Thursday, February 9, 2017
Hal Steinbrenner did not intend to expand payroll again this offseason after the Yankees secured Aroldis Chapman and Matt Holliday at the Winter Meetings.
Money to allocate elsewhere would have to be moved off the payroll by trading Brett Gardner, Chase Headley, Starlin Castro or Michael Pineda.
But as free-agent prices began to fall precipitously in recent weeks, on relievers and sluggers in particular, Brian Cashman asked if Steinbrenner would consider expanding the budget a bit to capitalize on sudden bargains. The Yankees owner agreed to allow one more signing in the $3 million to $4 million range.
That left the Yankees short on two lefties they liked: Boone Logan (who got $5.5 million from the Indians) and especially Jerry Blevins (who agreed at $6.5 million with the Mets). The next level of reliever, a group that included Sergio Romo (who got $3 million from the Dodgers), did not entice the Yankees quite as much.
Is it crazy that Boone Logan got almost twice as much as Chris Carter?