Umm, is there a math problem here? Everybody is saying we have to be frugal for one year, but the yankees have to be under 189 for the 2014 season. That's two years.
That would be fine if we took this opportunity to rebuild with our plethora of young prospects... but we don't have any ready to come up!
Our farm system stinks. While we seem to have plenty of promising arms (who always get hurt) the last high end position player we brought up was Cano.
Yes, we've got some promising kids in Single A, but that's a long way from the big leagues. A lot can happen.
We need to start throwing serious money at our farm system, especially the scouting, if we are going to be one of those teams that builds through the draft.
The way things look right now, it's going to be three or four years before some of those Single A kids come up and there will be growing pains. In five years we will have a lot of those Albatross contracts cleared. That may be when we compliment the kids with new free agent signings. So it's looking like we're positioning ourselves for five years from now.
Of course, Hal is going to sell the team before then.
Let's say the Yankees are willing to pay $225 million or even $250 million, but are forced to pay $189 million or have a penalty that approximates $25 million to $50 million per year for the next 4 years of the baseball labor agreement. That means that they can go out an sign Hamilton and Grienke for $45 million and resign Martin for $9 million and raise their overall payroll to $250 million and pay a $50 million penalty, so that their comparable payroll costs $300 million vs. the $189 million plan.
Some on this board would believe that the Yankees wouldn't invest any of that money in their minor leagues, which is absolutely ridiculous! Of course, at a minimum, if opportunities present themselves, the Yankees would be willing to invest at least the difference between $222 million of current salary and the $189 million. Wouldn't they?
The one-year contracts are absolutely a stop gap between this year and next year. In 2years Mo, Pettite and Kuroda will almost certainly be retired taking $37 million off the books. Jeter might retire or might cost less. Granderson will likely be gone. If they're smart, they might even be a way to extend A-rod after next year on a player / personal service contract at a relatively low salary that reduces the annual value of his entire contract.
So then, the wallet can be fat and open for any of the current young stars that are free agents in their prime or arbitration eligible from low market teams. At the same time, we have 2 years to develop and improve the minor league talent.
Everything is good. Sleep well Yankees fans.
Harmless and innocent you devil in white
You stole my will without a fight
You filled me with confidence, but you blinded my eyes
You tricked me with visions of paradise
Now I realize
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Depends who we sign if we a sign a player who plays well and likes playing here it could work but if he gives it to a crappy player then its a waste of time.
However, almost all of us were salivating over Sabathia and Teixeira when they were signed going into 2009. I don't think we should all be hindsight back walking this fact because now we are facing the down side of their career bell curve.
Without ARod there would be NO 2009 championship and Cashman's track record of failure would be one decade and counting.
Yes he is a contractual albatross, yes he will be nothing but a financial drain going forward but Cashman has had 10 years to build around that fact and again seems to lack any semblance of long term franchise vision going forward but prefers (and this situation is not unique to this year or the 189 Hal edict) to employ cheap, c-grade, bargain basement, stop gaps that play as such against superior October competition.
Montero is but one shining example, Joba another, of Cashman being a reactionary instead of a long term visionary.
And now the whole $9,000 for a box seat and franchise sanctioned $35 parking will come into play if we put together a few seasons reminiscent of the mid 80's or 2008.
To be honest, this team must reap the market-correction consequences of its own hype and I'm saying this as a fan.
Cashman is doing the right thing, IMO. Unless he can somehow get Justin Upton from the D'Backs, he should stay away from multi-year deals. Let Suzuki play one more year at right field. And even Upton has like 4 years remaining on his deal.
His biggest challenge will come in 2-3 years, though when Jeter is retired, Sabathia, Tex and Cano will be getting older etc. How are the Yankees going to be contenders in let's say 2016?
It's funny. These long term deals seem to only negatively affect the position players into their late 30s.
The pitchers seem to do much better at an advanced age.
Kuroda. Pettitte. Dickey. Mo. To name a few.
While long term pitching deals are incredibly risky due to so many arm injuries......it seems that pitchers have been lasting longer than position players as far as age goes.
Maybe it's smart to go short term on these guys..........seems like MLB will trend this way with the Sox and Miami deals and Yanks new mantra.
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The only long term deal that's effecting us is A-Rod. And his contract was only long because Yankees thought he was going to break into the homerun record.
C.C is okay, and Tex okay, because he plays a great 1B.
Second, Daric Barton is not Mark Teixeira. Period. Teixeria -- not only brings great talent -- is a presents in the infield. He has that intangibility that not many 1B have.