Yankees’ $85 Million Disabled List


Who knew rehabilitative medicine would become such a booming business in New York during the 2013 baseball season?

On Saturday, the New York Yankees added two more players to its already overcrowded disabled list – starting pitcher Ivan Nova, who is suffering from inflammation in his right bicep, and catcher Francisco Cervelli, who fractured his right hand when it was struck by a foul tip on Friday.

Nova is not expected to miss significant time, but Cervelli recently underwent surgery and likely won’t return for six weeks.

With the additions of Nova and Cervelli, there are now seven members of the Yankee’s would-be 25-man roster presently on the disabled list.  And New York is paying a premium for all of those players who are not currently playing. Let’s take a look at the individual salary obligations owed to each of the seven guys on the DL.

Yankees’ disabled list

  • Francisco Cervelli – $515k
  • Michael Pineda – $528k
  • Ivan Nova – $575k
  • Curtis Granderson – $15 million
  • Derek Jeter – $17 million
  • Mark Teixeira – $23 million
  • Alex Rodriguez – $29 million

Adding all of those numbers together, New York’s disabled list alone has a payroll of more than $85.5 million. That exceeds the total opening payrolls of more than one third of the teams in baseball.

Teams with opening day payrolls less than $85.5 million

  • Houston Astros – $26 million
  • Miami Marlins – $50 million
  • Oakland Athletics – $61 million
  • Tampa Bay Rays – $61 million
  • Pittsburgh Pirates – $66 million
  • San Diego Padres – $68 million
  • Colorado Rockies – $73 million
  • Cleveland Indians – $80 million
  • Kansas City Royals – $81 million
  • Minnesota Twins – $82 million
  • Seattle Mariners – $84 million

Thus far, New York has shown remarkable resiliency, scraping together an impressive 15-9 start despite the rash of injuries it has suffered. The Yankees, predicted by many to trend downward this season, find themselves in second place in the American League East and in first place in the early American League Wild Card standings.

That’s a scary thing for the rest of the AL when you consider that New York will begin getting some of its All Stars back in May. Teixeira and Granderson are both expected to be ready to suit up for their first taste of regular season action by the end of May, and Nova almost certainly will be back to starting by then as well. Like we here at Seeds All Day said in our AL East preview, never fade the New York Yankees.

NOTE: A special tip of the cap to All-Star reader/commenter Pops for providing the inspiration for the topic of this post. If there’s a game, team or topic that piques your interest, let us know. We are always happy to provide the forum for discussion.

About Matthew George

Matthew George graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2008 with a bachelor of science in journalism. He spent three years writing sports for the Kentucky Kernel, the university's daily paper, and served as assistant sports editor. After undergrad, Matthew attended Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University where he earned his juris doctorate. He is now admitted to practice law in Kentucky and Indiana.

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