Mariners Could Be Nearing Payroll Limit

Mariners officials are signaling to agents and others in the industry that they could be nearing their payroll limit, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. Rosenthal opines that, if true, this makes the decision to spent the majority of their available funds on Robinson Cano shows that there was no plan in place for the Mariners.

Rosenthal adds that the Mariners could make exceptions "for the right player" and are continuing to discuss David Price with the Rays. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports noted in yesterday's 10 Degrees column that the M's are softening on their stance that righty Taijuan Walker is off limits.

Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik appeared on MLB Network's Hot Stove this morning and addressed the issue directly when asked by Rosenthal:

"We're at a point where I think we are trying to do a few more things. I'm not sure that anything is going to be a huge splash. We have some options out there that we can either make a trade or could add another piece to it. I think that if we go for another large deal, that obviously is going to have to go above my head. And at this moment we are where we are, and we're trying to make things work with what we have."

In addition to Cano, the Mariners have also added Corey Hart on a one-year deal, re-signed Franklin Gutierrez and acquired Logan Morrison from the Marlins in exchange for Carter Capps. However, the addition of Cano and Hart certainly wouldn't seem to be enough to fix a team that finished 12th in the American League with 624 runs scored.

The Mariners have been linked to big-name free agents such as Nelson Cruz, Shin-Soo Choo and Kendrys Morales, but each of those players figure to command a sizable payday that now could be beyond Seattle's financial capabilities.

125 Responses to Mariners Could Be Nearing Payroll Limit Leave a Reply

  1. Bleed_Orange 2 years ago

    The Mariners should trade for Chris Davis, he is cheep, 2 years of control, and the O’s have done well in the past in trades with them :)

    • Brandon Mason 2 years ago

      and why would the O’s trade Davis.?

      • Bleed_Orange 2 years ago

        Scott Boras client who won’t be retained. Value may never be higher then right now. Last year may have been a flash in the pan. O’s most likely don’t have the players to make a serious run at the world series. O’s have always said they want to use the Ray’s as a model for building their team, trading cost controlled stars has worked out pretty well for Tampa thus far. Just a few reasons that come to my mind why the thought of trading Davis could make sense.

        • Brandon Mason 2 years ago

          Though you make some good points, I still don’t think the O’s would trade him.

          • Bleed_Orange 2 years ago

            I don’t think he will be traded either, but it’s fun to think about the return that he could bring.

          • vtadave 2 years ago

            Probably start with Walker and Franklin and go up from there.

          • Bleed_Orange 2 years ago

            I was thinking Walker, Smoke, Akley (sp?), and 1 or 2 lower level guys. I don’t think any team gets Walker and Franklin

          • Seamaholic 2 years ago

            Franklin’s really not worth that much. Check out his fWAR and defensive stats. M’s will end up giving him away for a prospect or maybe pitching depth.

          • gmarkf 2 years ago

            Franklin has about 4 months big league experience. I’d wait a while before saying he’s not worth that much.

    • Ryan Graywacz 2 years ago

      I don’t think the Orioles would trade the AL home run leader when they’re on the brink of being a competitor year in and year out.

    • Robert Mango 2 years ago

      I think every other team in baseball should trade for him for that exact reason. Which means the O’s probably wouldn’t trade him….

  2. Magorphenger 2 years ago

    As shame this is even being reported as “news”

  3. Brandon Mason 2 years ago

    Cano will have to carry the team on his back. Which still won’t be enough

    • Jason Alcantara 2 years ago

      i dont think the will pich to cano

      • Brandon Mason 2 years ago

        Yeah they will because no one will be on base for him to drive in anyways.

        • Tim Bowers 2 years ago

          Brad Miller, Kyle Seager, and Corey Hart bat 1-3, let’s say.

          He doesn’t have runs to drive in there?

          • Brandon Mason 2 years ago

            Just because they bat in front of him doesn’t mean they’ll always be on base for Cano to drive them in.

          • alphabet_soup5 2 years ago

            Those 3 hitters project for .331 wOBA collectively in 2014. Hitters around that range from 2012-2013: Jon Jay, CoCo Crisp, A.J. Pierzynski, Anthony Rizzo, etc.

            Decent but nothing to write about. Cano had a .384 wOBA last season, the last time a Mariner had an wOBA over .384 was Richie Seckson(mods) in 2005.

  4. skrockij89 2 years ago

    Rosenthal is a tool. He’s always bashing the M’s.

    • Danski 2 years ago

      He’s still mad his Yank’s didn’t keep Cono

    • MadmanTX 2 years ago

      Irrelevant if the story is true and the M’s only big move is to sign Cano. The Rangers made the same mistake when they splurged on A-Rod and this Cano signing is likely to work out just as well.

      • skrockij89 2 years ago

        They only had 38 million committed before the cano signing. They haven’t passed last years payroll yet and mentioned to spend more than last year. Last time I checked there are two months left in the offseason. The M’s will make a few more moves before spring training.

      • jjs91 2 years ago

        The rangers didn’t have a top system when they signed arod. Went out and overpaid for Park, and couldn’t develop any pitchers to help the team.

        • Magorphenger 2 years ago

          And now look how bad they are…

          • MikeTroutForMayor 2 years ago

            I have wondered where the Rangers would be these days if they had never made that Mark Teixeira trade with Atlanta. Seemed to be the turning point. Like the Garza trade for the Rays.

          • jjs91 2 years ago

            I’m not sure what now has to do with a signing that took place way before. But okay.

      • alphabet_soup5 2 years ago

        We’re talking about 2014, not 2001. $25m in 2001 was way more than it is today.

        • Daniel Franklin 2 years ago

          Out of curiosity, are 73 wins worth more in 2001 than they are in 2014?? Obviously, it appears that you missed the point. The point wasn’t that the Rangers spent $25M/year on A-Rod, but rather that they didn’t spend anything else on supporting pieces.

          • alphabet_soup5 2 years ago

            A-Rod was 23.91% of the Rangers 2001 payroll, Cano is (so far) 35.14% of the Mariners 2014 payroll, so they should spend much more. If they choose not to build around Cano then they deserve to lose.

          • Daniel Franklin 2 years ago

            The majority of the Rangers payroll was already on the books. Prior to the A-Rod signing, they inked Caminiti, Galarraga, Petkovsek for a total of $11M; I wouldn’t exactly call building around him. Ruben Sierra was by far their best pick up other than A-Rod, and that was only a 1 year deal.

    • primi_timpano 2 years ago

      Lots to bash.

  5. AmericanMovieFan 2 years ago

    Enjoy being wealthy but irrelevant, Cano. Could’ve been slightly less wealthy but relevant in NY, but whatever. Yes, I’m being a bitter Yankees fan.

    • BobMarley22 2 years ago

      If you compare Seattle and New York team, one team isn’t much better than another. Wouldn’t you go to the team that is paying the most money. Cano will hardly be irrelevant.

      • Pete Harnisch 2 years ago

        The Yankees are way better than the Mariners. Last season, the Yanks were 4 games above .500 in the toughest division in baseball while the Mariners were 10 games below .500. Historically, the Yankees have won 27 world series and the mariners have won ZERO. Cano will be irrelevant in Seattle.

        • CrustyJuggler 2 years ago

          The Ms were actually 10 games under .500… not 20. Can’t fault you, I guess. Not many NY fans pay attention to anything that happens outside of the AL East.

          • Pete Harnisch 2 years ago

            Fault my math skills, crusty

          • drwheelock 2 years ago

            That’s why it’s soooo encouraging when we’ve seen so many NY fans paying attention to Seattle and what they do or don’t do!

        • alphabet_soup5 2 years ago

          Let it sink in that the Royals won more games than the Yankees last year. The Kansas City Royals. Maybe Cano wanted to jump off the sinking ship.

          • Pete Harnisch 2 years ago

            One year missing the playoffs and it is a sinking ship? I don’t think so.

          • alphabet_soup5 2 years ago

            There’s a big difference between making the playoffs and winning a ring. The Yankees have a nice history, but have 1 ring since the 2001 season.

          • Pete Harnisch 2 years ago

            And the M’s/royals have zero rings since 2001.

          • alphabet_soup5 2 years ago

            True; but as of today I wouldn’t say the Yankees are ‘way better’ than the Mariners. Jacoby Ellsbury is projected to be the Yankees 3rd best hitter, which is kind of sad.

          • Pete Harnisch 2 years ago

            The Yankees are better than the Mariners today. As an organization, looking at history, the Yankees are a “way” better organization.

            Having a career .300 hitter as your third best is not “sad” in my humble opinion.

        • Taylor Hope 2 years ago

          The 27 to 0 argument is a little bit slanted since the Yankees have been around 76 more years or whatever and have consistently had a much higher payroll than the M’s each year. Not saying the M’s have been a stellar franchise but c’mon.

          EDIT: clarification

          • Pete Harnisch 2 years ago

            Well, since the M’s have been in existence, the Yankees have won 7 WS Championships. Again, the M’s have won 0 WS championships.

          • Doug51 2 years ago

            You mean, the Yankees have bought 5 WS and won two, don’t you? Last legit one was ’78. All the ones since then were about money.

          • Pete Harnisch 2 years ago

            No, I don’t mean that! Spending money doesn’t guarantee championships. The Yankees drafted and developed the core 4…one may say that the recent championships were more about scouting, drafting and developing talent, and less about the money.

            I understand that NY is the largest market and the Yankees spend the most money. However, there are two baseball teams in NY. How come the Mets haven’t spent as much as the Yankees? How come the Mets haven’t won since 1986? Boston spent almost as much as the Yankees and didn’t win for the longest time.

            Nonetheless, my original point was that the Yankees are a better organization, whether they spent more money or not – they have the rings.

          • Doug51 2 years ago

            Spending money does not guaranatee a championship, correct, however, statistical regressional analysis proves that money and playoff chances go hand in hand (despite those pesky A’s and Rays being so darn good at what they do).

            The only year during the “core” years that the Yankees didn;t win? 1997, when they were beaten by the O’s (also the only year during the core run where the Yankees were beaten in payroll, not coincidentally), who were then in turn beaten by the ultimate travesty to buying a WS, Wayne Huizenga’s Marlins of 1997.

            And how are they better? I thought you originally meant they were better now, which is an argument that could go either way, now that we have Cano. However, why does their history matter at all, really? Does anyone outside of Yankee fans actually care about their 27 championships? Seattle won 116 games in 2001, but no one outside of Seattle cares about that because it was in the past, and isn’t relevant anymore.

          • Pete Harnisch 2 years ago

            I think the Yankees are better than the Mariners , even with Cano on the Mariners. We can compare numbers and projections all we want right now, but I’d put money on the Yanks winning more games than the M’s in 2014.

            And the history of a franchise does matter (to me) when you bring up Cano’s “relevancy”. As a fan of the game, I think he’s more relevant on a team with a storied history, a team that is committed to winning (past and present). Now if the M’s win their first WS w/ Cano maybe that makes him more relevant, but I doubt it.

          • JTT11 2 years ago

            Last time i checked, you don’t get a ring for winning 116 games.

          • Taylor Hope 2 years ago

            Yes, and in this argument you address the years but don’t address the payroll which is still a very huge issue. The Yankees SHOULD win 7 WS Championships for every 1 that the M’s do from this point on, if not more.

    • monroe_says 2 years ago

      The sad thing about Cano is that he would have actually made *more* money in New York for the next 7 years, as the Yankees reportedly were willing to go 7/175. Apparently Robinson didn’t have enough faith in his abilities to make up some of the overall 65 million dollar difference in his age 38-40 seasons … but at least, he’ll have Octobers off in Seattle. So he’s got that going for him.

      • John Kreese 2 years ago

        How could he have made more money? His $240 mil will go a heck of a lot farther in Seattle (tax wise) than NY’s low ball offer ever could.

        • monroe_says 2 years ago

          The AAV in NY was more. For the next 7 years at the reported 175 million, he would have been paid more in NY. True enough about the taxes, but it seems the players measure their egos about how much they’re paid, not how much they pay in taxes or what the cost of living in. Personally, I wouldn’t call the NY offer a lowball one. It was prudent and they’re better off not adding another ridiculous contract to their already bloated books.

          • alphabet_soup5 2 years ago

            I believe he offered the Yankees a 225m deal with their pick of 8, 9, or 10 years. If they scoffed at that, I don’t blame him for leaving NY after seeing A-Rod, Tex, and even Jeter lose relevancy in the city.

        • goat 2 years ago

          Problem with your theory is that he would make up the diffrence in endorsements in New York, get paid as much as in Seattle and be on a 3 year shorter contract.

          • John Kreese 2 years ago

            Cano & Jay-Z must not have thought that to be true or they would have taken a Yankee offer. Believe it or not, a lot of players aren’t worried about their “legacy” & want the guaranteed financial comfort.

          • Pete Harnisch 2 years ago

            I’m pretty sure $170 million would guarantee financial comfort.

          • alphabet_soup5 2 years ago

            Imagine that someone offers you $170m for 10 years, and someone else offers you $240m for 10 years, for the same job.

          • Pete Harnisch 2 years ago

            Like Cano, I would take the extra $. My point was, to say $170 million wouldn’t guarantee financial comfort is a JOKE.

          • alphabet_soup5 2 years ago

            You say 3-year shorter contract like it’s a good thing. I know in 2017 A-Rod should not be seeing MLB time, but he will thanks to that contract. Same for Pujols in 2021, and Cano in 2023.

            Cano knows in his heart that he’s not a godly hitter like A-Rod or Pujols, and he won’t be nearly as valuable if he hit the market after 7 seasons.

    • alphabet_soup5 2 years ago

      To be an MLB player at all makes someone at least slightly relevant, there are only 750 active players on Earth if using 25-man rosters.

  6. maqman 2 years ago

    They are under the $95M they budgeted for payroll last year, but did not spend. They said there would be an increase this year. If not then they lied. They need more than what they have so far, but not at the cost of Walker.

  7. GoFish 2 years ago

    You mean giving a 31-year old a 10-year, $240 mi. contract with no lineup support showed that there was no plan in place? Gee, I had no idea Ken.

  8. Robert Mango 2 years ago

    If this is true, that cano signing should have their GM fired….really, you entire budget was spent on 1 player when you were a last place team? And couldn’t hit, so you added 1 bat, and sitll have at least 6 other positions that couldn’t hit the ball of a tee last year? Who’s playing 1B? or SS? Or all three OFs? Or C? Corey Hart and Logan Morrison aren’t exact names that strike fear into opposing pitchers. Nor are Smoak and Montero.

    • MadmanTX 2 years ago

      Ownership has to take most of the blame if they approved/instigated the signing. I expect my prediction that Cano will be traded with a huge chunk of his remaining salary paid by the M’s in 3-4 years. Maybe less.

    • Rook 2 years ago

      You can’t put the Cano contract on the GM. The owner approved it. If he knew he was going to pull the plug on spending, it’s his fault for giving the okay to get Cano.

  9. gobs05 2 years ago

    So how did we go from 100+mil in payroll possibly to a flat 80? I just don’t get it. Yesterday there was talk if Santana and Cruz, today, pinching pennies?

    • Patrick Beliveau 2 years ago

      they are at about 95 mil right now with all the signings… but thats still well off the 117 peak they had in 2008… and now they are owned by Nintendo… this is most likely just posturing. Why? Who knows… its the Mariners…

  10. Rook 2 years ago

    I think the M’s need to sign Garza and hold on to Walker.

  11. K.K. Kilmister 2 years ago

    Steve, the last sentence of the first paragraph needs to be rewritten. Take your time in writing and proofreading. If it means a click or two for ads are missed, concentrate on quality instead.

    “Rosenthal opines that, if true, this makes the decision to spent the majority of their available funds on Robinson Cano shows that there was no plan in place for the Mariners.”

  12. John Kreese 2 years ago

    “I’m not sure that anything is going to be a huge splash.”

    A huge splash is pretty subjective. With the market for guys line Choo & Cruz not developing fully yet & pitchers like Santana, Ubaldo, etc out there who knows what will happen. The M’s still have some pieces (Franklin, Ackley, Smoak) that teams could want so a trade is always a possibility too.

  13. Pei Kang 2 years ago

    The Ms might as well bite the bullet on Price, why else go after Cano? Or they should sign another hitter to support Cano. A second tier guy like Cruz, or someone similar.

  14. RealisticMariner 2 years ago

    Good M’s should not sign any of the FA’s left on the market. All are overrated and overpriced. They should trade for a player like Colby Rasmus and a #3 starter. And of course acquire some bullpen help somewhere. Then they can cross their fingers and hope for a 3rd place finish

    • Mr Pike 2 years ago

      Bullseye! Let it percolate for a season. Don’t panic and sign overrated free agents. Don’t trade away the future for a two year Price rental. Let’s see what those talented but inexperienced guys have this season and then move accordingly. Patience my friends.If the right deal or signing comes along, take it, otherwise stand pat.

    • alphabet_soup5 2 years ago

      Isn’t their OF pretty full with Hart/Ackley/Morrison/Guti/Saunders?

      • RealisticMariner 2 years ago

        If you call that an outfield. If you are going poor defensively the returns should be good offensively. Not poor on D and O.

  15. Danski 2 years ago

    Z is not going to show his hand, Rosenthal doesn’t like that someone else reported Cono’s signing before he did and he’s head over heals in love with the Yankee’s. Mariners will do much more this Winter IMO. GO HAWKS!!!!!

  16. macdice 2 years ago

    Just GM talk. Try to create the illusion that they don’t have any more money to spend to try and drive the price down.

  17. GoFish 2 years ago

    The Mariners didn’t learn from their division rivals, the Angels. Giving contracts out for that length to someone over 30 will kill them sooner than later. They might only get three years of solid productivity from him before it all goes south. Yankee Stadium isn’t there to pad some of his numbers anymore. That no-trade clause means they’ll be stuck with him for the sour years of the contract. Either that, or nobody will want him.

    See: Pujols, Albert; Hamilton, Josh

    • alphabet_soup5 2 years ago

      The contract will be a sunk cost but it probably won’t kill them…the Yankees are just fine with A-Rod making 20m+ for the next four seasons.

      • etplante 2 years ago

        Are you seriously comparing the Ms to the Yankees? New York’s payroll was close to triple that of Seattle last year so yeah they can more easily afford an albatross like Arod.

        • $3513744 2 years ago

          i think his important point is about it sinking a franchise. it’s kind of a legitimate point too because we all keep saying that it will someday kill the franchise. but honestly look back to all the bad contracts out there. how many of those franchises got killed?

  18. wwbaker3 2 years ago

    SPEND. The team has regional sports network dollars rolling in, play in a taxpayers-funded palace, and still operating with an early 2000s payroll. Not my money. Spend!

    • Patrick Beliveau 2 years ago

      They are also owned by Nintendo, and are currently about 25 million shy of their peak budget from 2008… they arent done, and this is probably being released to drive down the price on some guys .

      • wwbaker3 2 years ago

        That may be the negotiation tactic. That said, these are the Mariners with the broken business model. I wouldn’t be surprised that they’re done with the Cano PR afterglow.

  19. Ron Loreski 2 years ago

    Already handcuffed by Cano…hahahah I love it

  20. harmony55 2 years ago

    Ken Rosenthal apparently would prefer a costly long-term contract for 33-year-old outfielder Nelson Cruz, whom Steamer projects at 1.6 WAR and Oliver at 2.6 WAR next season, to a one-year, $6 million (plus incerntives) contract for 31-year-old Corey Hart, who is projected at 2.2 and 1.5 WAR.
    I am embarrassed for Ken Rosenthal.
    Rosenthal also apparently thinks the Seattle Mariners need a closer despite the presence of 26-year-old cost-controlled closer Danny Farquhar, who in his final 28 appearances this year posted a 1.72 ERA, with 43 strikeouts and 11 walks in 31.1 innings, holding opponents to a .150/.229/.187/.416 line.

  21. Modifish 2 years ago

    I really can’t see this being true. I would think that this is a tactic being employed here to create more urgency in negotiations with whomever they are engaged. Cano only makes sense if they are in a win now mode and no pitching help would just create a negative backlash by the fanbase,The Tanaka situation is the plug in the free agency market right now, once it’s uncorked all will fall into place.

  22. tedsfrozenhead 2 years ago

    Rosenthal is just mad at Seattle for signing Cano. The story actually makes the claim and then adds a “if-so” to it. What kind of reporting is this.
    Kenny is a Yankee shill who once said we should trade the King to the Yankees for Montero and Nova. His word is not to be trusted.

    • John Evans 2 years ago

      Rosenthal seems to like to talk about what he would like the Mariners to do. He likes to talk about why the Mariners should trade Felix Hernandez, and they haven’t obliged him there… Same thing with talk about how the M’s need a closer… Maybe he didn’t like them signing Cano, because Cano left the Yanks and because the M’s aren’t supposed to have money. I figure this business today is about him not wanting the M’s to spend more money… or else maybe he’s egging them on, daring Howard Lincoln and ownership to open the wallet further. And there’s the business about this maybe being a ploy by Seattle management, which could be true. The one point I can see where he might be right is that if they spent most all of their money on Cano and then don’t do anything else much, they really don’t have a plan. But I expect more moves, and that the M’s will prove him wrong again.

  23. Rook 2 years ago

    I wonder if Cody Ross, if he’s healthy, would be a good fit for the M’s in left field. It seems like most of their big hitters are left handed.
    The Dbacks can move him with Trumbo, Pollock and Parra already in the outfield. He has two years left on his contract at $8.5 each with a third year option.

  24. Tim Bowers 2 years ago

    The M’s could open up their pocketbooks for the right player, Rosenthal says…

    That could mean literally anything.

  25. Zissou 2 years ago

    You don’t sign players in the off season just because. You sign those that make sense. Cano has ten whole years on his contract, if he stays for the full length. I’m not impressed with any of the remaining FA hitters other than Choo – but he is just another lefty in the lineup. Some good pitchers out there that the Ms need, but the team CANNOT trade away Walker, especially for Price who doesn’t sound too thrilled about playing in Seattle. I like the idea of signing some smaller pieces (Guti), helping the bullpen, and maybe bringing in one quality starter to help ease in the young guns. Depending on what happens this season – there are some quality FAs ready to hit the market the following off season. See what the new additions do in 2014, where the team sits in the standings, and make a splash to REALLY compete with ready young arms in 2015. That’s where I see this going… I hope.

  26. chuckitt 2 years ago

    looks like eric wedge was right. the front office doesn’t have a clue on how to stock a team. by the time all the young players are really ready , cano will be on the decline as a 34-35 year old. only ridiculous money brought cano to seattle and I see that no other serious free agent chose to sign in seattle.

    • jmo mls 2 years ago

      Wedge was so dissatisfied with Seattle’s upper management that he demanded a multi-year extension before petulantly quitting and whining to the media.

      • chuckitt 2 years ago

        still looks like wedge was right. front office wasn’t gonna or couldn’t get the players to make the team a contender. even ichiro saw the writing on the wall.

        • jmo mls 2 years ago

          Ichiro should’ve been gone long ago.
          Again, if Wedge was so unhappy, why’d he want a new contract? I assume he doesn’t need the money.

  27. trenigro 2 years ago

    Less than a month ago, Howard Lincoln told the Seattle Times that the payroll budget was going to be over last years’ $95 million. Right now according to the figures at Cots, payroll is only at about $80 million. That’s $15 million available just to get back to last year’s budget. Also since last off-season, the M’s signed a huge RSN deal and MLB signed a new national TV deal that is to pay each team an additional $15-$25 million. Don’t believe Ken Rosenthal and his “sources”. More often than not they are flat out wrong.

    • trenigro 2 years ago

      Here is a breakdown of the current team payroll for this season with numbers from Cots and arbitration estimates from MLBTR.

      Cano $24
      Felix $22.86
      Kuma $6.5
      Hart $6 + incentives
      Bloomquist $2.8
      Ackley $1.7
      Hultzen $1.7
      Guti $1 + incentives
      Furbush $0.75
      Smoak arbitration ($2.8)
      Saunders arbitration ($2)
      Morrison arbitration ($1.7)
      11 guys at league minimum $5.5

      Total $79.31 + incentives

      • Chaney Bicknell 2 years ago

        Spot on. This article is pure conjecture. The idea that the Mariners are going to reduce their total payroll the year they sign Cano is ludicrous. It’s what the NY market wants to hear, though, so this drivel gets published. The Mariners are likely waiting for the Tanaka posting question to be answered, like the rest of baseball, so that they can start adding pitching.

      • drwheelock 2 years ago

        You only forget the $1M buyout of Harangs contract.

        • drwheelock 2 years ago

          This is what I come up with:

          According to COTS Baseball Prospects MLB Contracts Seattle’s at:

          $68,307,143 = Guaranteed Contracts: Cano, Felx, Iwakuma, Hart, Willie B, Ackley, Hultzen, Gutz, Furbush

          $2,500,000 = Smoak ARB $ Estimate

          $2,500,000 = Saunders ARB $ Estimate

          $1,000,000 = Harang Buyout


          $6,500,000 = Leaves 13 near league minimum players to pay

          $80,807,143 = Total “if” Hart/Gutz incentives don’t kick in

          $9,000,000 = “Potential” Incentives: Corey Hart, Gutz

          $89,807,143 = Total So Far “if” all $9M Hart/Gutz incentives kick in

    • drwheelock 2 years ago

      Hopefully all this is a “ploy” by the Marines FO to tell the agents and media that they are not going to be straddled with the money they want for Ervin Santana (pathetic), Choo, and Cruz.

      And if that is what the FO is doing than all the more power to them!

  28. Kevin Wisla 2 years ago

    Good thing they surrounded Cano with all that talent before they reached their limit.

    • 王威評 2 years ago

      And if Cano stayed in Yankee for the $$ used on Ellsbury and Beltran.
      Cano will be surrounded with ? Wells/Gardner to protect him?

      • Kevin Wisla 2 years ago

        Soriano? Teixeira? McCann? All of the above? They signed Ellsbury BEFORE Cano left. They signed Beltran with the money they were gonna use on Cano. But yeah, no id rather have Teix/Soriano/McCann/Ellsbury/Jeter/Gardner hitting around me than some combo of Gutierrez/Saunders/Almonte/Smoak/Hart/Seager/Miller.

  29. westcoastwhitesox 2 years ago

    Cano = Ichiro. The Mariners’ owners only pay for 1 superstar offensive player at a time. Sorry fans.

  30. RIYankeeGuy 2 years ago

    What’s with the “could be” in the reaching their payroll limit sentence? Either the Mariners have 20-30+ mil more to spend as payroll breakdowns commented below seem to suggest or they’re 5 or whatever million away. This is most likely a non story or a weak negotiating ploy by someone in Seattle’s FO.

    The Mariners have a good shot at Choo (although if Tanaka remains in Japan, Texas could erase those dreams) or Cruz and could use Santana or Jiminez. If the M’s don’t spend much more, it’s likely because their targets chose other teams and not due to a lack of effort.

  31. Eslva917 2 years ago

    Maybe Cano didn’t want the Yankees to try and void his contract after his PED use. So that’s why he went with Seattle.

  32. Jeff 2 years ago

    I’ll let things play out before jumping on board with Rosenthal. They may be using that line for free agents they don’t have interest in to go away. If they get a #3 starter, a decent reliever, a backup for Zunino and another outfielder of semi decent quality, I’ll be okay with it.

  33. GO_M'S! 2 years ago

    If you were the GM…and you needed to sign a pitcher–and didn’t want to trade the farm for Price, and Ervin Santana was the only guy who said he would consider signing with the M’s (out of Jiminez and Garza)…would you say publicly, ‘oh yeah…we have tons of money for that one lucky guy’…or would you say, ‘wallets getting thin’…? They are all asking for an incredible sum of money–it’s probably just a negotiation tactic.

    • GO_M'S! 2 years ago

      Like others have said, including Shannon Drayor, we are around $80-85m. Let’s say management put the cap at $100m (as seemed to be the case based on Lincoln’s comments earlier this off-season)…we can get a quality arm, like a Santana, for about $15m per year…put Erasmo and maybe Mauer in the pen (especially with some young guns coming up), and sign a back-up catcher for a mil or so…and we are set. With Guiti signing…we don’t need another OF. I would much rather have a quality pitcher we can slot in the #3 spot–followed by Walker and Paxton.

    • drwheelock 2 years ago

      Or to say nicely to Ervin Santana and his agent that they are not interested, and not playing into the ‘market up’ bidding scheme.

      • GO_M'S! 2 years ago

        Then what? Would you really go in to the season without signing another pitcher? Garza is probably going to the Angels or somewhere else…and Jimenez looks to be resigning with the Indians. Tananka is out of the price range given what we have left…unless they backload it. I wouldn’t write off Santana yet…but, I wouldn’t give him anymore than $15m.

  34. fisherdr 2 years ago

    Gee, I wonder why the Mariners would be indicating to agents and teams that they don’t have a boatload of money to spend. It must be that they’re at their payroll limit! There could be no other reason.

  35. We’re at a point where I think we are trying to do a few more things. I’m not sure that anything is going to be a huge splash.

  36. jmo mls 2 years ago

    Does the “clear, consistent plan to build their championship teams” consist of “sign a bunch of guys in their late 30s who were really great ten years ago.” Sounds brilliant.

  37. Doug51 2 years ago

    The Yankees’ front office problem is this:

    Their old model of simply paying players more than they are worth and then discarding them when they are no longer of value (aside from a few core players) has ran its course, and they are on the edge of that bubble.

    They don’t want to get smacked with the luxury tax again next year, so they can’t do that anymore. But their front office doesn’t draft well now, and they haven’t got a way of competing with AL east teams that match them in the pocketbook, and have better farm systems and therefore better replacements AND better trading capabilities.

    They won 85 games or whatever in the toughest division despite being devastated by injuries blah blah blah is the standard line from any Yankee fan wearing their obligatory rose-colored glasses. However what they fail to mention is that their aged, injured team from last year is a year older, and just as likely to break down in the same places. ARod and Jeter and Teixeira are all gonna miss some time this year, and I doubt the additions or Roberts, Ellsbury, and Beltran are really going to make up for the decline of this team due to its strict former adherence to the overpayment of athletes. CC Sabathia gets worse every year, and Kuroda is the only other even halfway decent pitcher they have on their roster right now.

  38. jmo mls 2 years ago

    Not everyone can have the same game plan, I mean, there’s only so many 35 year-old corner outfielders who should be DHing or playing 1B to go around.

  39. Pete Harnisch 2 years ago

    My glasses are not rose colored and they are far from obligatory (but nice generalization and jab to Yankees fans).

    FYI – every player is going to be a year older next year!! This doesn’t just apply to the Yankees!

    Also, you fail to mention that a healthy Jeter/Tex/Arod are a lot more productive than an injured Jeter/Tex/Arod or their replacements. Also, you did not mention the additions of McCann, Soriano, and Pineda. CC will rebound and the offseason isn’t over – expect the Yanks to add another starter and reliever.

    All in all, the Yankees will compete in 2014.

  40. JTT11 2 years ago

    How can someone/something be on the edge of a bubble? It doesn’t make sense.

  41. disqus_2oMvLaxlB5 2 years ago

    The Yankees are not an elite team. Arod wont be there. McCann overrated CC washed up.

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