Morosi: Upton too expensive for Yankees

Less than a week after Hal Steinbrenner assured Yankee fans that his team’s mandate to get below the luxury tax threshold before next season would not get in the way of assembling a championship caliber team, a report comes out that seriously puts those assurances in doubt. According to Jon Paul Morosi, the Yankees are “reluctant” to enter the Upton sweepstakes, and Morosi fingers the 2014 budget plan as the reason.

As those of you who know me might have expected, I spent most of the weekend in a football coma and didn’t get around to writing about this yesterday, which I thought might mellow my opinion on this story a little bit. It didn’t. There’s a lot of variables that could be in play here, namely that I still have trouble seeing the Yankees matching up with the Diamondbacks on a package, especially with other teams with deeper organizations involved, but if they really are passing on Upton simply because he’s owed roughly $10 million per year on his current contract, that’s just completely indefensible for the richest team in the league. The Yankees are looking for a right-handed hitting outfielder, and Upton is a 25 year old with tremendous power and an MVP caliber season to his name already.

Morosi (seemingly) speculates that the Yankees could try to move Curtis Granderson to Seattle in exchange for a similar package to the one they just offered up for Upton, and could then flip those guys to Arizona. I don’t think that’s particularly likely (even with a contract extension, Granderson is much older than Upton and not as good), but it suggests that an unwillingness to part with the team’s own prospects could be an issue here as well. That’s not quite as ridiculous as the possibility that Upton’s salary is too expensive for the Yankees, but it’s pretty close.

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Born in Southwestern Ohio and currently residing on the Chesapeake Bay, Brien is a former editor-in-chief of IIATMS who now spends most of his time sitting on his deck watching his tomatoes ripen and consuming far more MLB Network programming than is safe for one's health or sanity.

13 thoughts on “Morosi: Upton too expensive for Yankees

  1. While Upton is young and a major talent, he hasn't exactly been known as reliable, poisitive player.

    Mix that with the fact that three of the four best Yankee prospects are OFers, it just might not be the best solution. They have an ouside chance to replacing that OF for close to league minimum in a few years.

    After saying all this, I would give up one (perhaps Slade) OFer, and pick two of Nunez, Adams, Warren & Nova.

    • The odds that any of those outfielders ends up being as good as Upton has already been is fairly low.

      • none are projecte to be as good as upton even if they reach their potential. they might, and they might be, but as brien jackson said, odds are not in our favor. if money is the reason we arent going after him, then they lost all interest in winning.

      • AJac was the NYY last OF prospect to rate in BA top 100 and he was known to be a powerless OF with questionable contact rates.

        NYY will likely have 3-BA top 100 OFers this year…Mason has great contact, but limited power to date…Slade has power but injury prone…and Austin was their best proformer on any level last year.

        Will any of those beat out Upton going forward, we have no clue. However, they must have farmhands that start to get to 189M$ and the best bet are the high-end prospects that three-quarters of them, just happen to play the OF.

  2. I think they need to take a hard look at Upton and they MUST deviate from the tradition of negotiating with players on new deals during the season (Cano). If they can't resign Cano now and get to this 189 figure then they need to move him now for return. It boggles my mind that the front office is willing to let Cano play out the year and then wait and see with Boras what the price is. Yeah, they get a draft pick if he goes elsewhere. IF. IF. IF he can't be resigned then they need to move him now and make the deal for Upton. If Hal let's Cano play out the year and leave for money he is not prepared to spend in a year where we don't appear to have the bats to win it all then he is a complete idiot.

    • Cano isn't going to sign an extension at this point unless he gets a premium to stay off of the open market, so waiting until the end of the season will save money unless someone puts out something ridiculous.

  3. Granderson to the Braves for prospects, and then package those prospects along with Cano and some of our own prospects for Upton and possibly Miguel Montero. I guess the biggest problem with this besides so many big names moving and determining what and how many prospects get moved is the fact that it leaves the Yankees without a second basemen. Too me, this is the most realistic way the Yankees would make a move for Upton.

    • Why would the Braves who are somewhat cost conscious trade prospects for Granderson who is only under team control for the 2013 season then a FA? I can't see that happening.

      • because they were linked to him before and they need a left fielder. It's not out of the realm of possibility.

        • You're probably right about it not being "out of the realm of possibility". But any interest they may have had in Granderson was probably before they blew $75.25MM signing BJ Upton to a 5 year deal this winter.

  4. I just don't think Upton is a significant enough upgrade over what the Yankees have coming down the pike in a year or 2 that he justifies trading 3 or 4 of the Yankees best prospects for and absorbing $35MM plus of his remaining contract. Besides until or unless the Yankees move Granderson there really isn't any place for Upton to play.