The Yankees agreed to deals with Brian Roberts (one-year, $2M) and Matt Thornton (two years, $7M) today, and, according to Jeff Passan, the team’s internal calculations currently have them sitting on a $178M-ish payroll for next season. That assumes Alex Rodriguez will be suspended for all of 2014. I have them at $188.2M following today’s signings, so there’s a discrepancy but a relatively small one. I had to make a lot of assumptions and I tend to be conservative. Given their still long list of needs (third baseman, starting pitcher, at least one reliever), staying under the $189M luxury tax threshold just isn’t happening without a trade to free up some cash (Brett Gardner? Ichiro Suzuki?). Hooray for that.
Here is tonight’s open thread. The Islanders are the only local pro team in action, so there’s not a whole lot going on. Talk about that games, today’s moves, potential future moves, whatever. Go nuts.