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Brian Cashman on Yankees’ future payroll: “We’re still going to outspend everybody else”

Mar 2, 2012, 2:50 PM EDT

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Hal Steinbrenner made headlines yesterday for saying that the Yankees will get their payroll below $189 million by 2014 despite spending at least $200 million every season since 2007.

Today reporters asked general manager Brian Cashman for his thoughts about that plan and his answer was a good one: “We’re still the Yankees. We’re still going to outspend everybody else. That’s not going to change.

And he’s right, because even if player salaries continue to rise $189 million in 2014 may still be the highest payroll in baseball. Last year the Yankees spent $203 million, the Phillies were second at $173 million, and the Red Sox were third at $161 million.

On the other hand, while the Yankees will probably still lead MLB in spending their advantage will shrink. This season’s payroll is projected to be around $210 million and the Yankees already have $75 million committed to just four players (Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, CC Sabathia) in 2014. They won’t stop being the top-spenders, but the days of the Yankees out-spending everyone else by $30-$50 million may be short-lived.

Assuming, of course, that Steinbrenner is as committed to getting under the upcoming luxury tax threshold as he claims.

  1. stex52 - Mar 2, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    In other news, the sun is expected to come up tomorrow.

    • dmobin - Mar 2, 2012 at 5:25 PM

      “The sun will rise, the sun will set, and I’ll have lunch” – Lou Gorman

  2. yankeesfanlen - Mar 2, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    That’s the spirit,Brian……….and if you need a few extra bucks, call Hank and Randy in.

  3. shaggytoodle - Mar 2, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    They should be worried more about winning more than everybody else, not outspending everyone.

    • Ari Collins - Mar 2, 2012 at 3:18 PM

      Good thing those are totally unrelated.

    • bigharold - Mar 2, 2012 at 3:24 PM

      They do win more than everybody else, .. haven’t you been paying attention. They just don’t win EVERY year.

      • shaggytoodle - Mar 2, 2012 at 3:39 PM

        They have won what 5 or so championships since 1980, While I am sure that is more than anyone else, thats like a billion dollars a championship.

      • bigharold - Mar 2, 2012 at 4:01 PM

        By that logic any team that hasn’t won a WS has completely wasted their salaries. They might as well have taken all that salary money, .. put it in a big pile and set it on fire.

        The only team with three WS since 1980 are the Cards, and there are 5 teams with two WS. They aren’t spending as much but they are getting less ROI too.

        At a minimum the Yankees are getting their money’s worth.

      • shaggytoodle - Mar 2, 2012 at 4:27 PM

        Other teams have been wasting money but nobody wastes it like the yankees I would love to see what a mid market team could do with 2 billion a decade.

      • dmobin - Mar 2, 2012 at 5:27 PM

        They spend a bunch, but also take in more revenue than any other team. At least teams like the Yankees, Sox, Cards, Phils spend. There are MLB teams that make pretty good revenue and don’t spend anything on improving.

      • bigharold - Mar 2, 2012 at 7:12 PM

        “I would love to see what a mid market team could do with 2 billion a decade.”

        You mean like the Mets, .. or the Cubs, .. or the Orioles, or the Dodgers, or the Astros or the Rangers?

  4. randygnyc - Mar 2, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    Yeah, they’re STILL the winningest team in sports history. Sky blue, water wet, the yankeeees win, the yankeeeeees win!!!

  5. randygnyc - Mar 2, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    Shaggy, you can also say 5 in the last 15 years. An average of one world series title every 3 years.

    • lessick - Mar 2, 2012 at 3:52 PM

      Yeah, if you pick your years correctly. You could also say once in the last 11 years which is third behind Boston and St. Louis. I could also argue that the four they won in the 1990s were a direct result of Steinbrenner’s suspension. Without his meddling, the team acquired and later developed a core group of home grown players that was among the best of all time.

      • bigharold - Mar 2, 2012 at 4:05 PM

        So what? By that logic, if you picked the right year with a team like the RS you could say one every 44 years or so too.

      • lessick - Mar 3, 2012 at 8:36 AM

        Exactly my point… in 11 years is as misleading as five in the last 15. With the Red Sox, you can say two in 96 years or two in the last eight years. If you pick your years carefully, you can skew the stats.

        The original arguments were about spending and its correlation to winning titles. There is a correlation, but it’s not absolute.There was a year in the late 1990s when the Orioles and Dodgers had the highest payrolls in each league and neither made the playoffs.

        In the free agency era, the Yankees have won seven titles. That sounds like it means that spending works, but I could argue that money played a huge role in the 1977, 1978 and 2009 titles, but that the four they won in the 1990s was more a result of a good farm system.

  6. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Mar 2, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    You guys seriously love pictures of Cashman from that particular press conference. This photo, which looks like he’s saying “And then for some reason the other teams THINK they have a chance at us”, and the awesome “Woe is me!” photo.

  7. markcycy - Mar 2, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    Holy shit Cashman might actually have to work.

    • bigharold - Mar 2, 2012 at 7:14 PM

      Holy, … the Yankee farm system is pretty well stocked. He’s made trades like Swisher, Granderson and now Pineda. I think he’s working pretty hard.

      • Ari Collins - Mar 2, 2012 at 7:29 PM

        It’s actually not that stocked anymore after trading Montero. More like an average farm system.

        But obviously you’d rather have an average farm system and Pineda than a well-stocked one. So yeah, agreed: he’s working pretty hard. Has had a great offseason so far.

  8. drewzducks - Mar 2, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    Does the 200M include the dough he uses to pay off his mistresses?

  9. realgone2 - Mar 3, 2012 at 8:48 AM

    Which makes it even funnier every year they get bounced from the playoffs

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