If there may be any manner for the Yankees to signal Yu Darvish and nonetheless keep beneath the luxury-tax threshold, GM Brian Cashman made it apparent simply how a lot he’d like to do it, heaping reward on the free-agent righthander on Thursday.
Downside is, in fact, there does not appear to be any manner the maths works, until the Yankees’ GM can pull off a miracle and commerce Jacoby Ellsbury — and no less than half of his remaining wage.
However, talking on WFAN’s afternoon drive present on Thursday, Cashman supplied an intriguing reply to a query about doubtlessly signing Darvish, leaving the door open to the likelihood.
“Will we acknowledge Yu Darvish as a singular expertise and a premier beginning pitcher within the market?” Cashman mentioned. “Sure we do. Would we be one of many final groups standing (in any bidding for Darvish)? I can not reply that.
“I do assume there are issues we are able to do to create (payroll) flexibility. And that is why you keep engaged with high-end guys within the marKetplace.”
Hmmm. Buying and selling Ellsbury, which is difficult not solely by the three years and $63 million he has remaining on his contract, but additionally by the outfielder’s no-trade clause, is the obvious manner for the Yankees to create such flexibility, particularly since he seems to be a spare half now within the outfield.
But when Cashman had been decided to search out different methods, he may commerce Brett Gardner, which might save him $11.5 million on the payroll this season, or maybe Dellin Betances, who’s more likely to make $5 million or so in arbitration.
Would he try this so as to add Darvish? And would buying and selling Betances, for instance, add sufficient flexibility?
No one is aware of right down to the penny how a lot the Yankees can nonetheless spend and keep beneath the $197 million luxury-tax threshold, particularly as a result of they need to depart room so as to add gamers on the July commerce deadline.
However even on this slow-moving free-agent promote it appears unlikely that Darvish shall be signed for lower than $20 million a 12 months, and Cashman made it clear that might put the Yankees over the tax threshold, which he mentioned stays a precedence.
“Until possession adjustments their thoughts,” he mentioned.
When requested if there was a participant who would trigger such a change of thoughts, Cashman mentioned, “I do not assume so.”
Nonetheless, Cashman indicated he’ll keep involved with the Japanese star righthander.
And including to the thrill Cashman created, Michael Kay mentioned on his ESPN radio present that the Yankees made Darvish a proposal of seven years and $160 million in some unspecified time in the future throughout this low season, then pulled it off the desk when the pitcher did not instantly conform to take it.
Until that supply was made earlier than the Yankees traded for Giancarlo Stanton and his big wage, it does not jive with Cashman’s feedback concerning the luxury-tax threshold.
However till Darvish indicators elsewhere, apparently the thought of him pitching within the Bronx cannot be dominated out completely.