Buster Olney (via MLB Trade Rumors) says that he heard the Yankees' payroll will be around $180 million next season. That would be a decrease of almost $30 million if true.
I'm not sure where he got that number from, but let's examine it.
Big money coming off the payroll:
- Jason Giambi's $21 million. He has a $5 million buyout.
- Bobby Abreu's $16 million
- Andy Pettitte's $16 million
- Mike Mussina's $11 million
- Carl Pavano's $11 million
The Yankees will have a lot of money to throw around at free agents. The weeks and months after the World Series should be a lot of fun.