No wonder everyone wants to be a New York Yankee, as who wouldn’t want a boss that hands out half-million dollar raises based on poor performance due to laziness?
You can be sure Phil Hughes isn’t complaining.
Last season, Hughes showed up to Spring Training out of shape, and sat on the DL with shoulder and back injuries for the majority of the season. Ironically, Hughes not pitching was far more productive for the Yankees, all while earning $2.5 million in salary.
So, obviously the logical thing to do was for the Yankee brass to give Hughes a raise and agree to pay him $3.5 million, plus $300,000 more in incentives for the 2012 season, right?
Hughes’ raise certainly doesn’t explain why David Robertson and Joba Chamberlain are making $1.6 million and $1.65 million respectively in 2012.
Chamberlain made $1.4 million in 2011, and has been out since last June due to Tommy John surgery. So I am sure any raise was welcomed with open arms. Still prior to his elbow issues, Joba had finally settled in as a reliever and had become extremely effective. He was more vital to the team than Hughes was without a doubt.
Now regarding Robertson, the Yankees tripled the $460,450 he made in 2011. When considering a player’s overvalue to their team, Robertson was the unsung hero. He is a winner, and even coming out of the bullpen he won five games, same as Hughes.
Robertson was easily a top three middle reliever in 2011, as he was hailed to be what a young Mariano Rivera was to closer John Wetland. Just to give you an idea of how good he was, Robertson’s strikeouts per nine-innings average was 13.5 in 2011. He is literally a strikeout machine.
Let me put it simply, the Yankees without David Robertson might not have made the 2011 playoffs as he was that indispensable to the team’s overall success.
Ok, now to finish-off I am leaving you with this formula, and maybe someone can explain to me the Yankees thought process here:
Joba Chamberlain ($1.65m) + David Robertson ($1.6m) = Phil Hughes ($3.2m)
Here are the 2011 season numbers for Robertson, Chamberlain and Hughes:
I was under the impression that in order for a player to get a raise they would need to prove their value, prove that they are trustworthy, and how much they helped their team succeed.
And I am not saying raises are undeserved for underperforming because sometimes circumstances are out of an individual’s control.
My confusion is when did lack of effort, or doing just the bare minimum to get by, earn anyone, any kind of significant salary increase?
In all seriousness, what example are the Yankees or MLB sending here?
“Nowadays those are rewarded who make right appear wrong.” - Terence
- David Robertson and Joba Chamberlain sign 1 year deals (fitzandvig.com)
- Yanks Avoid Arbitration With Joba and Robertson (slidingintohome.blogspot.com)
- Arbitration – Joba & Robertson (yankeesfansunite.wordpress.com)
- Robertson, Joba avoid salary arbitration (mlb.mlb.com)
- Yankees keep pitchers Chamberlain, Robertson (reuters.com)
- New York Yankees Are to Blame for Joba Chamberlain’s Performance (ladylovespinstripes.com)
- Yankees settle with Joba, Robertson (nypost.com)
- Yankees, Hughes agree to one-year, $3.2M deal (espn.go.com)
- New York Yankees: Statistical Projections for the Pitching Staff in 2012 (bleacherreport.com)