February 16, 2004

Throwing Money at a World Series Trophy

POST #    768

The Evil Empire is at it again. With the impending acquisition of Alex Rodriguez, baseball's best player, baseball's richest team is trying to buy their 27th World Series. There is no doubt that A-Rod is the best player in baseball, but despite the fact that he was the AL MVP last year, he couldn't lift the Rangers out of the cellar. My feeling is that A-Rod won't be getting that ring with the Yankees this year.

Did the Yankees even need another player like A-Rod, probably not. But they went out and got him, raising their payroll to about $190 million. That's an insane amount of money and almost seven times as high as the Devil Rays. I'm guessing that Yankee payroll goes up to $210 million by the end of the season, add luxury taxes and revenue sharing, and that figure goes up to around $300 million. Mark my words, heads will roll at the end of the season. Lucky for Joe Torre, he is retiring at the end of the season.

The Yankee's potential lineup is insane. Not just in hitting prowess, but in salary. Assuming Kenny Lofton is in center, Bernie Williams is at DH, Miguel Cairo is at 2nd, and Kevin Brown is pitching, the team's per inning salary will be a healthy $72,013. $72,013...per inning!!

It should be noted that A-Rod has never played 3rd base. Cal Ripkin, the hall of fame shortstop/3rd basemen said of the two positions, "I used to get hit in the cup all the time at third. Then I moved to shortstop, and didn't get hit there for 15 years. Then I moved back to third, and got hit again." Here's to seeing A-Rod take a few in the cup.

Oh, and a final note from Tim Kurkjian "They now have four players -- Rodriguez, Kevin Brown, Jason Giambi and Derek Jeter -- who have $100 million contracts. No team has ever won a World Series with a player who has a $100 million contract. No team has ever had four such guys."

- ESPN.com: A-Rod's move to NY awaits Selig's Approval
- ESPN.com: A-Rod trade winners, losers
- ESPN.com: Fantasy Spin: A-Rod to Yankees
- Gothamist on the A-Rod deal and on A-Rod wanting to know NY

Posted by tien mao in Sports at 7:20 AM



Boston really has to be kicking themselves right now. All they needed to do was throw in a few extra million, and they dump Nomar and that headcase Man-Ram and replace them with A-Rod and Maggie Ordonez. But they get cold feet, and now the Yankees have A-Rod and the Sox are stuck with an unhappy Nomar and a dog in Man-Ram.

All that said, I still think Boston improved more than NY this offseason. It's all about pitching - subtract clemens and petitte in NY and add Schilling and Foulke in Boston. The Yankees may score 1,000 runs but Boston had a great offense last year and where did that get them?

I can't believe I'm actually discussing baseball! I should probably go lie down......

Posted by: Justin at February 16, 2004 9:22 AM

you're right justin. pitching is very important. the ny times addresses the pitching situation. hopefully you have recovered from your temporary bout of baseball insight.

it's almost like when homer took the baptismal for maggie.

Posted by: tien at February 16, 2004 1:55 PM

While the Yanks' pitching situation is of concern, right now I'm just basking in the joy of knowing how pissed off the Boston fans are right now.

Posted by: Keith at February 16, 2004 5:25 PM

Hey Tien,

Word on the street is that Steinbrenner heard that your blog has over 21,000 hits in its lifetime. Pete Gammons says he's about to make it an offer and see if it doesn't mind playing 2nd base.

Posted by: Maine at February 16, 2004 5:39 PM

maine, i'm a hall of famer 7 times over.

Posted by: tien at February 16, 2004 6:03 PM

It does all come down to pitching. I'll give the Yanks Mussina and Vazquez as good pitchers, but the rest are just not reliable. Brown will get hurt, Contreras is unproven, and Lieber is old and coming off a lost season.

Posted by: Joe at February 17, 2004 9:50 AM

I highly recommend the book Moneyball, which is about the Oakland A's and how they build a very competitive team with a low salary threshold. It is an easy read, and something to think about, in terms of how you look at data differently and apply it to your situation.

Posted by: skutchie at February 17, 2004 1:55 PM

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