going forward. Cashman’s idea of being creative is finding Aaron Small or Shawn Chacon or holding onto Josh Phelps too long. Beane’s way is going after Cespedes and targeting Parker

  36. Rich in NJ April 2nd, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    “Think how different this team would look with Darvish, Cespedes, and Montero…..could have been”

    Just give me two, and AJack.

  37. Cashmoney April 2nd, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    not sold on Headley as a premier bat. I don’t understand the love for Elvis Andrus either, as a whole package, he is a good SS but I don’t see that good of offensive player.

  38. Jerkface April 2nd, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    not sold on Headley as a premier bat. I don’t understand the love for Elvis Andrus either, as a whole package, he is a good SS but I don’t see that good of offensive player.

    Look at Headley’s away splits. He gets on base and has solid pop for a 3Bman. In a non-cavernous stadium he is an easy 20 HR guy. Maybe not 30 HR every year but 40 doubles 20 HRs? Doable. With great defense.

    Andrus gets on base at a .340 clip from Short Stop and plays top tier elite defense at the position. Thats why he is worth the money. Look at the SS position. Most don’t sniff .340.

    Elvis Andrus had the 2nd highest OBP from a SS in 2012. Jeter was the only one higher. Its a weak, weak, weak position right now. And guys that are better with the bat than Andrus likely don’t have the D and they will probably make more than Andrus extension (which is just a 15 AAV).

  39. jmills April 2nd, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    Hats off to Cleveland who had Donna Halper helping Rush back in ’74 or so. If things proceed as such, there’s gonna’ be a boat load of uncomfortable drunk fans a’ heading on home :D

  40. Carly April 2nd, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    if not Headley at 3b, then who going forward???

  41. Rich in NJ April 2nd, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    “Cashman’s idea of being creative is finding Aaron Small or Shawn Chacon or holding onto Josh Phelps too long. Beane’s way is going after Cespedes and targeting Parker”

    Given the team they had in 2005 and that he hadn’t gotten power over the draft, those were good moves.

    But between then and now, it was obvious that new impact players had to replace the aging core.

    That’s where the failure really is.

  42. jmills April 2nd, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    Nick Swisher is 0 for 3 and up.

  43. jmills April 2nd, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    Swisher now, 0 for four, Bobby Orr. Thank goddess its a long season,…..I think.

  44. Carly April 2nd, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    to me, Small and Chacon were band aids, there are still systemic issues that date back, and he got lucky hitting on those two, going to the well of the Chacons and Smalls is not a recipe for success, need to draw from a better talent pool that is long lasting and not just a half a season flash in the pan

    the one thing Cashman showed he was good at was brining in the one shiny toy each year, whether it be Mussina, Giambi, Matsui, and the the trio of Burnett, C.C., and Tex

  45. jmills April 2nd, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    Of all things,…Carlos Santana is up!

  46. Cashmoney April 2nd, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    Jerk, I don’t think the contract of outrageous by any means. league positional strength can be a cyclical thing… I am simply stating I am not impressed by Andrus as an offensive player , nor am I convinced that headley is a franchise bat which is pretty much true.

  47. Rich in NJ April 2nd, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    “to me, Small and Chacon were band aid”

    They are, but he had no power over the draft, and they still had a dynamite offensive team. Plus, he still had to contend with George. Remember, he wanted Beltran over Randy Johnson, and Vlad over Sheffield.

    But as I said, sometime between 2005 and 2013, it’s on him that young impact bats besides Cano weren’t added to carry some of the load.

  48. j9d April 2nd, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    I’m thinking we should let the folks on the inside with much more information make the decisions. Then, if we don’t like the decisions we vote with our feet. Better than trying to control something we can’t. Very Empowering too.

  49. Cashmoney April 2nd, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    if not Headley at 3b, then who going forward???

    I put Musty or Adam at third … or explore teams with 3b prospects for a trade.

  50. RadioKev April 2nd, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    Yeah, Darvish is working on a perfect game right now.

  51. Rich in NJ April 2nd, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    “I’m thinking we should let the folks on the inside with much more information make the decisions.”

    We don’t?

    “Then, if we don’t like the decisions we vote with our feet. Better than trying to control something we can’t. ”

    We start rooting for another team?

  52. Carly April 2nd, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    that’s true good point BUT i still think he is doing the same sort of patch work then and he is doing now

    I just think the Yanks need someone with greater creativity and vision to lead the team, especially in the new world of increased revenue for teams and the self-imposed salary cap by ownership

  53. jmills April 2nd, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    J9d, I’m with you, forlorn Jays fan that I am,….let’s conspire avec our feet!

  54. Carly April 2nd, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    i would have a hard time believing Adams or Mustelier are the long term options at 3b, maybe bench role players, but not the longterm solution

    perhaps they could explore 3b prospects on other teams, but aren’t those guys going to be just as hard to pry away?

  55. j9d April 2nd, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    So I guess you are just venting, Rich. That’s okay too.

  56. Chip April 2nd, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    It’s not how much you spend – it’s how you spend it. The Yankees could have had a better team for less money if they had been more judicious in how they spent it.

  57. Cashmoney April 2nd, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    I have no idea what’s going on in Cashman’s brain, but I will assume any intelligent human being looking at Yankees 3b situation right now will conclude that they might need help beyond 13.
    1. you assess your internal options, which aren’t great
    2. you look at other team who has incumbent 3b lock up in a long term deal to see if they have talented 3b stuck behind the 8 ball and are willing to start a conversation… i.e. dudes who are stuck behind beltre, zimmerman and Wright , just off top of my head.
    3. FA market
    4. international market

  58. j9d April 2nd, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    Yes, jmills. We will drive ourselves nuts if we think we can change something we can’t. Beat to enjoy what we can and know that this is a tough year. Being an underdog might be a. Nice perspective for a change.

  59. Carly April 2nd, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    3. FA market

    you are looking at the likes of Young and Peralta

    now if you want to talk about Rendon behind Zimmerman, maybe, BUT I see the Nats converting hm to 2b but you never know

    with Beltre, you have Olt, but it is difficult trading with Daniels

    if you are already looking at external options, why not go for a top 5 MVP finisher in Headley. He was a top prospect before and may have finally taken the step forward. The same was once said of Alex Gordon.

  60. blake April 2nd, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    Here is the thing about payroll efficiency…..now if the Yanks had signed Darvish then that probably means they don’t sign Kuroda…..however when you look at Kuroda’s salary (15 million) and consider that Darvish, Cespedes, and Montero all together would cost less than 19 million AAV for 2013…..that’s kinda what I’m talkin about

  61. Carly April 2nd, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    I believe Darvish is almost perfect through 6

  62. antisocial scrooge April 2nd, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    Darvish has nasty stuff

  63. blake April 2nd, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    Darvish’s actual contract is really affordable….it’s like. 9.3 AAV…..Hal didnt want to pay the posting fee

  64. blake April 2nd, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    The Yanks thought they could sign Kuroda shorter term and cheaper in total money….and he’s that true and I love Kuroda….but Kuroda solves nothing long term…. Darvish would have

  65. Rich in NJ April 2nd, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    Long-term to the Yankees is the length of a season.

  66. Cashmoney April 2nd, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    if you are already looking at external options, why not go for a top 5 MVP finisher in Headley. He was a top prospect before and may have finally taken the step forward. The same was once said of Alex Gordon.

    I like to Musty or Adams gets a chance first. As far as external option goes, I already stated i am not convince headley as a premier bat off one year of excellency to render the reported sky high asking price in terms of prospects.I simply stating that there are other options to explore in which you have seem to think there is only one in Headley.

  67. Carly April 2nd, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    i don’t think Headley is the only option, just probably the best option. And I do not think other team’s 3b top prospects like Olt or Rendon are going to come cheap themselves and they are an even riskier proposition than Headley who has already produced in a large ballpark

  68. blake April 2nd, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    Id love to get Rendon but think itd probably take Cano to get him

  69. Carly April 2nd, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    history could be in the making in Houston

  70. blake April 2nd, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    Wonder how many times the Astros will get no hit this year

  71. Carly April 2nd, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    i do fear for the stros as they will have to possibly play against king felix in Seattle and the A’s pitchers in the coliseum like Parker

  72. jmills April 2nd, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    J9d, I do concur,…onwards and upwards! blake, you’re going to have to conspire short and back if things they do not get on the bettah’! :D

  73. Cashmoney April 2nd, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    Carly. headley may well be the best sure thing that is’ available. I like to see the Yanks explore all options as mentioned above and analyze the data in terms cost/benefit analysis and with long term team construction in mind. Something this organization seem to be lacking when I look at the current roster.


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