Sources: Yanks eye $300M spending plan

October, 18, 2013
10/18/13
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While all the talk to begin the offseason is about the New York Yankees' desire to cut the team's yearly payroll to $189 million, the front office is devising a plan that could have them going on a $300 million shopping spree, sources have told ESPNNewYork.com.

The Yankees will begin their organizational meetings Monday where they will settle on a strategy they believe can cut payroll to $189 million while spending big on free agents.

The Yankees' initial main targets are expected to include their own Robinson Cano, Japanese starter Masahiro Tanaka, Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann and St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran, according to sources.

The possible outlay of $300 million or more in total salary is similar to the number commonly associated with the winter of 2008-09 when the Yankees spent $423 million on CC Sabathia, Mark Teixeira and A.J. Burnett over the life of their multiyear contracts.

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Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Masahiro Tanaka
WINS ERA SO IP
13 2.47 139 134
OTHER LEADERS
BAJ. Ellsbury .271
HRB. McCann 22
RBIB. McCann 71
RB. Gardner 84
OPSB. Gardner .760
ERAH. Kuroda 3.77
SOM. Tanaka 139