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
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
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.