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The Yankees have reportedly agreed to terms with free agent outfielder Carlos Beltran on a three-year, $45 million deal. Beltran, who turns 37 in April, just keeps chugging along, putting up great numbers in his previous two seasons in St. Louis.

With Beltran in the fold, the Yankees are out on Masahiro Tanaka, right? Nope. Sorry. Beltran gets a portion of what the Yankees were going to give to Robinson Cano – and even after Cano, there was going to be a chance the Yankees could go after Tanaka, depending on whether Alex Rodriguez’s full (without pay) suspension is upheld – so there’s still money to go around.

It’s a lot tighter, though. And certainly, if Alex Rodriguez’s suspension is reduced to 50 games or so, the Yankees then almost certainly wouldn’t be able to sign Tanaka to kind of contract he’s going to get and stay under the $189 million luxury tax cap.

This all assumes, of course, that Tanaka will be posted at all, something that – at last check, per Jon Morosi – is still up in the air.

As for the configuration of the Yankees’ outfield, folks immediately started speculating that Brett Gardner would be put on the market. Hell, folks started speculating that after Jacoby Ellsbury was signed, let alone Beltran. With Ellsbury, Beltran, Gardner, Alfonso Soriano, Ichiro Suzuki, and Vernon Wells in the fold, there’s a bit of a glut. Though you could easily see how the first four can cover the outfield and DH, Ichiro can be a bench guy at this point in his career, and Wells can … retire.

Although the Cubs would certainly have a spot for Gardner, he’s a free agent after this season, and I’m not sure how much sense it would make for the Cubs to give up a notable prospect (or big league piece with legitimate trade value) for him right now.

  • cavemencubbie

    Read where the Yankees only have 5 mil to spend before going over the luxury tax. I’m no longer sure anything I read in the media is true, but it would seem the Yanks are out on Tanaka, or no longer think he will be posted. I’m also not sure Tanaka is worth the money he will get.

    • http://www.hookersorcake.com hookersorcake

      Yep, the Yanks are about $5 mil away from the luxury figuring in all their arb players. And they still haven’t added any pitching. Cashman said they needed to add 400 innings.
      So I would assume they are counting on Arod being suspended, leaving them with 30 million.

      • Rebuilding

        I also don’t think there is any way ARod doesn’t get some of his suspension reduced. Think what you want of the guy but his suspension was a complete overreach. He’s still never failed a test – which says a lot about the current testing system

        • ClevelandCubsFan

          Does it say a lot about the testing system? Or does it say a lot about the resources of a guy with a quarter billion dollar contract?

    • aaronb

      I doubt they care about the tax. That ownership group has shown they will spend whatever is needed.

      • Mick

        You need to catch up on your reading. Their entire organization has been explicit about getting under this season’s $189 million threshold for the last 3 years. This A-Rod suspension couldn’t have come at a better time.

  • Sorianofan1999

    I think its funny that the Yankees don’t want to spend “stupid money” from now on, and not that I would call this “stupid money” they continue to spend big. Looks like the Yankee way of buying championships is here to stay. Cubs have the right approach. Way less expensive and possibly a lot more productive than signing 37 year old players, no matter how good the numbers.

    • Rebuilding

      The problem is that the Yankees are prob going to spend $200 million and not make the playoffs. It’s possible (not probable) that they finish in last place in that division. Sabathia is a shell of his former self, Kuroda is 38 and after that ? Including the bullpen. They have no farm system at all (maybe Sanchez but that’s it). I would much rather be where the Cubs are right now as opposed to the Yankees

      • YourResidentJag

        Yeah, they’re also thinking of signing Colon if Tanaka doesn’t post. OHHHH BOY!

        • mjhurdle

          just out of personal curiousity, i am really interested in where Colon goes.
          A good pitcher in his younger years, struggles as he ages, gets busted for PEDs, then has a career year at 40. I cant think anyone would throw big money at him now, but with the way crazy things are happening, who knows.

      • 1060Ivy

        Yup, it’s always smarter to bet on the Cubs than the Yankees

        Sorry even with changeover in both ownerships – I consider Hank’s passing to be similar to change in ownership – Yankees will be a force in the AL East before the Cubs return to playing 500 baseball.

        We can talk MiLB all day but Yanks 2013 MLB roster has the Cubs best outfielder on it being paid by the Cubs while the Cubs MLB outfield roster is loaded with majority of players who couldn’t cut it as the Yankees 4th outfielder.

        • Tony S.

          Hank’s passing? I don’t follow

          • 1060Ivy

            George’s passing, not Hank, sorry for the brain fart.

    • DocPeterWimsey

      The Yankees are gambling that ARod’s suspension is upheld. If it is not, then they will be paying the luxury tax. THey don’t like doing that. They like missing post-season even less.

      And the Yankees system of “buying” this has worked. Now, the Yankees “way” of buying championships hasn’t been too effective. The century is now 13 years old, and the Yanks have 1 championship. However, they have made post-season in (I think) 11 of 13 years.

      Moreover, their fanbase is probably the most spoiled fanbase in sports: post-season is the expectation. Right now, the Yanks really need pitching to do that. Tanaka probably won’t be Yu Darvish: but he’s also almost certainly the best pitcher available (assuming that he is posted), and *that* is what determines his value.

  • Frank

    I don’t care what numbers he put up in the last two years, 37 year old is 37 year old.

  • YourResidentJag

    Jerry Crasnick ‏@jcrasnick 1h
    Heard Trumbo’s name as potential #dbacks target this week. But @JeffFletcherOCR made it sound as if #angels aren’t moving him.

    Jerry Crasnick ‏@jcrasnick 2h
    Kevin Towers wants a corner OF with power, but Nelson Cruz doesn’t seem like a fit there for a bunch of reasons. #dbacks

    • http://www.hookersorcake.com hookersorcake

      The only OF bats left are Choo and Cruz. Then your left with Corey Hart… and everything else isn’t much of an upgrade over what we already have.
      I wouldn’t be surprised to see Cruz get 3-45
      The big question is what about Matt Kemp? Would trading for him make sense?
      Maybe someone out of our second tier. Alcantrara? Maybe Candelerio
      I wouldn’t trade any of the big four or any pitching but we do have some 2B-3B glut. And Kemp before some injury struggles over the last 2 years played 399 games in a row and is a year younger, cheaper and IMO better than Elsbury. And his big contract only takes him to age 34.

      • Mick

        Kemp is IMO, the best name out there aside from Price but I don’t see the Cubs as being the best trade partner because if the Dodgers insist on pitching prospects, who would we have to possibly pique their interest? The teams I could see getting involved in a Kemp trade would be Boston, Seattle, Texas, and Kansas City.

  • AdamAE24

    Not sure who at all is left out there in free agency however I’m feeling like Tanaka is the only potential move the Cubs can make this offseason without it being a total joke and waste.

    I’ve been pretty supportive of the F.O. and new ownership, but this offseason is killing me.

  • http://www.rotochamp.com RotoChamp

    Dream Deal

    - Yankees need to add a SP, shed an OF, pick up some IF defense (utility backup type)
    - Dbacks were reportedly in on Beltran but turned down and are looking to add a ‘power’ bat at a corner OF spot

    So,

    Dbacks get Soriano
    Yankees get Shark and Barney
    Cubs get Skaggs, Eaton, Pineda, and what the heck….Gary Sanchez

    We could also throw in to either the Dbacks or Yankees some filler prospects to make it happen (Non big-5 like Olt, Villanueva, Alacantra, Vogs)

    • http://bleachernation.com woody

      That’s never going to happen.

    • Jason P

      So we traded a year and a half of Soriano for Corey Black…
      But the Diamondbacks are going to trade a year of Soriano for Adam Eaton and Tyler Skaggs.

      That simply isn’t going to happen.

      • http://www.rotochamp.com RotoChamp

        I live in AZ (not that it makes a difference), so I follow the dbacks fairly closely. They desperately want a power bat and were willing to open up the check book for Beltran….reports said they offered him 3/48. Now that he is off the market the best power bat available is Cruz. However, the dbacks have openly said they will avoid former PED users, so there is a near zero chance they sign him.

        Soriano certainly fills their biggest need and I am positive they would have great interest, so the question is how much are they willing to pay? When teams feel they are missing one big piece, they will overpay. The dbacks FO believes their missing piece is a power hitter to complement Goldschmidt. Certainly, Skaggs and Eaton would be an overpay. But they would be overpaying via a surplus. They’ve already said Bradley will have a chance to make the rotation, so that leaves Skaggs in a very expendable situation. With Corbin, Miley, Cahill, Delgado, and McCarthy it isn’t a guarantee Skaggs makes the rotation either.

        So, yeah, a deal like this probably won’t go down. But, you have to kick the tires here. Maybe the Dbacks would do it if we added somebody like Alacantra.

        • Mick

          If I were the DBacks, I’d consider trading for Jose Bautista from the Blue Jays. He’s been oft rumored to be on the block and fits within the same type of budget they were willing to give Beltran. Bautista has 2 years @ $14 mill/season with a 3rd year option left on his current deal so, a trade for Bautista would surely require Bradley, Skaggs, +,+,+.

    • ClevelandCubsFan

      Dittos. No way Arizona is giving that up for one year of Soriano.

      • http://www.rotochamp.com RotoChamp

        Keep in mind that Soriano hit 22 HRs in 289 ABs with the Yankees, so he has surprisingly increased his value since being traded from the Cubs. If we had kept Soriano and he put up the same stat line, we would be able to get a heck of a lot more than Corey Black in this offseason market.

        • http://www.rotochamp.com RotoChamp

          Oops…17 HRs, not 22.

    • cubfanbob

      Doesnt Sori still have his no trade clause in effect ?

  • tempe

    Maybe we should trade for Alfonso Soriano, a nice veteran with power that could provide protection for Rizzo and be a good role model for the younger Spanish speaking players. Oh, I forgot, we are paying him to play for the Yankees.

  • waffle

    just like everyone else I would love a few good FA signings, but which ACTUALLY fa’s are you whining about NOT getting? Hum….Hughes? Um….

    I mean really, I look at who is out there and what some of them got paid and I don’t really mind that we didn’t sign them. Probably the FA I was most interested in was Ellsbury, and even he I was only lukewarm on.

    Tanaka I consider a different deal entirely, but I wouldn’t be surprised if we got priced out of that one also. So be it.

    As an exercise I think folks should list their top 3 FA targets for this year, signed or not. To me it really isn’t a very exciting lot.

    • Crazyhorse

      This is where the front office come into play – last year the Redsox with all their signing and overhaul did not look glamour

    • sans

      Hughes
      Choo
      Gutierrez

      That wasn’t hard!

    • Crazyhorse

      Hit enter button by accident darn ,NO as a collective I don’t whine about who Theo drafts or signs in international market (the Lone exception was (Concepcion) to rebuild the farm.)
      Once again the problem is the production the Cubs receive from it 25 man roster and the band aide group of players signed by the Cubs.

    • JungleDrew

      Truthishly I don’t. See how we could be priced out on him…. our payroll is currenrly the lowest it has been in over a decade (61mil in 2000 was the lowest on BA)… We’re at 57 mil right now with the largest chunk of that amount owed to Soriano, even with a tight budget I have to assume there is no real limit that the cubs could spend on the right guy this year (Tanaka in this case)… Front load the deal so there is more space in payroll down the line

  • sans

    Everyone is bashing the Yankees – but guess what: they try to win EVERY SEASON. And a lot of the time, they’re successful.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      I’m not bashing them.

      But let’s not pretend like every organization has the financial ability to do what they do.

      • sans

        Perhaps not. But most teams have more financial flexibility than they let on. Many teams play the “broke” card conveniently.

        Meanwhile, the Yankees take their profits and invest them back into the team. Is that so bad?

        • MichiganGoat

          NO TEAM is comparable to the Yankee’s profit. Now these teams with huge billion dollar TV contracts are closer but so far that money has not bought a team a WS ring, and the Cubs have one of the cheapest TV deals in baseball. Try again.

          • Mayhem

            Cubs TV contracts 50M Texas Rangers TV contracts 80M. Cubs ticket and stadium revenues dwarf Texas, Look at Rangers spending. St Louis Cardinals, 20M TV Contract and much, much less in ticket sales and stadium revenues outspend Cubs.

            White Sox with same TV contracts as Cubs and make $100 Million less in ticket and stadium revenues than the Cubs but have had a higher payroll almost every year of Ricketts regime.

            List goes on and on.

          • sans

            Nobody said teams were comparable. TRY AGAIN!

            But most teams are cheap related to the amount of revenue they accomplish.

            Also, the Yankees wisely introduced a Telivision network, and expanded the Brand of their team. They’re taking the revenue from such successful ventures and investing it into the team. That’s to be applauded.

    • Rebuilding

      They find themselves in the same Catch 22 they were in the 80s. They keep paying overpriced, old veterans to plug holes, but with no help from the farm system. They keep springing leaks with no patches. The great Yankee teams of 98-2007 were homegrown with veteran additions – exactly what we are trying to do

      • aaronb

        How in the heck is a team “Homegrown” for 10 years? Did it matter that Posada and Jeter were once Yankee prospects once they were making 15-20 million dollars per year?

        • MichiganGoat

          Oh Aaron that’s only two of them keep going there were many others.

        • Rebuilding

          That’s the silliest comment you’ve made yet and that’s saying something. Sure it matters because they signed them to extensions for less than they would have made on the open market. It’s always easier to keep your own guys, because you know you’re the only one who can negotiate with them. Castro and Rizzo are prime examples – whether they work out is a question, but that’s the idea

        • DocPeterWimsey

          Heck, Yankees fans were lumping Pettite in with the “homegrown” even after he’d spent seasons pitching for other teams! Posada, Jeter, etc., all would have been Yankees by that point even if they had started with other teams, so it was a bit silly to call them “homegrown.”

          That is why I’m surprised that the Yanks didn’t re-sign Cano. They still like to tout the “homegrown” angle, even when the players are the wrong side of 30.

          • aaronb

            Exactly!

            The Yankees haven’t been perennial playoff attendees because they developed prospects back in 1994. They are contenders because they pull out all the stops to stay relevant at the MLB level.

            They don’t make excuses for a half decade of futility.

            • Rebuilding

              They will have to start making them soon. They don’t have a 1b even though they are paying one $22.5 million, they don’t have a 3b even though they are paying one $28 million, they don’t have a 2b at all, they have a 39 yo SS they are paying $17.5 million. You think this is good financial management?

              • aaronb

                I’d be willing to wager than both Arod and Tex outperform whoever the Cubs put at 3rd and Rizzo.

                The Yankees aren’t going to be hostage to hoping for a breakout from a 1st baseman with a .735 OPS.

                • wvcubsfan

                  I’d take that bet

                • DocPeterWimsey

                  I’ll take that bet, too.

                  Also, the situation is not so simple as that. The Yankees didn’t stand for a half decade of futility, you write. True: but they’ve never been more than a couple of pieces away from a 90 win team, either. A lot of that was because they brought up so much good talent in the mid-late 1990′s. That left them in a position to just add another piece or two each off-season to make up for the declining veteran or the departed free-agent. Their big pockets also let them make a few

                  Moreover, the Yanks went 13 seasons without a post-season appearance. Moreover, they actually were not even really competitive during a lot of that time: they were mired in 0.500 hell for a while.

                  And that’s the part people must not confuse. *Building* success is much, much more difficult than *maintaining* success. That is the flaw with the “keeping the team competitive” argument: the Cubs had not been competitive in two years by 2012, and the players that made the team competitive in 2009 were gone: either they were not on the Cubs, or they were shadows of their former selves. It took the Yankees a very long time to build success. Once they got it, they have been able to hang on to it for nearly two decades.

    • MichiganGoat

      Another alternate reality believer, where every team can spent like the Yankees and the Yankees didn’t build a dynasty on the backs of young homegrown talent. This is becoming as ridiculous as the Marvel universe. Baseball as a comic book perfect.

      • sans

        You’re okay with how the Cubs are doing things – along with the results – but have a problem with the Yankees?

        • Rebuilding

          I would much rather be in the Cubs position right now. They are going to spend $200 million, prob have 80% chance not to make the playoffs, have no farm system and will have the same problems 2-3 years from now with a 34 yo Ellsbury and 40 yo Beltran. No thanks

        • bbmoney

          I’d have a problem with the cubs acting like the Yankees right now. They don’t have he same resources and it’d become a disaster in a couple years. To ignore the differences in resources is to ignore reality.

          Huge differences in local tv revenues are very real and have a very real impact on teams abilities to act like the Yankees or dodgers.

          • MichiganGoat

            Ignoring reality IS his thing.

        • MichiganGoat

          Way to redirect and deflect the conversation, that is not what I said but again in your reality you will make up whatever will help you spew your bizarro version of reality. Try again and fail again thank you for playing.

          • sans

            You’re so hostile. Relax, dude. Get laid.

  • waffle

    I dunno, the current Yankees look pretty bad.

    Old team. Not enough pitching. Miserable defense. NO minor league talent. I think the wheels might be falling off that wagon here folks.

  • SenorGato

    Really like the Yankees’ offseason and how that franchise just doesn’t duck around when it comes to trying to win.

    They need to offer up Gary Sanchez for Samardzija.

  • Eternal Pessimist

    The Yankees have an entirely different cost structure than the Cubs and people need to stop thinking these Yankee signings are “bad contracts” in general.

    The Yankees generate tremendous revenue and the revenue per salary dollar spent is probably way more than the Cubs receive. The Cubs need to hit on every contract they sign while the Yankees (and Dodgers) can afford to make far more mistakes and trot a good team on the field…or just outspend and still benefit from very expensive contracts that would be bad contracts in Chicago.

    • Rebuilding

      Can we say they are bad contracts if they don’t make the playoffs? They would have been better to re-sign Cano, sign Choo and go all in on Tanaka

      • Rebuilding

        I personally wouldn’t hire Brian Cashman to run a lemonade stand

        • DocPeterWimsey

          You would be a fool, then. Well, maybe not for a lemonade stand (I have no idea what his skills are in the light refreshment industry), but Cashman is an excellent GM. Remember, in many ways, “Moneyball” was about how the Yankees *actually* won, not how the sports media portrayed how they won.

  • JulioZuleta

    I don’t think many people realize that Gardner is a Free Agent after this year. I’ve heard some trade proposals involving him going to rebuilding teams that make just no sense at all. I saw somewhere a proposal of a Chris Sale deal with Brett Gardner as the centerpiece, along with other fairly significant prospects/young players (at least, significant within the Yankees system). Makes no sense. Gardner is going to be an odd fit for a trade. The Yankees won’t want to trade him to other competing teams, especially in the AL, and a rebuilding team won’t want him on a one year deal. Maybe a second-tier contender in the NL like the Reds? Maybe in a Phillips trade? I don’t know, but the Yankees outfield is very crowded.

    • JulioZuleta

      Not to mention, I don’t think some people realize Gardner is 30. Not ancient, but as young as most people seem to perceive.

      • MichiganGoat

        Well be prepared for the Shark for Gardner trade arguments, and that would be a horrible return.

        • JulioZuleta

          Yeah, that’d be a non-starter for me. Not interested in 1 year of a speed-first 30 year old LF with very little power and some contact issues. And the speed is declining. I know SBs are not a great stat for gauging speed, but if your primary asset is speed, you need to steal more than 24 bases to be a significant trade piece in my eyes. Fine player, but pass.

          • sans

            Yeah. Nobody has or will advocate such a trade.

            • sans

              But I’d still like to have him.

          • Mick

            A league leading OBP leadoff hitter with great speed and defense could net a team pretty decent prospect at the trade deadline and that’s what Brett Gardner has the potential to be. The $5 million savings the Yanks would get might be enough for them to trade him for a deep prospect. We could platoon Lake with Bogusevic in LF until after the deadline. I’d be completely in favor of that type of move.

            • JulioZuleta

              He was 50th in OBP and 19th in SBs last year. Sure I’d make the trade for a “deep prospect,” but that’s not what people are talking about now. He’s being mentioned as a significant piece in a Samardzija deal, which is insane.

      • Crazyhorse

        Stop with the above 30 its getting “old”. Players that cant perform over thirty tend to get contracts that reflect their production . The Cubs do sign these players at times we signed Wright . its unloading these contracts that have been a problem- some teams do better than others . Having a bad contract on a team is not the end of the world it gonna happen no matter how good the front office is or was and is again. Its when roster spots are filled with underperforming players regardless to finiacial dollars that hurt the Cubs.
        When the Cubs go sign a backup catcher that hits 180 and whiffs 33 percent of the time and throws poorly to second so runners don’t steal , and pays 1.5 million dollars that on paper hurts the Cubs . its roster spot deserves better productivity for 1.5 million.

        • Crazyhorse

          LOL( ….runners can steal )

        • JulioZuleta

          I’m not saying 30 is that old, I just think if you asked most people how old Brett Gardner was, their gut response would probably be 27 or 28. Also, 30 IS pretty old when you’re a speed-first player. First skill to diminish.

  • http://bleachernation.com woody

    I agree with REBUILDING on the A-rod suspension. I am thinking maybe the Axford deal gets done real quick and maybe announced soon. The way the Yankees and Mariners are spending money I can almost guarantee that the Cubs won’t get Tanaka. I haven’t heard any news about Scott Baker and if there were any teams interested in him. I know his velocity wasn’t there this year, but I thought his control and his approach to hitters was pretty good. He’s a guy that could come back full strength in 2014. I am perplexed that the Cubs could give Edwin Jackson 52 million dollars (including signing bonus) for four years and then offer Samardzija 5 years at 55 million. All the talk about him being a face of the franchise and they pay him the same as Jackson. I think if you gave every GM in baseball a choice between the two not one would take Jackson. The Astros gave Feldman 10 million a year for three years. How many guy in the league average above 9 strikeouts per 9 innings and strike out over 200 batters per season? I liked Feldman a lot, but he has no upside. Can’t blame the Shark for wanting to get paid. I’ll bet Ricketts could squeeze a buffalo nickle until it craps!

  • Blackhawks1963

    Heyman says the Yanks now intend to blow thru the luxury tax. They are definitely in on Tanaka, are talking with Garza today and are also talking to San Diego about Headley and the White Sox about Beckham and Santisgo.

    Choo is favored to go to Seattle, Boston or Baltimore.

    • Rebuilding

      If true, the Yankees will be paying a 50% tax on any dollar above $189 million. So essentially they will have to pay 1.5x their offer to Tanaka. Here’s a good article on it:

      http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/the-effects-of-the-luxury-tax/

      • aaronb

        God bless them if they are willing to pay it. Sure beats whining to your fans about how tough your financial situation is. Or how you need more revenue (4th in forbes) before you can invest in MLB players.

        Remind me again how that doesn’t sound like McCourt?

        • Rebuilding

          Other than the messy divorce and bankruptcy filings? For starters having Theo Epstein running the team instead of Ned Colletti is a huge upgrade. As for the Yankees, as I said above, if the Cubs are ever in the position of paying a 1b $22.5 million and a 3b $28 million not to play, and then adding in $17.5 million to a 39 yo SS on his last legs, and $15 million to a 37 yo RF, and $23 million to a 33 yo old “ace” with a 4.78 ERA – then I will buy the pitchforks and start the bonfire on Addison

          • aaronb

            Do you anticipate the Cubs ever having a better record than the Yankees? What year do you figure this will happen?

            • Rebuilding

              I could see it happening as early as 2015 and would say its better than 50/50 by 2016. They are an 85 win team on paper and will only be getting worse

  • Fastball

    Yankees are a wealthy team $$ wise. Andbthere midel works for them repeatedly. They have mire WS than anybody in histiry of MLB and more playoff appearances than anyone else. They might publicly say they want to be under the cap. Behind closed doors they dont give damn about that salary cap. Its a speed bump they just go around. They can and will buy whomever they want. Next mive is takung Phillips frim the Reds this week. Age doesnt matter to the Yankees either. Veterans getbthe job donebin pinbstripes period. It happens just about every year. I cant hate the player. Ya have to hate the game.

  • Fastball

    Posting from a phone sucks

  • JulioZuleta

    Disclaimer: I think the Yankees have had a really solid offseason, and it’s going to get better when they sign a starter or two. That being said, I get amused when I look at their roster. Let’s start with the OF ages as of Opening Day 2014 and approximate salary (not all is paid by NYY (see: Wells and Soriano)). A. Soriano-38-$18M; V. Wells-36-$21M; C. Beltran-36-$15M; J. Ellsbury-30-$22M; Ichiro-40—6.5M; Gardner30~$5M.

    Add it all up and you get 6 players that are a combined 210 years old (avg.-35) making approx. $87M next season. Other Ages/Salaries– H. Kuroda- Kuroda-39–$16M; D. Jeter- 39-$12M; A-Rod*-38 -$25M (+6M Bonus if he hits 6 homeruns (for tying Mays)).

    Even their “young” players aren’t so young. CC Sabathia—33- $23M; M. Texeira- 35-$22.5M.

    Two thoughts: While they have some terrible contracts, I’m jealous of their ability to spend. Also, if the Yankees had this lineup in 2007, they would probably break the record for runs.

    • Rebuilding

      It’s almost comical how bad their contracts are. They are paying $50 million to two guys (ARod and Tex) who likely won’t even play or will play badly. They have NO pitching. Sabathia was barely hitting 90 last year and looks done. Kuroda was going to retire and is 38. They have nothing else. They might have to unretire Andy Pettite again

      • aaronb

        I bet they won’t even win the $/WAR title this year…..Luckily they might have an actual World Series title to make themselves feel better.

        • JulioZuleta

          Yeah, I have no problem if they want to have a $500M payroll, and like I said, I think they’ve had a good offseason. I just question their strategy lately. In what has been a “down” period by their standards, they have continued to sign/trade for aging, expensive players. They should be doing a better job building up the farm instead of making desperation moves to try to stay marginal contenders. I get it that they have the money to sign any free agent they want, but good free agents are becoming less and less available due to extensions, and they don’t even have the assets to really make impact trades right now. I know the Yankees can’t rebuild, but they have left themselves in a tough spot. That said, if they add two good starters, they could contend for a WS this year.

          • aaronb

            Completely agree that they need to step up their player development. I just applaud them for staying good at the MLB level why they work on that (if they are working on it…which I’m sure they are).

      • YourResidentJag

        The AARP of MLB. :)

  • TK

    Shark, a reliever plus $$$ for Banuelos, Sanchez, DePaula and Gardner?

  • Drew7

    Nicely done dropping the “usurp” in there, Ace.

  • Die hard

    Every Yankee game will be an Old-Timers event

  • Canadian Cubs Fan

    I think Brian Cashman is one of the worst GM’s in baseball. I truly hope they’re shitty again.

    And I hope ARods suspension gets reduced to 75 games or something.

    Yes, they’ve made the playoffs 11 of 13 years, but the way they do business is embarrassing.

  • Brains

    i hate the yankees. but they treat their players right, gain their loyalty, and do what it takes to compete. theo doesn’t have loyalty from one player, only fans who wish they were in middle management. what does that say?

    • roz

      It tells me that you’re just spouting nonsense to bash anything Cubs related.

      • Brains

        i am totally bashing the current state of the team. if it comes to our best signing as joba then i am completely and utterly right.

  • Die hard

    Yankees plan is to make Soriano feel young by signing as many over 35 they can — the NY Cranknees

  • Die hard

    At least Yankees try to win each year while Cubs try to win 5 yrs from now- rather do it Yankees way

    • Brains

      i would say that the cubs are *not* trying to win now or 5 years from now. that takes veterans and a solid middle of the lineup. now that we’ve passed on the best free agent pool for the next several years there’s nothing to work with. everything rests on the shoulders of a few 20 year olds. odds say one or two of them will be good, and a few will be mediocre or worse. that leaves us years of waiting for nothing. bad business and bad plan.

      our pitching projects to be a huge problem since we insult our current pitchers, don’t have any in development, and won’t hire any.

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