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There were gaping holes on this team that they failed to fill, largely b/c they wouldn't give more than one-year to anyone but Ichiro.
TAMPA, Fla. — Strange rumblings about fiscal restraint and lower payrolls have been emanating from the Yankees for several months, and Hal Steinbrenner, the managing general partner of the team, confirmed Thursday that he wants the payroll to be cut by about $20 million, down to the critical threshold of $189 million, within two years.
“I’m looking at it as a goal, but my goals are normally considered a requirement,” Steinbrenner said while speaking to reporters in the lobby of George M. Steinbrenner Field, named after his father. “Is it a requirement with baseball that we be at 189? No, it’s not a requirement. But that is going to be the luxury tax threshold, and that’s where I want to be.”
It appears that the Yankees are standing pat on a thirteen or fourteen. But I think the organization has earned my benefit of the doubt; first we need to determine if they are actually doing this. Second, we need to determine if this is a good strategy.
Wouldn't giving them the benefit of your doubt mean you believe them when the say they're going to do it?
he's not a great player in his mid-twenties
Steinbrenner said the payroll was expected to be $210 million this year, and he conceded that was about $10 million higher than he had planned. But when General Manager Brian Cashman asked to sign the free-agent pitcher Hiroki Kuroda to a one-year, $10 million contract, he agreed to stretch the payroll.
They only played 161 games that year, so that's why I assume it was phrased that way
this phrase exposes the deep, deep groupthink of this site, with not a single on-the-record quote to back it up.
I trust you take this one back?
But the team is old and hurt. I'd be all for a more aggressive tear down. Or, if they had wanted to go all-in again and sign a bunch of FAs; I'd have been fine with that too.
My complaint is being stuck in the middle. The world where they resign Cano to a 8/200 deal, let Granderson, Kuroda, Youkilis, Hughes and Pettitte leave w/o replacing them, but don't trade them to get anything back, is a no mans land that I think condemns you to mediocrity for several years.
You know that with Murhpy's law Ichiro will so hit 30 HR this year.
I've truly lost track of which groupthink is being referred to.
pulled Cano and Wang outta their arse.
Knowing the team, they'll probably pull some useful player out of nowhere this season again, so it wouldn't look quite as bad.
Yes. "Typifies" rather than "exposes" is a neater word which gets to my meaning better. Thanks for the opportunity.
What's really going to be interesting is to see if the Yankees try to hold the line on their ticket prices after the disaster that seems to be shaping up this year and probably 2014 as well.
Will the Yankees finish with a better record than the Mets this year, Andy? Because that's the real question.
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