The move came on the same day that seven-time All-Star catcher
Anyone who thought the Yankees would take missing the playoffs lightly were sorely mistaken. Same goes for anyone who thought the team was done with its free-spending ways.
Although the Yankees have said they want to be under the $189-million luxury tax threshold (which includes about $177 million for salaries for the 40-man roster and approximately $12 million for benefits) next season, the latest moves means they have 10 players worth about $138 million in luxury tax payroll.
Seems like it would be pretty tough to complete a championship team with $39 million left for 30 spots. Especially when that team is still in negotiations to keep free agent second baseman,
The Yankees are also reported to be in hot pursuit of other free agents, such as shortstop
All of which likely means: hello again, luxury tax!
And if the Yankees can afford it (and when haven't they been able to?), well then, good for them.
It's certainly good for guys like Ellsbury and McCann.