Are the Yankees going to get under $189M or just forget about it?
I think that they could possibly get under and still spend money to field a very competitive championship caliber team next season. Robinson Cano has to be resigned, that is the first goal. I think he will get 7-8 years in the 180-200 million range. I think the Yankees will upgrade their catcher position by signing Brian McCann. They really got nothing offensively out of the position and they need to look for an upgrade there, McCann is a lefty that fits well with Yankee Stadium and he is a tough hard-nosed guy, which the Yankees like.
I think Tanaka, the pitcher from Japan, will probably go to the Yankees. They can outbid everyone with the posting fee since it won’t count against the 189 and then sign him to around a 10 million a year deal.
They are losing Andy Pettitte to retirement and he was making 12 million so they are saving there. Mariano Rivera is retiring so his money is saved; Derek Jeter is going to get 50 percent less this year. The Yankees also will most likely be saving a year of Arod as he is expected to get suspended for at least the year. Curtis Granderson could come back but he would have to accept the 1 yr 14 million qualifying offer and if he doesn’t the Yankees may be looking at Carlos Beltran.
I could see the Yankees also back loading a Cano contract to help them out this year. The Yankees also will be losing Joba Chamberlain and Phil Hughes, which saves some more money. They do have Alfonso Soriano, Ichiro Suzuki and Vernon Wells back but they aren’t paying much for those guys. Soriano and Wells previous teams are paying the bulk of their salaries. I see the Yankees making big moves and still being under the 189, which would be a win-win for them. It should be a very interesting off-season and it is just about to begin when the World Series ends. Everyone will await the Arod saga, which will resume in November, and then the free agency frenzy will also begin.