“The 189 is a goal. It’s important, and it’s certainly a goal that we take seriously and we’re going to strive for, but as I’ve said before on numerous occasions, it’s not going to come at the expense of fielding a championship-caliber team. We know that’s what we’re expected to do, and we’re going to do it.” (Click HERE to listen to the entire interview.)
Friday’s signing of Carlos Beltran for 3-years and $45 million, leaves the Yankees with about $5 million left to spend before going over the $189 million in payroll.
The Mariners handed Cano a 10-year deal worth $240 million, which at point-blank is an absurd contract when it is not.
In order for the irrelevant Mariners to get one of the top five best players in the game to come to Seattle, they were going to have to hand over the kitchen sink.
Cano’s new contract falls under the same “relevancy” category that Knicks Amar’e Stoudemire‘s 5-year, $99,743,996 deal does. Teams overpay a superstar to get fans back and entice other players, it happens in all walks of life.
Getting back to Hal….John Harper of the New York Post reported yesterday that the Yankees didn’t even budge when Cano’s camp called to tell them of the Seattle deal.
What makes no sense is that the Yankees wouldn’t go above $175 million and seven-years for Cano, but were willing to shell out eight-years and $169 million to get Jacoby Ellsbury?
Why did the Yankees not counter with an eight-year, $200 million offer?
The only logical answer is because they were afraid Cano might accept that number, and reality is he was not apart of the Yankees plans to begin with.
Any one with a half-a-brain knows this whole ordeal stinks of the Yankees scheming to make Cano look greedy, when they did not even pursue him.
The fact here is baseball-wise, Cano is far superior to Ellsbury in every aspect, unless the Yankees can front office cannot do math at all.
In my opinion, the issue here is that Hal only breaks out the calculator for payroll because that is all he ever cared about.
Are you wondering how the heck I know this fact about Yankees inherited owner Hal?
It is not some big secret, as you know already whether you care to admit it or not.
And that is the current, Cano-less and Beltran gained state of the Yankees is NOT a championship caliber team and it will take a boatload more than $5 million bucks to make it one.
Signing Beltran was kind of pointless when you think about it, as the outfield was already over-loaded and considering all the other holes that are still not filled. Obviously, Beltran was signed to soften the Cano-blow, and distract fans anger when homegrown Brett Gardner gets dealt.
The bottom line here is if Hal Steinbrenner was a man of his word, he would have at least made a counter offer for eight-years and $196-$200 million to keep Cano.
Why, you ask?
The Yankees took a major step backwards yesterday, and are trying to pin it on Cano when they treated him so carelessly.
Fact is the team as it stands is way further away compared to last off-season from being the championship contender we were promised.
**Almost forgot….. the A-Rod salary factor can be chalked up to good timing, if he gets suspended like the Yankees brass is praying happens for the whole season. So please don’t let the Yankees and Hal make A-Rod the villain again here when they might announce signing Bartolo Colon in the next week.