Yankees set all-time record with $230.4M payroll

Yankees release Clay Rapada
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Via the AP: The Yankees opened the season with a $230.4M payroll, breaking their previous record for the highest payroll in baseball history. “We’re the Yankees. We’ve had a lot of success doing business the way that we do it … Why would you change?” said Mark Teixeira, apparently unaware of his bosses’ future plans.

The Dodgers, who opened the season with a $214.8M payroll, were expected to pass the Yankees and claim the highest payroll in baseball this season. Late Spring Training additions like Lyle Overbay and (especially) Vernon Wells pushed New York back on top. The Yankees have something like $91M in players on the DL right now, so that $230.4M payroll isn’t reflected in the quality of the roster. You knew that already. At $27.3M, the Astros started the year with baseball’s smallest payroll.

Yankees release Clay Rapada
Game Two: The Grind Begins
  • Eddard

    And about half of it is waste. They have to trim $40 million for next year. I assume it means Granderson is gone replaced by Gardner. Mo is gone replaced by Drob. Andy and Kuroda are gone replaced by Phelps and another cheap, young arm. Then they need to account for Cano’s pay raise and if they want to re-sign Hughes.

  • http://twitter.com/Carlosologist Carlosologist

    But the Yanks are cheap. Lol

    • awy

      cheap at the wrong moments, panicky after the fact. this is worse than being cheap in general

    • Manny’s BanWagon

      In the past they haven’t been cheap but the impending $189 if they actually go through with it is going to accelerate their path on the road down into the shitter.

  • trr

    Whoo-De-Damn-do! Where has it gotten us? It’s not how much you spend, it’s how you spend it.

    • Mike HC

      More like, “It’s not how much you spend, it’s how much of it stays healthy.”

      • trr


    • Tampa Yankee

      So we’ve forgotten about 2009 already?

      • trr

        just livin’ in the present, Tampa

  • jjyank

    Holy hell. A-Rod’s AAV is higher than the entire Astros team.

    I’m not really making a statement about how A-Rod is overpaid, but damn. I feel bad for any fan of that franchise. Pretty pitiful amount to spend on a major league roster.

    • Get Phelps Up

      At least the Astros seem to have a plan, unlike some other teams *coughmarlinscough*

      • thenamestsam

        Exactly. The previous owner spent willy-nilly trying to prop up a not quite contender for years past their shelf life and left a franchise with no talent base. If they had spent $300M on free agents this offseason they just would have been this year’s Marlins, a team with some good players, most of whom are overpaid, but not the depth of talent to be a contender. So instead they’re putting their resources into trying to be good in 3 years. Yes it’s going to be a painful year, but rebuilding is definitely a positive step for them.

  • Jersey Joe

    Jeez. Need 41 million lost in payroll for next year. Damn.

    • Tampa Yankee

      Well there will be no Mo, possibly Andy, what they’re paying the Pirates for AJ, the “savings” from how they structured the Wells deal counted towards 2014 but they’ll add in Robbie’s new AAV.

  • Yankee USA

    And how much for that Babe Statue that should be up on Babe Ruth Plaza – out of respect for the man that made the franchise successful, as a way of drawing fans & tourists, and as a way to end the curse caused by the destruction of The House That Ruth Built & Babe Ruth Memorial Field??? Or do we need another statue of steinbrenner first?

    • trr

      ha! wait’ll the statues go up for the Steinbugger kids!

    • DC

      I see the latest one-trick pony has a new screen name.

  • jtb0128301

    $231m and they are proud of it. $231m for a team that can’t hit, pitch or play defense. Brian Cashman the GM of the year. I guess $231m doesn’t go as far as it used to. Like Ive said there isn’t a GM who does LESS with more than Cash.

    • jjyank

      I’m guessing you weren’t beating that drum in 2009. We all knew that eventually the roster would get old. Also, the whole $90 mil on the disabled list doesn’t help either.

      • trr

        we’re just ventin’ here jj.
        (at least I am!)
        tell u this, I’m in the mood for a win tonight!

        • Robinson Tilapia

          That’s not venting. That’s plain stupidity. They can take the venting to NoMaas or whatever.

          • Planter

            You’re just mad because you get owned like the bitch you are at NoMaas.

          • trr

            Sounds like you’re venting a bit yourself Robby

  • Hardy

    The AP seems to attribute Wells´ full salary to the Yankees, so the total is not the most relevant payroll number.

  • hornblower

    I really don’t understand. In MLB you pay for past performance. The Yankees have made the playoffs in 18 of the last 19 years. They pay the players who win. It’s the price for success. If they paid for a losing team then there is a problem.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      They’re supposed to sign everyone to day-long contracts. Don’t you understand?

  • Adam

    I know this has probably been asked a million times and I apologize if that’s the case but this thought just came to me… Could they just DFA AROD and either let a team claim him or let him chill in AAA and get his salary off the luxury tax?

    didn’t they do that with Kei Igawa?.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      No team would claim the contract, and ARod’s veteran-ness lets him refuse the assignment.

      Yes they did do it with Igawa. Players with at least 5 years of service time can block it.

      • Adam

        I figured it was something like that… just curious

  • trr

    everything we’ve read and heard says Granderson should be to return @ 100%; if you’ve heard something else, please share

  • trr

    I was there when Horace Clarke played 2B, however I feel I may be a long way from incontinence….He whas become the poster boy for those late ’60’s – early 70s teams I watched as a boy, somewhat unfairly. In truth he was just mediocre.
    When I read some of the posts here bemoaning the current state of the team, I gotta laugh. I’ve seen far, far, far worse. The current team is no powerhouse, and while I’m as disappointed as anyone over the first 2 games, better things lie ahead. Count on it-