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Posted 22 November 2013 - 04:31 PM
Also wanted to add a high five to Brett for the outstanding writing he does. I've learned more about the nuances of the game this last season than I had since I became a baseball fan.
Posted 22 November 2013 - 06:15 PM
The matter with the Stankees is as to whether the money saved from an A-roid suspension counts towards the luxury tax threshold or not. I do not personally know the answer to this deal. I see them going after either Tanaka or Cano, not both, and chances is it's Cano. More likely, they bring back Kuroda on another short term deal and either acquire a pitcher through a trade with one of their catching prospects or sign someone on an incentive laden "prove it" deal like Halladay or Haren
Posted 22 November 2013 - 07:22 PM
I'm not sure it matters how much money the Yankees have to spend on Tanaka, what matters is how much they think the team that will finish second will have to spend.
If the Yankees have $200 million laying around, but they are convinced that the next highest bid can't possibly be higher than $65 million, then they aren't going to drop $200 million just 'cause. They'll bid something between $65 million and $70 million, probably.
Even if they aren't confident that $65 million is the highest possible bid for anyone else they won't blow their entire cash stack. They'll try to figure out what the lowest safe bid will be.
And that is why I don't think the Yankees will automagically be awarded Tanaka just because they could outbid anyone. The fact is that they won't get a chance to outbid anyone. They, and the rest of the teams, will make one blind bid. If the Yankees guess wrong, Tanaka's rights will go elsewhere.
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