State Of The Budget: 12/6/13 (Updated: Now With More Beltran)

Today, was…uh… interesting. Goodbye Robinson Cano. Goodbye Curtis Granderson. It hurts to lose these guys, and there’s a huge morale hit when losing a homegrown All Star like Cano, but the Yankees probably made a smart moving not going 10 years.

Here’s an update on what things look like after adding Hiroki Kuroda. Keep in mind that the team still desperately needs another infielder, another starting pitcher, and some bullpen help. Many also believe the Yankees will be very aggressive with Shin-Soo Choo, who’s probably looking at around $16MM to $18MM a year, though it could be more than that.

1- C: Brian McCann (5/$85MM) $17.000MM
2- 1B: Mark Teixeira (8/$180MM) $22.500MM
3- 2B: Kelly Johnson (1/$3MM) $3MM
4- 3B: Eduardo Nunez (Min) $0.511MM
5- SS: Derek Jeter (1/$12.81MM) $12.810MM + $7.000MM Bonuses
6- LF: Jacoby Ellsbury (8/$169MM) $21.175MM
7- CF: Brett Gardner (Arb 3) $4.000MM
8- RF: Alfonso Soriano (8/$136MM) $17.000MM*
9- DH: Carlos Beltran (3/$45MM) $15.000MM
10- BN: Brendan Ryan (1/$2MM) $2.000MM
11- BN: Vernon Wells (7/$126MM) $18.000MM**
12- BN: Ichiro Suzuki (2/$13MM) $6.500MM
13- BN: Francisco Cervelli (Arb 1) $1.000MM
14- SP1: CC Sabathia (5/$122MM) $24.400MM
15- SP2: Hiroki Kuroda (1/$16MM) $16.00MM
16- SP3: Ivan Nova (Arb 1) $2.800MM
17- SP4: David Phelps (Min) $0.511MM
18- SP5: Michael Pineda (Min) $0.511MM
19- CL: David Robertson (Arb 3) $5.500MM
20- RP: Shawn Kelley (Arb 2) $1.500MM
21- RP: Preston Claiborne (Min) $0.511MM
22- RP: Dellin Betances (Min) $0.511MM
23- RP: Adam Warren (Min) $0.511MM
24- RP: Vidal Nuno (Min) $0.511MM
25- RP: Cesar Cabral (Min) $0.511MM

Total: $200.873MM

40-Man Roster

26- SP: Manny Banuelos (Min) $0.040MM
27- SP: Nik Turley (Min) $0.040MM
28- SP: Brett Marshall (Min+) $0.080MM
29- SP: Jose Ramirez (Min) $0.040MM
30- SP: Shane Greene (Min) $0.040MM
31- SP Jose Campos (Min) $0.040MM
32- RP: David Huff (Min+) $0.080MM
33- RP: Bryan Mitchell (Min) $0.040MM
34- C: Austin Romine (Min+) $0.080MM
35- C: Gary Sanchez (Min) $0.040MM
36- C: J.R. Murphy (Min) $0.080MM
37- IF: Dean Anna (Min) $0.040MM
38- OF: Ramon Flores (Min) $0.040MM
39- OF: Zoilo Almonte (Min+) $0.080MM
40- OF: Slade Heathcott* (Min) $0.040MM

Total: $0.88MM

Final Calculations
Total Roster Owed: $201.753MM
Cash Considerations: *-$13MM (From Cubs for Soriano), **-$18MM (From Angels for Wells)
Player Benefits: $12MM
Cushion For Non 25-Man Players: $3.5MM

Current Budget Owed: $186.253MM

Current Budget Remaining: $2.747MM


So the Yankees now have about $18 million left to spend. If you want to live dangerously, you can add the $7 million from Jeter’s bonus and assume he won’t win any of these incentives. The idea of having Alex Rodriguez on this roster is completely dead, ($27.5MM AAV + $6MM Bonus) but I suppose you could find a way to fall under $189MM without him. I’ve thrown around the idea of trading for Matt Kemp from the Dodgers and getting them to front load any money on his 6 year $120 million deal into 2014. After that you could probably get Tanaka, Reynolds, and a reliever while staying under $189 million. It doesn’t seem like the club wants to go that route though. They’re talking about signing Shin-Soo Choo, Omar Infante, and Stephen Drew. Again, the budget looks extremely dead, but it doesn’t hurt to keep exploring what their financials look like.

Update (10:18 PM EST): The Yankees just agreed to a 3 year $45 million deal with Carlos Beltran. They now have $2.7 million remaining. Something tells me this isn’t happening.


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