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A look at the Yankees payroll entering the offseason

Payroll has been a hot button issue for the Yankees for roughly a decade now. It’s amazing to write that sentence, but it’s true. For far too long we as fans have had to wonder whether or not the Yankees, the richest organization in the sport, would flex its financial might. We probably shouldn’t get our hopes up anymore.

Hal Steinbrenner’s mantra is that the Yankees should be able to win with payrolls below the luxury tax threshold, of course. I think everyone reading this knows how we here at the blog feel about that at this point, so no need to beat a dead horse. All I’ll say is that the team’s payroll is largely unchanged since 2005 while revenues have skyrocketed. The club has decided to treat the luxury tax as a de facto salary cap, but in what I’ll illustrate below, you’ll see that it will be difficult for the team to avoid the tax in 2022 (pending CBA negotiations).

It’s important to note that there is no new collective bargaining agreement in place yet for 2022 and beyond, so the luxury tax system as we know it is likely to change (I sure hope so). The minimum threshold (currently $210 million) should go up significantly, though I’m not going to hold my breath. With all that in mind, let’s take a look at where the team’s payroll stands ahead of this winter’s activity.

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The Yankees’ 2021-2022 Offseason Calendar

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Now that we’ve had a few days to let the end of the Yankees’ season simmer, it’s time to look forward. Technically, the offseason doesn’t begin until the World Series ends, but for all intents and purposes, the Yankees are in offseason mode.

The next few months could be incredibly tumultuous. Not just for the Yankees, but for MLB as a whole. The collective bargaining agreement expires at 11:59pm on December 1st. Things between the owners and players don’t seem too peachy, so there’s a chance for tense negotiations upcoming. Those negotiations could create a standstill for all trade and free agent activity.

Aside from the front office working on its roster, the group (and ownership) needs to make a decision on Aaron Boone and his coaching staff before anything else happens. Boone’s contract is up, so the team could simply walk away. I imagine the Yankees will have that settled before the World Series ends. So with that, let’s break down the offseason calendar:

Mailbag: Training staff, Volpe’s defense, and prospects who’ll impact the 2022 Yankees

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Happy Friday, everyone. Are you still watching the postseason, or have you fallen into post-Yankees depression and avoided the action? I’ll admit that I haven’t tuned into any games yet, although I think the Dodgers-Giants matchup is really compelling. I plan to watch that series at the very least. The AL field is so dislikeable and just too hard to watch. The odds of rooting against the Rays or Astros in the World Series are annoyingly high.

Anyway, it’s been a while since we’ve opened the mailbag, so let’s get back to it today. As always, send your questions to viewsfrom314 [at] gmail [dot] com. We’ll pick our favorites for the next edition. Here’s what we have this week:

Wild Card Game: It’s all over

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The Yankees’ season is over. Boston topped the Yankees 6-1 in the Wild Card Game at Fenway Park, postponing the Bombers’ World Series hopes to 2022. It wasn’t much of a contest tonight, either. The Red Sox jumped Gerrit Cole early and the Yankees’ offense had no answers. Boston will now head to Tampa to play the Rays in the ALDS.

There’s plenty of blame to spread on 2021 Yankees, but tonight’s loss epitomized so much of what went wrong for this year’s club. The offense sputtered. The manager made questionable decisions. Fundamentals were lacking. So it goes.

We’re going to transition to our offseason coverage in the coming weeks, but there’s still some time to reflect upon the 2021 club. The playoffs have just begun, so the front office won’t be making roster moves anytime soon. With that, let’s get to the takeaways from tonight’s game:

2021 Wild Card Game Thread

In just a few hours, the Yankees and Red Sox will kick off the American League Wild Card Game at Fenway Park in Boston. The winner heads to Tampa to take on the Rays in the ALDS, which starts on Thursday.

As you’re waiting for the game to begin, take some time to catch up with our content over the last two days. Bobby offered his thoughts on Monday and I penned the preview earlier today. Then, use this post’s comments section to discuss tonight’s game. We’ll also tweet through the action on Twitter.

Lineups along with a few pregame notes after the jump.

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