Saturday, January 10, 2009

Yanks get Christmas, Happy New Year all at once

What did you for Christmas? Did you celebrate a New Year by going to a big-time party?

The New York Yankees got a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year all at once. In case you spent the holidays in a cave somewhere and didn’t hear, they spent some $423.5 million on free agents signings which include Mark Teixeira, CC Sabathia, and A.J. Burnett.

Yep, the Yankees have committed to a guarantee that those three contracts will average $62 million a year. Teixeira's contract pays him $22.5 million a year and includes a $5 million signing bonus as well as a no-trade clause. Together with Sabathia, Alex Rodriguez, and Derek Jeter, the Yankees have the four highest-paid players in baseball. Not to mention, the Bronx Bombers are opening a new Yankee Stadium. And guess what else? They don’t care how much you or I gripe about spending money. They could care less.

As far as the Yankees are concerned, all they’ve done is redistribute their money, because they have removed Jason Giambi, Bobby Abreu, Mike Mussina, Carl Pavano and others from their roster. And they have signed the best pitcher and position player available on the open market. Still, I don’t see how it can be good for baseball to have the Bombers sign so many and pay so much. A salary cap needs to be in place. I love the Yankees, but that’s my opinion and I’m sticking to it.


1 Comments:

At January 11, 2009 at 11:44 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

John, you're right about the salary cap. Baseball needs to do something about that. However, big spending doesn't always guarantee big wins. Yanks were big spenders last year, but didn't make the playoffs (sorry to remind you) and Tampa Bay was not a big spender, but made it to the World Series. Injuries were a big factor for the Yanks and I still don't know how the Rays got as far as they did. But, there needs to be more of a level field like there is in the NFL where we see a lot of different teams in the playoffs from year to year. In baseball, it seems like teams from Texas, Kansas City, Pittsburgh and a few others are never very competitive and a salary cap may be the answer to level the playing field, so to speak. - Jim Patterson

 

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