Yankees Reducing Payroll?

While my first instinct when I saw this was, “So we are not going to be getting any FA’s?” While many fans may think this, that is not entirely the case.

While the Yankees have been despised for spending loads of many on big name players such as Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, C.C. Sabathia and A.J. Burnett, they have set their budget for the 2010 campaign. The Yankees ended their final day of organizational meetings in Tampa, FL on Friday, December 4th.

While the budget is smaller than last years spending spree, GM Brian Cashman has said that rotation help is in the plan for this off-season.

As a fan, this is still good news, whether it’s a trade to land a pitcher (Roy Halladay) or signing a Free Agent starter. While we’re on the topic here the Free Agent starters out there.

Brandon Backe (32)
Cha Seung Baek (30)
Miguel Batista (39)
Erik Bedard (31) – Type B, not offered arb
Kris Benson (34)
Paul Byrd (39)
Daniel Cabrera (29)
Aroldis Chapman (22)
Bartolo Colon (37)
Jose Contreras (38)
Doug Davis (34) – Type B, not offered arb
Lenny DiNardo (30)
Justin Duchscherer (32) – Type B, offered arb
Adam Eaton (32)
Shawn Estes (37)
Josh Fogg (33)
Jon Garland (30) – Type B, not offered arb
Tom Glavine (44)
Mike Hampton (37)
Rich Harden (28) – Type B, not offered arb
Mark Hendrickson (36)
Livan Hernandez (35)
Rich Hill (30)
Shawn Hill (29)
Jason Jennings (31)
Jason Johnson (36)
Randy Johnson (46) – Type B, not offered arb
John Lackey (31) – Type A, offered arb
Braden Looper (35) – Type B, not offered arb
Rodrigo Lopez (34)
Noah Lowry (29)
Jason Marquis (31) – Type B, offered arb
Pedro Martinez (38)
Eric Milton (34)
Mark Mulder (32)
Brett Myers (29)
Vicente Padilla (32) – Type B, not offered arb
Carl Pavano (34) – Type B, offered arb
Brad Penny (32)
Odalis Perez (33)
Andy Pettitte (38) – Type B, not offered arb
Joel Pineiro (31) – Type B, offered arb
Sidney Ponson (33)
Mark Prior (28)
Horacio Ramirez (30)
Jason Schmidt (37)
Ben Sheets (31)
John Smoltz (43)
Brett Tomko (37)
Jarrod Washburn (35)
Todd Wellemeyer (31)
Kip Wells (33)
Randy Wolf (33) – Type A, not offered arb 

The Yankees also said that they will look for a LF also. Some more encouraging news as a Yankee fan. Listed are the Free Agent outfielders listed by LF, CF, and RF.

Left fielders
Garret Anderson (38) – Type B, not offered arb
Marlon Anderson (36)
Jason Bay (31) – Type A, offered arb
Emil Brown (35)
Marlon Byrd (32) – Type B, offered arb
Johnny Damon (36) – Type A, not offered arb
David Dellucci (36)
Cliff Floyd (37)
Joey Gathright (28)
Matt Holliday (30) – Type A, offered arb
Reed Johnson (33)
Laynce Nix (29)
Greg Norton (37)
Wily Mo Pena (28)
Dave Roberts (38)
Gary Sheffield (41)
Fernando Tatis (35) – Type B, not offered arb
Marcus Thames (33)
Randy Winn (36) – Type B, not offered arb

Center fielders
Rick Ankiel (30)
Rocco Baldelli (28)
Marlon Byrd (32) – Type B, offered arb
Mike Cameron (37) – Type B, not offered arb
Endy Chavez (32)
Coco Crisp (30)
Darin Erstad (36)
Jeff Fiorentino (27)
Ryan Freel (34)
Joey Gathright (28)
Jerry Hairston Jr. (34)
Reed Johnson (33)
Corey Patterson (30)
Scott Podsednik (34)

Right fielders
Jermaine Dye (36) – Type A, not offered arb
Brian Giles (39) – Type B, not offered arb
Vladimir Guerrero (35) – Type B, not offered arb
Joey Gathright (28)
Eric Hinske (32)
Geoff Jenkins (35)
Austin Kearns (30)
Jason Michaels (34)
Xavier Nady (31) – Type B, not offered arb
Randy Winn (36) – Type B, not offered arb

Even though the Yankees have announced a payroll decrease, that doesn’t mean they won’t go after any players this winter.

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2 comments

  1. mickey536

    Give Jackson the starting spot in CF or LF right out of spring training and dare him to lose it in the first 5 or 6 weeks of the season. It worked with Robinsion Cano. And ir Swisher can claim LF as his with 126 whiffs, and a .245 BA, then why not Jackson with 126 whiffs and maybe .300?
    Put package together to offer for Halladay. Not Hughes, who should start next year, and not Chamberlain, who most everyone knows belongs in the set-up role and the heir apparent to Mo when the time comes. The package offered should be realistic, but not crippling to the future, and should be a take-it-or-leave-it offer. Halladay would obviously be a great addition, but not essential to win in 2010. Not for too high a cost anyway. Not many teams can afford to go after him, so why bid against ourselves, so to speak.

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