Here is the 2014 New York Yankees payroll as it stands today.
Money (Photo credit: davebarger)
Now if you want to know if I included Alex Rodriguez paycheck, of course I did.
Why wouldn’t I have?
A-Rod’s suspension is not to blame for the Yankees payroll issues, and Yankees fans need to stop acting like it because they don’t like him.
I hope A-Rod isn’t suspended, first because he has not been treated fairly by MLB and Commissioner Bud Selig.
And secondly because the Yankees are dumpster diving again, and I cannot take it anymore. And I will bet you my left arm that A-rod’s replacement will come from the bargain bin.
Regardless of what al the hater fans believe, A-Rod is still an above average third baseman and his bat makes the line-up tougher for opposing pitchers.
The Yankees dug themselves into this hole, and I am fine with them wanting to get out of it by staying under $189 million, but that is not what us fans have been told.
Owner Hal Steinbrenner and President Randy Levine have both stated many times that staying under $189 million is a goal, not a mandate, and that fielding a championship caliber team will always come first.
And fact is the table below proves that the Yankees will miss the playoffs if they don’t go over $189 million.
Like 2013, risks are being taken with no back-up plan, and that formula doesn’t work. The team is setting records for aging players with major injury histories. Sure, April and May will prove everybody wrong again until the newness of the season wears off.
It is not fans fault that the farm system is rotten, it is the Yankees and money is the only way to get things back on track for this season.
Roberts was on track to be an Oriole-lifer, as he had spent all of his 13-years in Baltimore until now.
No doubt Roberts was one of the best second baseman in the game thorough the 2009 season, but that guy is long, long gone.
Over the last four seasons Roberts only appeared in 192 games, which averages about 48 per season, due to suffering from an incessant number of injuries.
The Baltimore Sun summed up Roberts’s troubles as, “beingsidelined by multiple concussions, back and hip injuries and a hamstring injury he suffered in the third game of this past season that required surgery as well.”
The amended protocol will open up the market for smaller MLB teams to go after Japanese players because the cap levels the playing field. And just as before, the posting fee will not count towards the team’s payroll as the money directly goes to the respective Japanese team as a “releasing fee.”