After years spent trying to get under the luxury tax and an offseason where they didn't pounce on Manny Machado or Bryce Harper, Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner said Tuesday that they are willing to go over the highest penalty luxury tax threshold if necessary in order to prove the 2019 team.
That number is $246 million, with the Yankees roughly $15 million below it, according to Newsday's David Lennon.
In need of starting rotation help, the Yankees were recently out-bid by the Braves for Dallas Keuchel, meaning they still have some wiggle room when it comes to potentially eclipsing the highest luxury tax figure this season.
Other starting pitchers available could include Madison Bumgarner (earning $12 million this season), Trevor Bauer ($13 million), and Zack Wheeler ($5.975 million).
None of the above pitchers would bring the Yankees over the highest luxury tax number. But Max Scherzer -- who could become available -- would.
Scherzer is making $30.26 million this season.
The Yankees ended the 2018 season outside the top-five in payroll for the first time since 1992, which was the final season of then-owner George Steinbrenner's 2.5 year suspension.
Last season was the first time the Yankees stayed below the luxury tax since 2003.