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Current Projected

Look what people have to say about the RLYW!

CAIRO just takes the Marcels and changes the underlying assumptions and components in a bunch of ways that make the Yankees look better.

Wow, two stupid posts in one day. I think you’ve reached your yearly quota.

I don’t know if any of you current posters were around for that, but if so, I just can’t understand how you can call yourselves Yankee fans. Pathetic quitters is what you sounded like. Of the lame posts I could stand to read, the only person who had any confidence in the Yankees at that point was a (yeesh) Red Sox fan.
Jeter is King

Quite the attitude you have SG. Maybe you should shitcan this blog and join Steve at WasWatching? Or follow some other stupid team that has made the PS 15 of the last 17 years. Jeez… and some people think Yankee fans are entitled.

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Thursday, January 25, 2018 Yanks could still make big free-agent move

We know the Yankees want to keep their 2018 payroll below $197 million, in order to reset their luxury-tax obligations. They’re currently looking at both pitchers and position players, one source said, shopping opportunistically for value, more so than need.

At the moment, the Yankees’ payroll commitments add up to roughly $162 million, according to Cot’s Baseball Contracts.

By that calculation, one might conclude that general manager Brian Cashman has $35 million left to spend.

That’s not accurate.

Instead, sources say the Yankees’ tentative plan allows for another $15 million in spending this offseason—unless Cashman frees up additional payroll by trading reliever David Robertson or outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury.

Here’s why: Under baseball’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, the payroll calculation for the Competitive Balance Tax includes benefits, insurance and performance bonuses paid to players on the Major League roster. For the Yankees, that figure could be at least $10 million in 2018.

Moreover, the Yankees want to allocate another $10 million to spend at the non-waiver Trade Deadline and on callups during the season.

That leaves $15 million.

I never understand the luxury tax math used by reporters, because it seems like each guy has their own take on how much cap room that the Yankees actually have. Morosi makes sense here with his math, but maybe he’s missing something, too?

In any event. if the Yankees have $15 million to spend, then I imagine we’ll see them wait until the very end of free agency, to see if guys get desperate. $15 million, though, isn’t getting you Darvish. It might get you Cobb, but is Cobb even much of an upgrade over Jordan Montgomery? $15 million would be more than enough to get you Todd Frazier or Neil Walker, but I imagine it is the years and not the money that is the issue with Frazier.

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