How Much Do the Yankees Spend on Players?

A look at the New York Yankees payroll, as well as how much they have spent on players over the years.

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Yankees’ Opening Day Payroll

The Yankees have the highest payroll in baseball, and it’s not even close. New York’s opening day payroll this year is $220 million. The second highest is the Mets, at $155 million. This year, the Yankees are paying A-Rod $33 million, C.C. Sabathia $24 million, and Mark Teixeira $22.5 million. That’s $79.5 million for just three players!

2019

The Yankees’ 2019 opening day payroll was $208 million. The highest-paid player on the team was outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, who made $26 million. The second-highest-paid player was shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who made $20 million. The remainder of the team’s starting lineup had an average salary of just under $9 million. Starting pitcher James Paxton was the highest-paid player in the pitching rotation, with a salary of $12.5 million.

2018

As of Opening Day 2018, the Yankees’ payroll for their 40-man roster was approximately $169 million. The following year, it is expected to increase to around $178 million. These figures do not include benefits and other forms of compensation paid to players.

In recent years, the Yankees have been criticized for having one of the highest payrolls in baseball. However, they have also been one of the most successful teams, winning numerous division titles and World Series championships.

When compared to other teams in major league baseball, the Yankees’ payroll is actually relatively middle-of-the-pack. In 2018, the team with the highest payroll was the Los Angeles Dodgers at over $234 million. The team with the lowest payroll was the Tampa Bay Rays at just over $68 million.

2017

The Yankees’ total payroll for the 2017 season is $197 million. The team’s opening day payroll ranked fourth in MLB, behind only the Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, and Detroit Tigers. The Yankees’ payroll increased by $22 million from the previous season.

The Yankees’ highest-paid player is pitcher CC Sabathia, who will earn $25 million in 2017. Outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury is the second-highest paid player on the team, with a salary of $22.5 million. Other notable players include first baseman Mark Teixeira ($22 million), third baseman Chase Headley ($13 million), and shortstop Didi Gregorius ($10.25 million).

How does this compare to other teams?

The Yankees have always been known to spend big money on their players. In fact, they have the highest payroll in all of baseball. So, how does this compare to other teams? Are the Yankees really spending that much more than everyone else?

2019

In 2019, the Yankees had a team payroll of $243 million. This was the second highest in baseball, behind only the Boston Red Sox. The Yankees’ payroll increased by $30 million from 2018, when it was $213 million. The team’s payroll has averaged over $209 million per year over the last five years.

The Yankees’ 2019 payroll was about double the MLB average of $120 million. It was also more than triple the league’s lowest payroll, which belonged to the Tampa Bay Rays at just under $60 million.

So how do the Yankees’ player salaries compare to other teams? Here’s a look at the top 10 highest-paid MLB teams in 2019:

1. Boston Red Sox – $228 million
2. New York Yankees – $243 million
3. Philadelphia Phillies – $180 million
4. Chicago Cubs – $176 million
5. San Francisco Giants – $172 million
6. Los Angeles Angels – $164 million
7. St. Louis Cardinals – $159 million
8. Washington Nationals – $156 million
9. Los Angeles Dodgers – $155 million
10. Houston Astros -$154 milli

2018

In 2018, the Yankees had a total payroll of $167,889,675. The total payroll for all MLB teams was $4,227,189,712. This means that the Yankees made up 4% of the entire league’s payroll. The Yankees’ payroll was ranked 1st in MLB. The next highest team was the Boston Red sox, who had a payroll of $133,914,815 (3.18% of the total MLB payroll).

2017

In 2017, the Yankees had a payroll of $229 million. The Los Angeles Dodgers had the next highest payroll at $215 million. The Yankees’ payroll was about $14 million higher than the Dodgers’. The Boston Red Sox had the third highest payroll in 2017 at $214 million.

How has this affected the Yankees’ performance?

2019

The New York Yankees have the highest payroll in baseball for 2019 at $223 million. The Los Angeles Dodgers are second at $196 million, followed by the Boston Red Sox at $193 million. The Yankees’ spending is more than double that of the Tampa Bay Rays, who have the lowest payroll at just under $68 million.

According to Fangraphs, the Yankees’ projected win-loss record for 2019 is 101-61, which would be the best in baseball. They are followed by the Dodgers (97-65), Houston Astros (96-66), and Red Sox (95-67). The Rays are projected to have the worst record in baseball at 67-95.

So, how much of an effect does spending have on a team’s performance? It’s tough to say definitively, but there is certainly a correlation between payroll and wins. Of the 10 teams with the highest payrolls in 2019, six are projected to make the playoffs. Of the 10 teams with the lowest payrolls, just two are projected to make the playoffs.

2018

In 2018, the Yankees had a payroll of $167 million. They also had the highest luxury tax bill in baseball, paying $36 million. The Yankees’ final payroll for 2018 was $203 million. The team went 100-62 and made it to the ALDS, where they lost to the Boston Red Sox.

2017

The Yankees have been the biggest spenders in baseball since the late 1990s, and their success on the field has followed suit. In fact, they’ve won five World Series titles since 2000. But while their spending Habits may have caught up to them in recent years, they’ve still managed to field a competitive team.

In 2017, the Yankees’ payroll was $223 million, which was slightly lower than their previous year’s total of $230 million. The team’s performance suffered as a result, as they missed the playoffs for the first time since 2014.

A big reason for the team’s struggles was their lack of depth, particularly in the starting rotation. The Yankees starters combined for just 34 wins (compared to 48 losses), and the team’s ERA of 4.51 was 14th out of 15 teams in the American League.

If the Yankees are going to get back to being a World Series contender, they will need to address their pitching issues. And that will likely mean opening up their wallet once again and being willing to spend big on free agents or via trade.

How do the Yankees’ salaries compare to the league average?

The Yankees are well known for their high payroll, and they consistently rank near the top in terms of total spending on players. But how do their salaries compare to the rest of the league? We take a look at the numbers.

2019

The Yankees’ payroll for 2019 is $198 million. The next highest payroll belongs to the Boston Red Sox, at $183 million. The Los Angeles Dodgers are in third place, at $174 million. The Tampa Bay Rays have the lowest payroll in baseball, at just $54 million.

Out of the 30 teams in Major League Baseball, the Yankees’ 2019 payroll ranks 4th. In 2018, the Yankees had the highest payroll in baseball, at $226 million. The San Francisco Giants had the second highest payroll in 2018, at $197 million. The Los Angeles Dodgers were in third place, at $194 million.

2018

In 2018, the Yankees had a total payroll of $222 million. The league average was $118 million, so the Yankees’ payroll was nearly twice the league average. The Yankees spent $33 million on player salaries in 2017, which was the highest in the majors. In 2018, they increased that figure to $36 million. The Yankees’ total payroll has increased every year since 2012.

2017

In 2017, the Yankees’ payroll was $197 million. The league average payroll was $116 million. The Yankees spent $81 million more on player salaries than the league average.

What is the Yankees’ total payroll over the years?

The New York Yankees have been known to spend a lot of money on their players. In fact, they have the highest payroll in all of baseball. But just how much do they spend? Let’s take a look at the Yankees’ total payroll over the years.

2019

The New York Yankees’ total payroll for 2019 is currently $198 million. The team’s luxury tax bill, which is based on their payroll, will be an additional $26 million. This puts their total expenditures on player salaries at just over $224 million.

2018

The New York Yankees’ 2018 payroll was $167 million, ranking them 16th in MLB.

2017

The New York Yankees’ total payroll for the 2017 season was $197,959,036. The team’s highest-paid player was starter Masahiro Tanaka, who earned $22,143,750. The Yankees’ lowest-paid player was reliever Kirby Yates, who earned the league minimum salary of $535,000.

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