Tag:Free Agents
Posted on: December 23, 2008 5:12 pm

Yanks, Teixeira agree on 8-year deal

So looks like the Yankees have cleaned up on Free Agency this year.

Not only did they get the number 1 and number 2 free agents in CC Sabathia and Mark Teixeira they also overpaid for a bumped out arm in AJ Burnett.

So what now?  Well looks like the Yankees are going to pay even further into the luxury tax program.  They also need to figure out what they are going to do with the plethora of players they now have sitting around.

Taking a serious look at their roster I see so clear answers and some others quite fague:

The obvious

1B - Mark Teixeira
2B - Robinson Cano (rumoured a lot to be traded this offseason)
SS - Derek Jeter
3B - Alex Rodriguez

The not so obvious

C - Jorge Posada - Bum arm may not enable him to return to the catching role.  Then what?  OF is crowded, DH is crowded, and 1B is full.
    - Jose Molina - more than likely to take over the catching role or at least the majority of the games

OF - Johnny Damon - I suspect won't move but could see platoon role
      - Xavier Nady - can't leave this bat out
      - Nick Swisher - I smell platoon role or trade coming.  You should probably try and trade him if you have him on your fantasy team          before the other suckers realize what just happened.
      - Melky Cabrera - Looks like Cabrera will have a lot of slivers on the bench or will need a trade
      - Hideki Matsui - How quickly he has been fogotten with his injuries.   Probably will be a platoon machine but then bench will and him will become very intimate.

It's one thing to sign a whole bunch of free agents and another thing to not actually need all of them...  hopefully Cashman has some plans to get some value back for all these over the hill overpayed players who will find a lot of time on the bench.
Posted on: December 23, 2008 10:47 am

Financial State of Baseball

Free agents and particularly Mark Teixeira could provide a nice boost to any team.

The question is can these teams really afford to dump so much salary just on one player? (Estimated around $20-23 million a season for 8-10 years)  Yes the Yankees and the Red Sox can but  the Orioles, Nationals, and the Angels should focus on building from within and on finding cheaper free agent bargains. 

Most teams in baseball can barely afford to keep the team they have let alone add a huge salary like Tex's.  The Padres for example are having a fire sale on prize possessions like Jake Peavy who comes at a bargain rate of around $12 million a season for 4 more seasons.  This is a huge discount for a former Cy-Young winner particularly when players like AJ Burnett who has barely stayed healthy for a full season with almost a career 4 era just went for $17 million a season.  (Note: thank goodness he is no longer a Blue Jay)

You can already see a huge drop in corporate sponsorships within sports.  This was happening before the bust of the world economy took front and centre stage.  Top that off with a decreasing market for baseball and you have a perfect storm of financial trouble in the MLB.

Yes the Rays made a good run on a small budget in 09'.  They did it however on having almost the worst record in baseball for 10 straight years and being rewarded with high draft picks.  Fortunately they were able to draft well, keep a good portion of their prospects, and many of them are beginning to pan out.  Shame no one attends their games to see how good they really are.  Unfortunately for the Rays as soon as there players become eligible for free agency they won't be able to afford to keep any of them.

It would be nice to get some serious discussions surrounding change in baseball to increase interest.  Maybe around issues like increasing the number of teams in the playoffs, tweaking the divisions possibly into conferences, salary caps, increase the pitching rate, remove the batter eligibility to step outside of the batters box once the bat begins, trading draft picks, instant replay to other aspects of the game, or even reducing the sheer number of games.  I don't subscribe to any of these necessarily but I do think they should be considered more seriously than just an off the cuff joke over a festive beverage.

Maybe it's time to move on past the Selig era and into the Gen X era and take a serious look into changes.  Something a little more exciting and controversial than a Home Run review cam.  Honestly was that really so hard to adopt?  Yeah my 93 year old Grandma can't be bothered to use a cell phone but then again she can't make it to the ball park either anymore...

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