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07:41 AM ET 11.02 | The Yankees have been discussing several big-name free agents -- including new ones Jacoby Ellsbury, Matt Garza and Stephen Drew -- as they weigh how to remake their team. The Yankees are still aiming to cut their payroll from $230 million to below $189 million, but with several free agents and retirees of their own, they have many options. They also like Carlos Beltran, Shin-Soo Choo, Brian McCann and Masahiro Tanaka, as previously reported.

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November 2, 2013  08:19 AM ET

All teams are doing the same thing so not really news. Interesting that instead of lowering payroll this past season I believe they actually raised it. The media keeps making a big deal of that $189 million mark but in the end I don't think that or paying the luxury tax actually bothers the Yankees as they've paid it so often that it's second nature to them.

November 2, 2013  09:00 AM ET
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All teams are doing the same thing so not really news. Interesting that instead of lowering payroll this past season I believe they actually raised it. The media keeps making a big deal of that $189 million mark but in the end I don't think that or paying the luxury tax actually bothers the Yankees as they've paid it so often that it's second nature to them.

They've already indicted they will not let the cap stand in the way of fielding a playoff calibler team. They will be big buyers this year because they really don't have much to trade.

November 2, 2013  09:03 AM ET
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They've already indicted they will not let the cap stand in the way of fielding a playoff calibler team. They will be big buyers this year because they really don't have much to trade.

We'll see.

November 2, 2013  09:11 AM ET

Why would they be looking at Steven Drew? They just gave Captain America $12M for next year.

November 2, 2013  09:26 AM ET

I hope that the TIGERS start to look for a second baseman a catcher a left fielder and out in the bullpen.

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November 2, 2013  10:51 AM ET

This is part of the reason why the Yankees manager job was more appealing to Giradi than the Cubby's.

November 2, 2013  11:57 AM ET
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Why would they be looking at Steven Drew? They just gave Captain America $12M for next year.

Because they realize they may not get that many games out of Jeter next season due to injuries.

November 2, 2013  12:01 PM ET

Prediction: Ells signs with Yankees, he and Jeter collide on a short fly ball in Spring Training, both on DL for extended period.
Or, Ells could have a Johnny Damon-like Yankee career, ok but not worth what Boras will wring out of them.

November 2, 2013  03:46 PM ET
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can you (or someone) explain why we INCREASED Jeters set salary?I thought the plan was to CUT all non-essential salary.This idiocy makes me want the yankees to go over the payroll by like ONE freakin dollar and have to pay for their stupidity

Very not happy they gave him one penny more than the $9.5 they were obligated to. Hal did this deal down in Florida. Dumbazz by him.

November 2, 2013  05:00 PM ET

They gave Jeter The Money because They, ARE THE YANKEES! !!

November 2, 2013  05:04 PM ET
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I hope that the TIGERS start to look for a second baseman a catcher a left fielder and out in the bullpen.

If The Dodgers had a second baseman they mivht have made into The World Series,they are crazy if they dont go after Cano or Phillips for that matter! !!

November 2, 2013  09:53 PM ET
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can you (or someone) explain why we INCREASED Jeters set salary?I thought the plan was to CUT all non-essential salary.This idiocy makes me want the yankees to go over the payroll by like ONE freakin dollar and have to pay for their stupidity

Ohhhhh.....they will.

November 3, 2013  07:52 AM ET
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can you (or someone) explain why we INCREASED Jeters set salary?I thought the plan was to CUT all non-essential salary.This idiocy makes me want the yankees to go over the payroll by like ONE freakin dollar and have to pay for their stupidity

If Jeter had picked up his player option at $9.5 mil, it actually would count as $15 mil against the $189 mil cap (average annual value of contract and other factors). The new $12 mil deal counts $12.2 mil against the cap.

More out of pocket but provides a little payroll flexibility. Also, avoids another PR nightmare like Jeter's last round of negotiations.

 
November 3, 2013  04:35 PM ET

there is no cap in baseball

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