The New York Yankees have encountered yet another busy offseason, as they acquired DJ LeMahieu from the Colorado Rockies earlier this month. LeMahieu was a three-time gold glove winner in his four seasons with the Rockies, serving as their primary second baseman. The team will certainly benefit from having another reliable fielder in the mix, but how does signing a big name affect their payroll?
Nearly every season, the Yankees are in contention for the largest amount spent on player salary. In 2019, the team has an estimated 18 players signed, which will be paid out at approximately $191.7 million. In accordance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), the 2019 threshold is $206 million. Therefore, the Yankees will have just under $15 million to play with before wandering into a luxury tax. Although New York has little problem with spending money to bring in talent, they are neglecting the fact that there are players on the roster without contracts.
The roster’s most expensive players feature Giancarlo Stanton, Masahiro Tanaka, Jacoby Ellsbury and Troy Tulowitzki. There have been trade rumors regarding the status of Ellsbury however no action has taken place. The team acquired Tulowitzki just after the new year, but his contract is only a one-year commitment. Although the signing of Tulowitzki does not seem like a heavy burden, his contract is worth $20 million. If the Yankees are going to plan on making any additional moves, then it will likely be through trades, rather than signing free agents.
A driving factor in the Yankees’ decision to acquire players stems from falling short in the playoffs in back-to-back years. The team possesses the necessary talent to make it to the big dance but have failed to raise the World Series trophy since 2009. In terms of New York Yankee history, it is unacceptable to go an entire decade without a championship. Hal Steinbrenner, part-owner of the team, is well aware of these standards and will inflict a “win at all costs” mentality this season. It should be interesting if the monetary allocation to players will pay dividends for the Yankees in the upcoming season.
Although the Yankees have made the postseason in back-to-back years, they have failed to win the World Series. The goal of the Yankee organization will be to win a championship this season, but at what cost? Keep an eye out on the league’s news to see if the Yankees add to an already pricy roster.