hey dumass, since u obviously think u know so much, take a look at this, courtesy of espn.com:
Listed below are the average annual value of contracts for each player or estimated salary for the 2002 season. Note that actual salaries for some players may be less (or more) than listed. For instance, Derek Jeter will make $17 million in 2002 ($15 million, $2 million bonus).
Derek Jeter, $18.9 million
Jason Giambi, $17.0 mil.
Roger Clemens, $15.4 mil.#
Mike Mussina, $14.8 mil.
Bernie Williams, $12.5 mil.
Mariano Rivera, $9.9 mil.
Andy Pettitte, $8.5 mil.
Robin Ventura, $8 mil.
Jorge Posada, $8 mil.*
Sterling Hitchcock, $6 mil.
Steve Karsay, $5.75 mil.
Rondell White, $5 mil.
Orlando Hernandez, $4 mil.*
Drew Henson, $2.83 mil.
Mike Stanton, $2.58 mil.
Ramiro Mendoza, $2.5 mil.*
John Vander Wal, $1.92 mil.
Alfonso Soriano,\t$1 mil.*
Shane Spencer, $1 mil.*
Adrian Hernandez, $1 mil.
Nick Johnson, $500,000*
Total: $147.08 million
# The Yankees value Clemens' contract at $10.3 million per year; the MLBPA considers the average value $15.45M due to a buyout/option year clause.
It may seem like the same old story for those that compete against the Yankees. For yet another season, Yankees boss George Steinbrenner is busy writing more checks to pay off the best talent available. After all, Steinbrenner will spend more for the 2002 season on the four free agents he signed within the past week -- Jason Giambi, Steve Karsay, Rondell White and Sterling Hitchcock -- than Twins owner Carl Pohlad committed for his entire 2001 team.
But it's not the same old story. The Yankees' domination of the payroll charts and free agent markets will not only likely continue, but could grow even more pronounced in upcoming years if baseball doesn't change its revenue-sharing plans.
While the Yankees opened the 2001 season with a payroll of $109.8 million, just a notch above Boston's $109.6 million and Los Angeles' 109 million, as they soar past $130 million in 2002 it's unlikely the Red Sox or Dodgers -- or any other team -- will come close to that total this year.
"The Yankees are playing in a different league," said John Hart, general manager of the Texas Rangers. "I'm not trying to be critical of the decisions they make, but the fact is that they have larger revenues than every other team and that will continue to be the case."
Those revenues should grow substantially over the next couple of years. The Yankees earned more than double ($98 million) the major-league average in gate revenue last season, but it's a new television deal that has the capacity to grow the Yankees' revenues quicker than raising ticket prices can.
For the 2001 season, the Yankees made $56.75 million in local broadcasting revenue, according to the numbers released by Major League Baseball last Thursday for its hearings in front of the House Judiciary Committee. That's 2.5 times more than the major-league average for local broadcasting revenues.
Over the last 13 years with the Madison Square Garden Network, the Yankees averaged $41.7 million in local broadcasting rights fees. But with YankeeNets, the conglomerate that manages the Yankees, New Jersey Nets and New Jersey Devils, starting up its own cable channel next season, Yankees Entertainment and Sports (YES, a joint venture between YankeeNets and the investment bank Goldman Sachs), the team figures to earn at least $52 million in 2002. More importantly, that figure should be much higher in future years."
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