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Thursday, October 2, 2008

Olney: Yanks to have lower payroll

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
That is $70 million coming off the books right there. On the above list, I can only see Abreu and Mussina have a chance of coming back next year. Ivan Rodriguez won't be back, Damaso Marte has a 2009 club option and the Yankees will have to pay arbitration eligible players like Chien-Ming Wang, Xavier Nady and Brian Bruney.

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.

2 comments:

raven said...

You can rest assured that Cashman will spend hell of money on Igawa No.2 in Japan while using every excuse in the universe to cut down Chien-ming Wang's and Joba's salary.

Andrew Fletcher said...

As long as the Red Sox don't try to sign a Japanese pitcher, I think there won't be an Igawa No. 2. We all know that was a copycat move. I still don't think Cashman was fully on board with that move though.

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