Morning Bits: Girardi, A-Rod, Jeter

Spring training games are almost here.   Let’s get right to the links…..

* Girardi is pleased to bring back his secret team outing.

* A-Rod and Jeter are not taking the bait on Valentine’s jabs.

* Here is a link to the visit from Baseball Tonight to the Yankees spring training camp.

* A-Rod talked with Michael Kay yesterday.  Here is the link for that.

* Here is an article from Bleeding Yankee Blue about Jeter and Valentine.

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Posted on March 1, 2012, in Notes & Links and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. THIS JUST IN – Saw this on HBT:

    Hal Steinbrenner wants the Yankees’ payroll down to $189 million by 2014
    Mar 1, 2012, 1:16 PM EST
    Hal Steinbrenner said today that the Yankees plan to decrease their payroll to below the $189 million luxury tax figure by 2014, which is when the new collective bargaining agreement threshold kicks in.
    Steinbrenner called it “streamlining” the payroll, which is currently at around $210 million.

    If the piece is correct, and there is no reason to believe it isn’t if there was any doubt about the Yankees intentions for the 2014 there shouldn’t be any now. What will be interesting is if the Yankees intend to stay at that $189MM threshold number indefinitely or if it’s just a 1 or 2 year thing to reset the luxury tax percentage and get some money back from MLB as the new CBA calls for.

    • uyf, I just read that myself, I think the years of the big long term contracts are in the past Hal has been watching the Rays compete the last few years down in Tampa. He feels that a good scouting system is the answer in the future. When we talk about contracts like Cano we have to keep 189 million in mind. There appears to be a limit on how much the Yanks will pay for players.

    • Here is a real “way out of the box” suggestion on how the Yankees can get to the $189MM luxury tax threshold for 2014. Before I share it with everyone. I want to say it would never happen but it’s fun to think about.

      At the end of the 2013 season A-Rod will still have 4 years remaining on his contract and be due about $85MM +/-. Since A-Rods contract was front loaded these last 4 years he actually makes less then his AAV that the luxury tax is based on.

      Let’s assume after the 2013 season A-Rod retires (like I said this is a theoretical example) for the 2014 season. After the 2014 season he applies for reinstatement (ala Manny being Manny). The Yankees re-sign him for what is now the 2015 through 2018 seasons (4 years that were left on his previous contract) but 1 year later. The Yankees save $27.5MM AAV of A-Rods salary against the 2014 payroll/luxury tax. They comfortably get within the $189MM luxury tax threshold for the 2014 season.

      And going forward for the 2015 through 2018 seasons that they resigned him for the AAV of his new contract is about $21MM +/- and additional savings of $6MM per season over what it would have been. By 2018 the other big contracts that are currently on the books CC and Tex will have already expired so there is saving there as well.

      Like I said it will never happen but it is fun to let one’s imagination run wild every once in a while.


    Adonis Garcia Drawing Interest
    By Ben Nicholson-Smith [March 1 at 12:48pm CST]

    Cuban player Adonis Garcia has offers from the Yankees and Athletics, according to Jorge Ebro of El Nuevo Herald. The A’s would be willing to offer close to $18MM over six years, while the Yankees would offer $16MM, Ebro writes. Garcia could decide on a team by next week.
    Garcia became a free agent in February and drew interest from a number of teams. The 26-year-old spent this winter with the Magellan Navigators of the Venezuelan League. The Yankees are interested in Garcia as an outfielder, but the Athletics view him as an infielder.

    Does anyone know much about him? Inquiring minds want to know. At least this inquiring mind wants to know.

  3. uyf, What do you think is the max contract for Cano from the Yanks in the future?

    • In my opinion I think the Yankees go with a 5 yr/$100MM deal with a 6th year vesting option or perhaps maybe that 6th year is a team option. I don’t see them going/doing any more then that. I’m using CC’s recent contract as the guideline. He had 4 years remaining and they only added 1 additional year and a vesting option 6th year. Also he was I believe the same age Cano will be when his option year is over.

      I honestly do NOT see the Yankees extending more then 5 or at the most 6 years to any player from this point on. But that’s just my opinion.

  4. uyf, I agree with the years maybe more money. The 189 million cap will limit the big contracts in the future. Cano could get 6/130 with more money paid to him the years after A-Rod and Tex’s contracts are up.

    • Remember MLB calculates a teams luxury tax on the players AAV (average annual value).
      So if the the Yankees sign Cano for 6 years at $140MM. Even though they pay it out say: $15MM, $18MM, $20MM, $20MM, $33MM and $34MM from 2014 through 2019. The Yankees are charged each year from MLB for luxury tax purposes $23.333MM per year. So there is NO benefit per-say to the Yankees to back load the contract.

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