No Reason To Feel Bad For The Yankees
Posted Tuesday July 2, 2013 at 10:59:16 pm in Real Sports
As a matter of fact, the combined 2013 salaries of the Yankees starting rotation is
- Pettitte: $12 million
- Kuroda: $15 million
- Sabathia: $23 million
- Hughes: $7 million
That rotation alone is $57 million. According to USA Today's MLB team salaries, the Tampa Bay Rays entire roster is ~$58 million:
So, 4 members of the Yankees rotation is pretty much the entire Tampa Bay Rays roster.
But let's dive in to some other active (25 man roster) Yankees salaries:
- Mariano Rivera: $10 million
- Robinson Cano: $15 million
- Ichiro Suzuki: $6.5 million
- Vernon Wells: $21 million ($9.5 million paid by the Angels)
Another ~$53 million (not counting the Angels contribution on Wells).
9 of the 25 active roster Yankees have a combined salary of $100 million. More than the Orioles total team salary ($91 million).
So while the Yankees have Derek Jeter ($17 million), Alex Rodriguez ($28 million), Mark Teixeira ($22.5 million), Curtis Granderson ($15 million) on the DL ($82.5 million total), let's not pretend that the Yankees are fielding a total roster of scrubs. As a matter of fact, the Yankees are fielding a team where people can finally say, "So this is what the Yankees would be like with 2/3 their team salary."
FWIW, even with $82.5 million on the DL, the Yankees roster is still nearly $146 million. Top team salaries for 2013 (using $146 as the active Yankees roster salary):
- Dodgers: $217 million
- Phillies: $165 million
- Red Sox: $151 million
- Tigers: $148 million
- Yankees (adjusted): $146 million
That's right. Even with $82.5 million on the DL, the Yankees are still in the top 5 of team salaries.
So, no, I don't feel bad or sorry for the Yankees. And neither should you.
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