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Heyman | Yankees hope to get under tax threshold in 2018

New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman speaks to reporters during a news conference in which he addressed the team's trades and acquisitions in New York, Monday, July 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

The New York Yankees have every intention to get below the luxury tax threshold for the 2018 season, which rises to $197 million next year, people familiar with their thinking say.

New York has significant money coming off the books after the year, with CC Sabathia ($25 million salary in 2017) a free agent and Masahiro Tanaka ($22 million) a potential free agent. In addition, Jaime Garcia ($12 million), Matt Holliday ($13 million), Todd Frazier ($12 million) and Alex Rodriguez ($20 million) also come off the books at the end of the season. So it appears doable, depending on Tanaka’s decision and how many, if any, of the above names the Yankees choose to attempt to bring back.

The Yankees have kept things in check — to a degree — the past few years as the Los Angeles Dodgers have flown past them, and there are people in the organization who believe they still may have close to $30 million to spend, even if they do get under the cap – so that wouldn’t necessarily preclude one big free agent or a couple good ones.

Of course, the Yankees have had the intention to get below the figure before; a few years ago they made that a goal, but they wound up being unable to do so. The incentive is ramped up this time, as the 2018-19 free agent group will be star-studded, with Bryce Harper, Manny Machado and possibly Clayton Kershaw all potential free agents after the 2018 season.

The Yankees are the only team never to get under the threshold since 2003, and reports suggest they have paid about $300 million in taxes, nearly three times the Dodgers, who have paid the next-most in taxes.

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