Despite being given at least a temporary reprieve from nearly $24 million worth of Alex Rodriquez’ 2014 AAV, the Yankees still have very little hope of compiling a payroll below the luxury tax threshold of $189 million. Below is a snapshot of the team’s current payroll with basic assumptions made for four arbitration-eligible players.
Yankees 2014 Financial Obligations (Best Case Analysis)
Note: See here for explanation of contract assumptions. Alfonso Soriano’s AAV is offset by payments made by the Cubs. Money owed to Arod is for off days. Doesn’t not include potential bonuses.
Source: Cots Contracts for salaries, MLBTR for base arbitration estimates.