When you add up the revenue sharing refunds with the savings on the luxury tax and the decrease in payroll, ownership will stand to make in excess of $50 million annually in exchange for staying under the $189 million threshold. .....In other words, get ready for some lean winters, and start praying to the deity of your choice that the front office crew has a dramatic turnaround in their track record of developing starting pitchers.
In my book, it's dubious to count money saved in decreased payroll as an incentive - "you'll save $5 by not spending $5 dollars" is stating the obvious. It would be better to say the Yankees will save around $30 million in revenue sharing and luxury tax by spending $20 million less on payroll for 2014, but when you put it that way, I think the argument becomes a lot weaker.
There is no precedent for the Yankees holding back due to finances. Sure, they've gotten wiser these past few seasons, but avoiding overpriced mediocre free agents is a seperate issue. When the Yankees have a need, and an elite player is available to fill it, money has never been an object. I don't expect that it will be going forward.
- On a lighter note, this would never work if you or I tried it, especially if this is what's in the gift basket.
- The Yankee Analysts takes a closer look at maximizing A-Rod's playing time in 2012 and beyond, primarily by DHing him 5-6 times a month, as opposed to the 8-10 times a year he's been doing it the past few seasons, thus proving my tagline correct.
- Per Jon Heyman, who's faily well connected, the bidding on Yu Darvish is sky-high. So that brings us to today's poll: