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Thursday, February 21, 2013

TGS NY: Return of The Boss? Hal shows spirit

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here is no doubt that a year ago, he was serious about trimming the payroll to $189 million, to keep his team under the new revenue-sharing threshold that kicks in for the 2014 season.

“It was an absolute mandate,’’ a source told me.

But recently, it has become obvious that the expected windfall from the payroll cut—as much as $60 million in rebates and luxury tax reductions—is likely to be a whole lot less, since three of the teams that had been expected to qualify for revenue sharing (Atlanta, Washington and Toronto) are now expected to be successful at the box office, and thus are no longer eligible for baseball’s version of corporate welfare.

And there is another, more visceral reason for Steinbrenner’s attitude adjustment. He seems to have learned what his father instinctively knew: That everyone loves a winner, but nobody likes a finance geek.

According to the proverbial insider with knowledge, Hal was “freaked out’’ by the negative reaction from Yankees fans at what they perceived to be a trend toward “cheapness’’ from a club that had always been known for wild extravagance.

This seems more like Wally Matthews reading way too much into Steinbrenner’s comments about considering an extension for Cano.  There’s nothing in here directly from Steinbrenner indicating a change in his philosophy.  But I do think there’s something to the fan backlash (and I’m guessing worse than expected season ticket sales) that will cause the Yankees to re-think their austerity budget.

If only there were players worth spending the money on…

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worse than expected ticket sales? what a shock, a non-great team and the removal of StubHub and the ability to easily sell the unneeded tickets.

The inference that Matthews is drawing—the $189m budget will be abandoned—is not necessitated by the data.  The data are (1) the fan backlash, (2) lower than originally expected rewards for getting under the cap next year, and (3) the possibility of losing Cano if the budget is not exceeded. Those factors and others may lead Hal to change the business plan, but they may not.

Yeah baybee!!!

http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/02/21/3245399/rapper-ja-rule-set-to-leave-ny.html

Didn’t Ja Rule already sign with the Mariners weeks ago?

Yes but his release from prison was a condition precedent to the contract.

Per Jack Curry, Granderson is taking fly balls in LF today. I know there’s not a huge upgrade to switch Gardner to CF, but I would like to see that just for the sake of seeing the organization take a step in to the right direction.

Can Ja Rule catch?

I guess I’d rather the Yankees stick to $189MM budget if that also forces them to do more building from within, then have an “unlimited” budget and make stupid signings just for the sake of making the signings (Arod, Soriano, etc).  Or trading youth for overpriced veterans that add 1 win now but burden the team later.  The Yankees have a number of high-end prospects that should start to pay dividends in 2014, IF they are patient.

All that said, it would be nice if $189MM was a goal rather than a ceiling.  That is, try to build the team to be under $189MM, but if acquiring a dynamic player puts them up to $195MM for one year, do it.

I used to like Wally Matthews, but then I realized he was stealing lines without attribution from that NY Post writer from the thirties and forties—can’t think of his name, but you know who I mean.  Contemporary of Damon Runyon.

All that said, it would be nice if $189MM was a goal rather than a ceiling.  That is, try to build the team to be under $189MM, but if acquiring a dynamic player puts them up to $195MM for one year, do it.

Absolutely. The Yankees should be trying to build a team with a soft budget, but given their resources they should not self-impose a hard cap. I think a lot of this stems from the realization that Cano is going to cost a lot to keep and the internal options are not great.

Generally, it’s a bad idea to let a player who is on HOF track leave if you can reasonably keep them.

I think a lot of this stems from the realization that Cano is going to cost a lot to keep and the internal options are not great.

Quite probably some of it has to do with lesser than expected savings as well. 

Generally, it’s a bad idea to let a player who is on HOF track leave if you can reasonably keep them.

Right, the problem will be if they can “reasonably” keep him. I think that they can - especially if they’re more willing to go over the $189MM some years - but that isn’t a guarantee.

Nunez has a near-death experience taking batting practice from Joba:

“It was close; I was so scared,” Nunez said. “It’s been a long time that you’re not used to the speed. Now the first day it’s behind my head, I was so scared; I didn’t want to hit anymore.”

I don’t know.  It seems we are all about criticizing the Yankees for the A-Rod and even Jeter’s last contract but when a player like C.C. and Cano become free agents the talk is “we have to keep them.”  Well the downside of it is the second half of that contract.  It’s kind of hard to have it both ways and it is kind of hard to keep players like Cano, C.C. and A-Rod before them without “overspending”.

And, yeah, color me skeptical on this article.  It makes all the sense in the world to see the fans reaction, the media’s reaction, and even the Vegas/stat head reaction to the Yankees current off-season and assume they will rethink the $189 plan but until they actually make a move which signals they are changing course or someone comes out and says it directly, I’m not sure I’m going to buy it.

If they muddle their way into the playoffs this season and think they can have a comparable team next year at $189, they will probably stick to it. If they miss the playoffs this year and expect to have a worse team next year, I’m not as sure, but at this point you can’t really spend money to improve your team, so it’s not an issue until the next offseason.

[14] Joba is practicing for Youk and trying to improve the team at the same time.

I approve.

[15] I don’t think anyone is saying that the Yankees have to keep Cano, but it is silly to lose Cano because of a self-imposed salary cap. Cano is clearly one of the best players in baseball right now. The issue with signing him isn’t the money it’s the length of the contract. I doubt they will be able to get him for the 6 years I would prefer, but they should definitely not go over 8 years.

[18] ...unless it’s longer at the same total $s. 20/200 or bust.

If the Yankees knew Russell Martin could be Jeter’s replacement at short, I wonder if they would have gone to two years for him!

<quote>a trend toward “cheapness’’ from a club that had always been known for wild extravagance.</quote>

[10] Yeah, there’s a difference between wild extravagance and running a well-funded ball club properly. I think most people would like to see the latter.

[15] Pretty much what [18] is saying.  They can’t let Cano go *if* the contract is reasonable.  Basically we want the Yankees to be aggressive early and try to convince Cano to not let Boras take him to market.  At the same time as that, we don’t want any silly contracts.  Each person has their own definition of “silly”.  As an example, a number of people wanted to pay BJ Upton no more than half what he got from Atlanta…and Atlanta is always thought of as a well-run team that isn’t really big market - either top of mid-market or bottom of big-market, but not a NY, Boston, LA type.  I thought that deal for Upton was something the Yankees should have been in on.

I’m pretty comfortable that Cano will be a very good (or better) player for the next 6 seasons (2014-2019).  I find it unlikely he’ll even average 10 years out.  It’s season 7 and 8 I’m most up in the air about.  Given all that…I’d like to see something like 6/150 guaranteed (like 6/144 with $6MM total in buyouts), and then two $25MMM option years.  Based on cost per win by then, he may only need to be a 3 win player to justify that - or actually 2 wins since Yankees don’t need to pay exactly market prices - but Yankees are protected from him being RL or worse.

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