Thursday, December 3, 2009

How much will Yankees spend for 2010?

The Yankee brass is meeting in Tampa today and tomorrow to discuss ways to improve the team. The key question: how much are they willing to spend on a team that just won the World Series?

The Yankee payroll is destined to again be above the $200 million mark despite Brian Cashman's stated desire to reduce it and the decision not to offer arbitration to any of their free agents in service of that goal. According to the New York Post, they have about $45 million coming off the payroll, but at least $15 million in raises due to players under contract.

Re-signing some of their free agents is going to cost them additional millions. Andy Pettitte, for example, may ask for more than the $10.5 million he earned this year, given that he was a key factor for the team's playoff success and his lingering bad feelings over his incentive-laden contract. And it's hard to believe they would let a player like Roy "Doc" Halladay pass them by without pouncing simply because he's going to want an expensive extension.

Apparently not on the agenda is a contract extension for Yankee manager Joe Girardi. Typically, a manager going into the final year of his contract is given an extension just to avoid lame-duck status. But with nobody suggesting Girardi's job is in any danger after winning the World Series, the Yankees seem content to wait. I don't have a problem with that, especially considering that the Yankees make their players wait for extensions or new deals.

Maybe Girardi should ask what the Jets pay since he's already done some coaching for them. The Jets could use all the help they can get.

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