Already saddled with a payroll close to $200 million and with luxury seats no one wants to sit in, Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner told the New York Post Thursday he’d be willing to spend, baby, if it helped his team stay in contention. From the story:
“[We’re] always willing to look at options come July. Come the trade deadline. And I think we’ve shown that. Some years we’ve done stuff, like last year with [Alfonso] Soriano. Some years we haven’t. But we’re not going to ever lay down and die. We’re going to do what we need to do to stay in.”
Three of the New York’s intended starters on Opening Day — Ivan Nova , Michael Pineda, and CC Sabathia — are on the disabled list. As for possible replacements, the article goes on to mention the Phillies’ Cliff Lee, Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel of the Cubs, and Arizona’s Bronson Arroyo as players who could be available at the trade deadline.
The Yankees don’t have the highest payroll in baseball this season. That belongs to the Los Angeles Dodgers at $235 million, according to Baseball Prospectus. The Red Sox payroll is estimated at a cool $151.9 million.