No Reason To Feel Bad For The Yankees

Posted Tuesday July 2, 2013 at 10:59:16 pm in Real Sports

They may be without Derek Jeter, Curtis Granderson, Mark Teixeira, and Alex Rodriguez, but we should not be feeling sorry for the Yankees.

After all, they still have Hiroki Kuroda, Andy Pettitte, Mariano Rivera, C.C. Sabathia, Robinson Cano, Brett Gardner, and Ichiro Suzuki.

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:
http://www.usatoday.com/sports/mlb/salaries/2013/all/team/all/

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.

The opinions expressed herein are my own personal opinions and do not represent my employer’s view