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League Baseball's luxury tax for the first time ever.According to the Associated Press (h/t ESPN.com) www.diamondbacksfanproshop.com/authentic-zack-greinke-jersey , the Bronx Bombers are on pace to finish below the $197 million payroll threshold this season, meaning they won't have to pay the tax for the first time since it was instituted in 2003. They are still spending a significant amount of money with the luxury tax payroll up from $178.8 million at the start of the season to $192.1 million, but it is low enough to avoid the penalty.The AP noted the Boston Red Sox and Washington Nationals are the only teams on pace to pay the tax in 2018.The ability to avoid the luxury tax penalty also has implications for the upcoming offseason, as the report pointed out the Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers will each reset their base tax rates from 50 percent of their total over the threshold to just 20 percent by avoiding it this year.That figures to put both big-market powers in ideal positions to add to their already talented rosters during free agency.New York's big splash this offseason was trading forGiancarloStanton to play alongside Aaron Judge, who has missed significant time with a fractured wrist. It is nine games behind the Boston Red Sox in the American League East but two games ahead of the Oakland Athletics for the first wild-card spot and a comfortable eight games ahead of the Tampa Bay Rays.While the division is essentially out of reach at this point, the Yankees can at least take solace knowing they are headed to the playoffs and won't have to worry about paying the luxury tax.That, in turn, could lead to some marquee additions next offseason with less tax concerns and a threshold that is increasing to $206 million. Jim McIsaac/Getty ImagesNew York Yankees superstar Aaron Judge is heading into the 2019 season with a clean bill of health."He's as healthy as he's been probably since he's been in the big leagues www.diamondbacksfanproshop.com/authentic-zack-greinke-jersey ," manager Aaron Boone said Sunday, according to Coley Harvey of ESPN.com.Judge, 26, has dealt with his share of injuries throughout his career. Last offseason, he underwentshoulder surgery and was still recovering in spring training. Last July, he fractured his right wrist and missed two months.This year, however, Judge is ready to go."He's so much further ahead of the game from where he was last year Andrew Chafin Jersey ," Boone said. "A lot of his winter [last year] was poured into the rehab of the shoulder."He continued:"This year, it's been about having a normal offseason, getting his body into excellent position. When you talk to him, I think he's really excited of where his shoulder is at right now, certainly compared to this time last year. The maintenance he's had to do on it really the last couple of years, feels like, in a lot of ways, he's through that."A healthy Judge is a dangerous prospect for the rest of the American League. Over the past two seasons Alex Avila Jersey , he's blasted 79 homers and 181 RBI in 267 games, solidifying himself as one of the best power hitters in baseball. If he plays a full slate of games and maintains his past production, he'll be an MVP candidate.Plus, the one-two punch of Stanton and Giancarlo Stanton has given the Yankees not only one of the most dangerous power duos in baseball but one of the best lineups.If Stanton can remain healthy, the Yankees will remain one of the favorites in the American League, and the early returns on that front are all positive.