Levine: $189 million plan includes Cano and Granderson


Roughly three-quarters of the emails we receive concern various aspects of the $189 million luxury cap for 2014. How will the Yanks get below this? we’re asked. Can they do it with Player X and Player Y? The most frequent of these questions center on Robinson Cano and, to a slightly lesser extent, Curtis Granderson, both of whom become free agents after the 2013 season. Yankees President Randy Levine spoke to Jon Heyman, and he seems to believe the Yankees can retain both. “The plan contemplates (Robinson) Cano, (Curtis) Granderson and a full championship team,” Levine said. It is certainly possible, but little will have to go wrong in the Yankees’ plan for them to achieve that goal.

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  1. GardnergoesYardner says:

    Jeez, the Yankees go to Orlando for one day, and this is the kind of trouble Levine gets himself into?

  2. Jerkface says:

    Unfortunately Cano & Granderson will be the only players on the team.

  3. Sweet Dick Willie says:

    How does Swisher feel about that comment?

    Levine is like Hank; he has to learn to keep his mouth shut.

    • Esteban says:

      Good point. If they re-sign Cano and Granderson, Swisher is likely not on the team.

    • Rookie says:

      Levine has to learn a LOT of things…. I doubt that much learning is possible.

      A more likely possibility is that Hal and Hank learn not to listen to him and lock him in a room with instructions not to speak with the media or with other teams.

      He reminds me a little of Isaiah Thomas. Given that the Steinbrenners keep him around, I’m beginning to think he has compromising pictures of one or both of them.

  4. SevenAces says:

    It feels like all Levine does is walk around with a dunce cap, diaper and a bib on.

  5. Tom says:

    Well at least Levine didn’t undercut Cashman on the negotiations.

    Does anyone know if he ruled out a 5 year 75mil extension to Soriano?

    • Randy Levine says:

      Does anyone know if he ruled out a 5 year 75mil extension to Soriano?


      Now that you mention it :)

    • 28 this year says:

      He did rule out 75 mil. He felt Soriano is more valuable than Burnett so 83 million is the starting price that Levine is willing to pay for 5 years but he is very willing to negotiate to 100 million.

  6. LarryM.,Fl. says:

    Levine does have a big mouth but all he said was, the plan contemplates both Cano…… 2014. He does have some power when money is spent. He’s spent his share good or bad. I don’t think he said anything wrong. What could he say, no way then he would be a smuck as these guys just tank because of the possibility that the Yanks have no interest in them.

    Everyone wants to be a Yankee but not everyone will give them a discount on services but I truly believe Swisher would but he’s on the wrong side of 30 for more than 3 at how much of a discount could he give. The Yanks will make the budget with more confidence with the young pitchers and OF considerations.

    • Havok9120 says:

      Its more that I wish his position within the franchise did not exist. Its redundant and just leads to the arms not coordinating properly. The fact that he plays GM and helps the ownership do the same through an intermediary only makes it worse in my eyes.

      • Sweet Dick Willie says:


        He was hired specifically for his knowledge of the NYC bureaucracy, and to use that knowledge to expedite the approval/building of YS3.

        Well, what the hell is he still doing here?

        Couldn’t the Mets use a clown?

        • RetroRob says:

          I’m pretty sure he’d be long gone if he wasn’t providing value to the Steinbrenners. None of us have any idea what hi job description is.

          • Havok9120 says:

            Oh, he’s definitely providing value of some sort. Hal wouldn’t keep him around otherwise. But the part of his job description that has to do with the team on the field needs to be taken out.

            BECAUSE I SAY SO.

      • GardnergoesYardner says:

        What I want to know is how Cashman doesn’t flip out about this. After the Soriano stuff, doesn’t Cash have a right to say, “Hey, this is my turf. Let me handle this.”? Guess that “total control of baseball operations” thing was kind of exaggerated.

    • dalelama says:

      This is an example of some RABers irrational hysteria.

      • Havok9120 says:

        That certainly seems to be a factor.

        Mostly we just hate Levine. Which, I grant you, may also be an example of our irrationality.


    • Ted Nelson says:

      “What could he say, no way then he would be a smuck as these guys just tank because of the possibility that the Yanks have no interest in them.”

      If Cano and Granderson believed the Yankees would not re-sign them, I can’t see why they would tank. They would need to attract suitors in their impending free agency. “Tanking” would hurt them personally a lot more than it would the Yankees, who have the depth to win with some down seasons.

  7. Countryclub says:

    I’m not sure it will be wise to give Granderson a 5 yr deal in his age 33 season. That’s at least what he’ll be looking for.

  8. bil says:

    They will cut the payroll by leaps and bounds but keep raising the ticket prices!!!!

  9. JMK says:

    I think we may be making too much out of this. He said the plan considers Cano and Granderson. It is not an equivocal “they will be on this team, damnit!”

    That said, Levine should never, ever speak publicly on personnel matters.

    • Havok9120 says:

      The latter is the only reason I care. Well, that and the fact that his equivocal statements tend to become contracts more often than they should.

  10. 28 this year says:

    What if the Yankees gave A-Rod an extension for 6 years and 144 million with the same bonuses for HR milestones? It would wipe out the current contract and essentially, he would have a 1 million dollar raise which he would agree to and the Players Union and MLB can’t do anything. If MLB tries to void the contract, it gives MLB precedence to deny raises to players which the Union would never allow and the Union can’t say no to raises either. At the same time the, AAV goes down to 24 million which gives the Yanks another 3 million in cap room. Everyone wins.

    • Buhner's barber says:

      As the Kovalchuk (sp?) deal in the NHL taught us, even if everything seems to conform to the letter of the law the league will still deny moves that are done blatantly to lower the “cap”.

  11. jsbrendog says:

    i hope levine has an “accident”

    seriously, can’t this guy do something illegal so they can get rid of him? fuck this guy sucks

  12. JStudz says:

    How about for 2014 The Yankees give Cano and Granderson a one year deal for $5MM a piece with player options of $25MM from 2015-2018. That’s like two 5 year $105MM contracts.

    Underpaying them one year, and Overpaying them for another four seems to benefit both parties.

    • 28 this year says:

      The AAV would still be in the 20 million range.

      • JStudz says:

        Wasn’t sure if Player Options counted toward taxation. Funny how things that are not guaranteed are counted as guaranteed.

    • JMK says:

      How on earth could MLB or the player’s union approve that?

      • JStudz says:

        The only way that a deal like that doesn’t benefit the player would be the players’ fault, not the teams. Even if Yankees had to add a 6th year… It works out as long as the options don’t count toward the Threshold.

      • DM says:

        Even if it helped, the league office wouldn’t approve — but the union wouldn’t mind at all. They dont want this CBA to push the Yankees into closing their wallets. The Yankee premium is great for all players — even the ones that don’t sign with them.

  13. Midland TX says:

    “Levine added that the plan also included framing Alex Rodriguez for murder and embezzlement, and voiding the last four years of his contract.”

  14. AC says:

    As far as Swish goes. Hate to see him leave. I honestly think he would take less to stay here but have a hard time seeing Yanks shell out for Cano and Grandy and still ink Swish to a 3 @ 30 deal. To sign both of those guys above they will have to trim somewhere and this means Banuelos pitching in majors next year too

    • JobaWockeeZ says:

      3 for 30? That’s insulting considering the contracts Werth and Crawford got. Someone will overpay Swish and it won’t be this team.

      • Needed Pitching says:

        Swisher is much closer to Cuddyer or Willingham value than Crawford or Werth.

        3/30 still seems low though.

    • viridiana says:

      I prefer signing Swish too. For one thing, he comes up next year and they have no replacements. By the time, Grandy is FA, Mason Williams could be plugged in. Rushed a bit, yes. But because of his defense and speed, a year of offensive adjustment won’t hurt. Also, this: if you sign Swish, you take some of the rpessure off the following year. Yanks can then pick between Grandy and Cano. I know it’s sacrilege to consider letting Cano go. But what if Boras insists on 9 or 10 year deal (which he will)? Cano for six or seven — yes. But anything more — shades of A-Rod deal.

  15. dan gen says:

    ceiling are for small markets…not for a team that charges 15 hundred for a legend seat

  16. GardnergoesYardner says:

    Hey, has anyone ever noticed that Levine kinda looks like Dan Shaughnessy?

    I think all the questions we’ve had have just been answered.

  17. Needed Pitching says:

    player options count as guaranteed years for luxury tax unless the buyout is more than 50% of the option value(or unless the option is for a less than 50% guaranteed contract if the player was released)

  18. Manny's BanWagon says:

    Everyone always jumps all over Levine , who does happen to be an idiot, but the Yankees worst contract by leaps and bounds is ARod’s and that’s Hank’s doing, if I recall correctly.

    • JohnnyC says:

      You’re not following the narrative. ALL bad signings and personnel decisions are blamed on Levine (or Hank). ALL good signings and trades are credited to Cashman (or some blogger who crunched the numbers really well). Easy rules to live by.

    • Havok9120 says:

      We jump all over Hank as well. At least we did before his brother hit him with a mallet and shipped him off to a backward and far away land where the media will never find him (Queens).

  19. First name only male (Retire 21) says:

    Step 1: Re-sign Cano and Granderson
    Step 2:…
    Step 3: Profit!

  20. Karl Krawfid says:

    Grandy will be in right.

    Mason Williams or BG will be in center.

  21. Tyrone Sharpton says:

    I declare this the open thread! Just playin

  22. Sweet Dick Willie says:

    watches tumbleweeds blow by

  23. PM says:

    Excuse my ignorance, but I’m uneducated on this… It’s not a player’s actual salary in a given year, but their average annual salary over the length of their deal that counts toward the $189 threshold?

  24. Monterowasdinero says:

    And Jesus doubles in 2 off of…..

    Ian Kennedy!

  25. JW says:

    $189 million plan includes Cano and Granderson seems applicable if let either Swisher or Martin go.

    Rodriguez $28MM
    Sabathia $23MM
    Teixeira $22.5MM
    Cano $20MM($100MM/5yrs)
    Granderson $20MM($80MM/4yrs)
    Cain/Hamels $18MM($120MM/6yrs)
    Swisher $10MM($45MM/4yrs)
    Jeter $8MM
    Gardner $4.5MM
    Hughes/Garcia $4MM
    Robertson(CL) $4MM
    Pineda $3.25MM
    Nova $2.6MM
    Cervelli $1.6MM
    DH(if any) $1MM
    Romine $0.5MM
    Rest 3 Bench(IF/OF) $2.5MM
    Rest 6 BP $7.5MM

    Total: 180.95MM (still own some budget for the rest of 40-Man rosters)

  26. ajra21 says:

    i don’t really care how they do it but getting under that $189m is very important. the long term benefits are huge. for too long we lived for the “now” which is how we got a stupidly big payroll that hasn’t produced more WS. they’ve finally figured out that having a smaller payroll has significiant benefits due to flexibility. they will get the number under $189m for 2014, i’m confidence in that.

    • Plank says:

      i don’t really care how they do it but getting under that $189m is very important.

      Important for whom?

      for too long we lived for the “now” which is how we got a stupidly big payroll that hasn’t produced more WS.

      You’re right! There haven’t been any world series because of the payroll. Except for 2009, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1996, 1978, and 1977.

      • Ted Nelson says:

        “Important for whom?”

        Probably as much so for fans as anyone. Getting the luxury tax number down from 50% to, what?, 15% will allow them more financial flexibility later.

  27. Nolan says:

    I think the yanks can use joba and Hughes to trade for a young cost controlled outfielder. Provided, of course, that both have good years and can build some trade value

  28. First name only male (Retire 21) says:

    Any chance the Yankees can give A-Rod a hockey type extention? Sign him for $200 million over 25 years. Get that AAV down to $8 million.

  29. Jonathan says:

    Like every Yankee fan out there I’d like to find a way to keep Martin/Swish and Robbie/Granderson while adding Hamels/Greinke (since it is so incredibly rare for an ace to hit the FA market it seems like a shame to pass it up when we all know how fast a good rotation turns into a problem. But i really have no idea how they’ll be able to do it. But things change so fast.

    Not long ago everyone was salivating over a FA class of Crawford/Halladay/Mauer/Webb/Beckett and Halladay/Mauer/Beckett signed extensions, Webb’s career is essentially over and Crawford was awful last year, while Cliff Lee turned out to not be a one hit wonder. We though we’d have the need for Crawford and possibly Mauer if Jesus couldn’t catch and it turned out we got Martin and Gardner for a small fraction of the price and they were actually better than Mauer/Crawford last year. The point is I’d love to keep all 4 of our position players coming up for FA and add a stud SP but a lot can change in a short time. I’d especially like to keep Cano because he’s a homegrown stud and I think the absolutely logical person to take over at 3B eventually. Unlike most 2B he’ll have the arm strength to handle it so when he gets older he’ll still be very valuable.

    • G says:

      Cano’s range to his right is his second best defensive asset behind his arm. It’d be a shame to see that go to waste at 3rd.

      • Ted Nelson says:

        The idea is that range diminishes with age and in a few years Cano’s may be gone. If not they won’t move him, but it’s just likely that his range and quickness on the pivot does decline.

        I would say that Cano’s range is below average at 2B, though.

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