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Yankees: Biggest mistake was being cheap about Martin and Ibanez

What happens when you choose cheapness over quality? 

Russell Martin

Russell Martin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It usually winds up costing you more in the long run.

And that is the New York Yankees in a nutshell, as the stinginess of inherited owner Hal Steinbrenner is now getting exposed like I expected it would.

Admittedly, this group of makeshifts had most of Yankee Universe fooled and made me second-guesses myself because they played so well in April and May.

But reality was these were other team’s castoffs and has-beens who were obviously just exceeding expectations, not having a pinstripe revival.

The 2012 Yankees won the division with a mix of bargain bin guys and quality players, but it seems they got greedy this past off-season.

The Yankees front office’s decision to let Nick Swisher walk and sign with the Tribe was expected. Swisher’s off-season numbers were terrible, plus he could get more money from another team.

Most Yankee fans assumed that ownership would keep starting catcher Russell Martin, and designated hitter Raul Ibanez.

Ibanez proved he could still rake as he had three clutch homers in the 2012 post season. While Martin was the only starting catcher on the roster so both players had big roles in the team’s success in 2012.

Ibanez earned $1.1 million in 2012, and it was said that the Yankees were hoping to bring the veteran lefty back. But cheapness came into play once again, as Mark Feinstein of the NY Daily News confirmed via twitter.

Now Martin’s situation is a tad more puzzling.

See the Yankees had made a 3-year, $20 million offer to Martin during 2011 Spring Training. So when the news broke that Martin had inked a 2-year, $17 million deal to be the backstop for the Pirates, it left Yankee fans perplexed.

Both players had openly expressed a want to stay in New York, but GM Brian Cashman blamed other priorities and budget for the reason no offers were even made.

Hal Steinbrenner’s cheapness is the reason the Yankees are falling fast.

After losing their fifth game in a row, and getting swept in Baltimore by their division rival Orioles, the Yankees are now in fourth place in the AL East.

Fans can pretty much bet that by the end of this coming weekend the Yankees will be sitting in the AL East cellar, as Toronto is lurking just two games behind them.

The Yankees are losing a lot of games by a run or two, which only proves Hal’s cheapness on Martin and Ibanez a colossal mistake.

Look at their 2013 batting stats; Ibanez has already hit the same number of homers (19) that he did in 2012. I also added Swisher’s stats too.

(All stats come courtesy of mlb.com and baseball-reference.com)

Ibanez, Martin & Swisher - 2013 batting stats
N. Swisher682513859100151829386300.2350.3400.3980.227
R. Martin64226295694140830274250.2480.3410.4160.180
R. Ibanez612283056124721945155900.2460.2920.5440.340

Bottom line is Hal Steinbrenner reiterated his dad’s promise to Yankee fans that the commitment to winning has not wavered, and that nothing short of winning the World Series would be good enough.

Hal needs to put an asterisk next to his declaration so that Yankee fans know that only if the price is right.

As Benjamin Franklin once said, “Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship”

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  1. Brian NY says:

    As I stated in your last post, the Yankees even being the Yankees do not have unlimited resources and paying a luxury tax at nearly 60% is not going to keep the owner spending. You wanted back Martin at 2yrs/17m but in reality with the tax its 2yrs/ 24m and Ibanez chose the starting job in Seattle more than he wanted to be a role player. The master plan is to get under the cap for 1 year to reset the tax penalty. You had best get used to it as this is the team or worse that you are going to see for the next 2 years.

  2. Tanned Tom says:

    Last year Martin "hit" .211/.311/.403, and Ibanez .240/.308/.453. Those numbers bite. The problem is not letting those guys go. You don't bring back a catcher who's numbers are on a 5 year downward trajectory. And a 41 year old DH who CANNOT play the field and who's OBP is .292 this year? He's exactly the kind of all or nothing hitter that pennant teams avoid.
    The problem is the cheapness of the Steinbrenner brats, you're 100% right about that. They're downgrading a $3 billion asset to save $30 million in 2014. That's 1%. Morons the both of them.
    What the team should have done is flexed it's financial muscle on international players (Puig anyone?) and traded for available producers. Not going after a 25 year old Justin Upton, who is only going to get better and is signed for reasonable money, was a bad missed opportunity.
    But Martin and Ibanez? Please, they stink.

  3. Richard says:

    Your living in the past once again. Nothing to gain by it. Package up Hughes and Joba and get a RH Bat. Phelps is starting to piss me off as well. But we prob need to hold him since he's cheap and we loose Kuroda and Pettite next year.

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