Yankees Notes: Payroll, Lowe, Pettitte

The Yankees are fighting to finish the season atop the American League East as the Orioles' strong play has put them neck-and-neck with the Bombers.  Here's a look at the latest on the Yankees as they take on the Red Sox in Boston..

  • Joel Sherman of the New York Post wouldn't be surprised to see the Yankees abandon their plan to get under the $189MM luxury tax threshold for 2014 if they wind up missing the playoffs.  However, should that happen, Sherman suggests that the Bombers should stay the course as the four other largest payroll teams would all miss the playoffs if they started today.  The Yankees invested $423.5MM in C.C. Sabathia, Mark Teixeira, and A.J. Burnett after missing the playoffs in 2008.
  • Yankees pitcher Derek Lowe said he's not sure if he wants to go forward as a reliever next season, tweets Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.  "I'll sort that out in the offseason," the 39-year-old said.  Lowe had a 5.52 ERA with 3.1 K/9 and 3.4 BB/9 in 21 starts for the Indians this season before being DFA'd on August 2nd.  Back in August, agent Scott Boras admitted that contending clubs probably won't look at his client as a starter when he hits the open market.
  • Andy Pettitte threw a four-inning, 55-pitch simulated game earlier today and insists that he's ready to return to action, writes David Waldstein of the New York Times.  Despite the 40-year-old's confidence, the Yankees aren't yet convinced that he's ready to go.