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GM: Yanks will still spend

TAMPA — Even with planned payroll cuts, the Yankees will still outspend everyone else, GM Brian Cashman said Friday.

"We're still the Yankees," Cashman said. "We're still going to be there for our fan base and try to make sure every year is a year that they have legitimate hope that it can be a special season."

Cashman's comments came one day managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner said he plans to reduce the payroll to $189 million for the 2014 season. Steinbrenner said this season's payroll is about $210 million.

Under the new labor agreement, the luxury tax threshold will be $189 million after the 2013 season. By getting under that, the Yankees would be eligible to get some of their revenue-sharing money back.

"Our payroll doesn't need to be at this level," Cashman said. "Look at the Minnesota Twins. Look at the Tampa Bay Rays. Look at a lot of clubs that are having massive success going about it a different way. We can incorporate every way.

"Our decisions every year are still difficult, no matter what. I think it's easier when you have parameters. It was very difficult when it was just a general (budget) and it would change on a daily basis."

The Yankees were hit with a $13.9 million luxury tax last season. New York's final 2011 payroll was $212.7 million for the luxury tax, which uses average annual values of contracts on the 40-man roster and includes benefits. Using salaries and prorated shares of signing bonuses, the Yankees were at $216 million.

Beating Bulls: Curtis Granderson had an RBI single in his only at-bat as the Yankees beat USF 11-0 at Steinbrenner Field. Granderson drove in Derek Jeter, who had reached on a two-base throwing error, in the first. USF had four hits off seven Yankees' minor-leaguers.

Phillies: Polanco won't play in opener

CLEARWATER — Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said 3B Placido Polanco will not play in today's opener against the Yankees.

Polanco dealt with back problems last season and had sports hernia surgery during the offseason. Manuel said he probably will play Monday.

2B Chase Utley, dealing with a chronic right knee injury, also won't play.

"It might be a little while before I play him," Manuel said. "He'll do his regular workouts and things like that. I'm in no hurry to play him as long as we can have him ready when the season starts."

Jays: Facing batters excites Romero

DUNEDIN — LHP Ricky Romero, set to start on opening day, pitched the first inning of Friday's intrasquad game.

"I was little excited when I got out there, just to get on that mound and see hitters and see an umpire and all that good stuff," he said. "You get into game mode."

During the inning, Romero escaped a man-on-third, no-out situation.

GM: Yanks will still spend 03/02/12 [Last modified: Friday, March 2, 2012 10:19pm]
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