Lets face it, year in and year out the New York Yankees have a payroll of over $200 million. Lately, Hal Steinbrenner has vowed to cut the huge spending down. He mentioned that going into last year before eventually pulling the trigger on huge signings like Masahiro Tanaka, Jacoby Ellsbury, and Brian McCann. With many big name free agents already off the market, the Yankees don’t have many guys left to spend the big bucks on. But there are two names, Max Scherzer and James Shields. Will the Yankees swoop in at the last second? Are they waiting for the price to drop on these guys? Lets take a look at what they have done so far.
P Chris Capuano
The Yankees really wanted to bring back P Brandon McCarthy who was stellar after he was traded from the Arizona Diamonbacks but the Yankees felt his price tag of 4 years $48 million was too steep. The Yankees turned to plan B, Chris Capuano. Capuano, who was also acquired last year mid season by the Yankees re-signed with New York for 1 year $5 million. In 12 starts for the Yankees last year, Capuano finished 2-3 with a 4.25 era. He figures to be the fifth starter in the rotation or even long relief should the Yankees go after Scherzer or Shields.
This signing left a lot of Yankee fans scratching their heads. Back in 2012, Headley finished with a .286 31 home runs and 115 RBIs finishing 5th in the NL MVP voting. He has not been close to those numbers since. Yet the Yankees re-signed Headley to a 4 year $52 million deal after a season that saw him hit .243 13 home runs and 49 RBIs. At 30 years old, he’s nearing the end of his prime, which has not been much. It’s also reported he will be the everyday third baseman over returnee Alex Rodriguez. I understand he had been dealing with a hip injury throughout last year which led to some disappointing numbers but pay him that way. Give him a 1 year deal, a prove it deal, and if he delivers than you can pay him what he currently stands to make over the next 4 years.
The Yankees roster is not as stacked as it has been in the past. Don’t be surprised if the Yankees do go after Max Scherzer. The Yankees have trouble hitting him as an opponent and it would be nice to have him on their side.