CLEVELAND — Brian Cashman insists he didn’t want the robust — wholesome — late run by Greg Chook to know that he was the primary baseman not simply now, however shifting ahead.
From the previous, Cashman had not simply Fowl’s 2015 robust cameo whereas filling in for an injured Mark Teixeira and a powerhouse spring coaching this yr, but in addition stories persistently stating that Hen was the most effective hitter in a farm system that additionally contained Aaron Decide and Gary Sanchez.
As for the longer term, Cashman didn’t obfuscate in any respect. He stated, “we’re getting beneath the edge subsequent yr.” Meaning the $197 million luxurious tax line for 2018. Translation: An enormous-ticket merchandise reminiscent of free agent Eric Hosmer won’t be signed when the Yankees pays a participant they’ve such excessive regards for round $600,000 subsequent season.
“Hen is our first baseman shifting ahead,” Cashman advised The Submit. “We haven’t had [offseason] conferences like this, however the exclamation level is we’re getting underneath the edge subsequent yr. Hen is our first baseman shifting ahead as a result of clearly we consider in him and in addition due to the fee management. An important issue is that if Hen is worthy sufficient to be our first baseman and our reply is sure.”
The Yankees have about $113 million dedicated to seven gamers plus the $5.5 million they’ll pay towards Brian McCann’s wage subsequent season. That features Masahiro Tanaka’s contract, although he might choose out however the robust chances are high that he doesn’t.
The Yankees may have about one other $35 million-ish for arbitration eligibles that may embrace Didi Gregorius, Sonny Grey and Aaron Hicks. Every staff shall be charged roughly $14 million in 2018 for gadgets reminiscent of insurance coverage and pension. The 25-man roster needs to be finalized round non-arbitration-eligible gamers corresponding to Aaron Decide, Gary Sanchez and Luis Severino and, sure, Hen. Between that and what have to be budgeted for name-ups in the course of the season, you possibly can add at the very least $10 million extra.
When you additionally put away some dough to make in-season trades, properly, you see there won’t be a heck of plenty of cushion left to signal an enormous-ticket merchandise reminiscent of Hosmer, even when the Yanks determine to commerce a participant akin to Starlin Castro or David Robertson. Some great benefits of avoiding extra ominous penalties than ever earlier than for being a repeat offender for being over the posh tax and re-setting the tax to a decrease degree in anticipation of the starry free agent…