Yankees payroll to increase as GM Brian Cashman says he has 'latitude' to make additions

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New York Yankees basic supervisor Brian Cashman validated on Tuesday that the club will have a greater payroll in 2022 than it performed in 2021, and declared that he has “latitude” as part of his press accessibility session at the GM conferences.

“Do I have a set budget? No. Do I [feel] I have some direction? Yes, and clearly it was mission accomplished from last year, getting under the CBT (Competitive Balance Tax),” Cashman stated. “[Payroll is  going to have to be higher] because we don’t have a lot of stuff coming off. I have some latitude.” 

Here’s video of Cashman’s remarks:

The Yankees had an Opening Day payroll of $197 million last season. According to Cot’s Contracts forecasts, they’re presently slated to run an Opening Day payroll of about $210 million with no external additions. Of course, the Yankees might cut that number if they carry on from the similarity very first baseman Luke Voit, catcher Gary Sánchez or any variety of other arbitration-eligible gamers without a locked area.

The Yankees had the ability to remain beneath the CBT line, as Cashman mentioned, implying that they will not be charged as a repeat transgressor next winter season ought to they exceed the tax line. That news is mostly of issue for the owners, the Steinbrenner household, who get to conserve a trifling quantity as an outcome.

Still, the Yankees are anticipated to be active on the free-agent and trade markets, with leading free-agent shortstops such as Carlos Correa and Corey Seager standing apart as possible fits. The Yankees likewise require to resolve their capturing position (though Sánchez’s existence and the absence of great options on the free market might make complex that) and choose whether they can count on Voit at the cold corner.

It ought to be kept in mind that Cashman stated he’s had just one discussion with the representative of free-agent very first baseman Anthony Rizzo.

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