For a similar breakdown and musing on the payroll and the tough player choices ahead, click through here to Stephen Rhoads’ piece on RAB, which has a complete, editable Google document that you can play around with.
All offseason long, we’ve been talking and thinking about the looming $189M payroll target the Yankees are aiming for in 2014. This will help them get under the luxury tax and potentially net them a lot of money that they can reinvest into the team. The thing we’ve wondered most is how this will affect the team’s spending going forward. With that “budget” in mind, it seems less and less likely that the Yankees will go for big money contracts, as those contracts could hurt them in 2014. I think we can all agree, though, that if someone (Cole Hamels) is out there who can help the team, they’ll break the bank for him. But is it possible for them to break the bank AND stay under that $189M mark in 2014?… Click here to read the rest