So other General Managers and Owners of other teams are upset that the Yankees paid bigger than big money to get CC Sabathia and AJ Burnett into the fold.
I wonder what people expected the Yankees, with the contracts of Giambi, Pavano, Pettitte and Mussina expiring, to do with the money they had coming off of the books?
It’s not like every other team in the league isn’t going to get a cut when the Yankees pay the luxury tax that they’ll undoubtedly have to fork over.
This scenario was discussed in an article in the New York Post today.
But which is worse:
The Yankees doing what they always do by trying to get the best players they can to play for them, or the stance that the San Diego Padres have taken by not brining back one of the greatest closers in the history of the game (Trevor Hoffman) or trying to unload their staff ace? (Jake Peavey)
Are the Padres doing this out of principle because they feel the need to adopt the “Money Ball” philosophy? That would be a big fat no.
For the most part, they’re doing this because they’re owner, John Moores, is involved in a costly divorce.
How would you like to be a Padre fan right about now?
Wouldn’t be a little difficult to root for a team that disrespects a quality guy like Trevor Hoffman and is basically throwing in the towel for the 09 season all because the owner has to finance a divorce?
Yet baseball scribes aren’t nearly as willing to criticize John Moores as they are the Steinbrenners.
Makes you think, doesn’t it?
I’m glad that CC is in pinstripes. No doubt the Yankees overpaid for him. But I think they should be able to get a couple of years out of him.
And even though AJ looked really good in 08, we should not forget that was another walk year. Funny how good players look when they are playing for a new contract.
Hopefully he’ll stay healthy and give the Yankees some good innings.
I hope so anyway.
I think we’ll know by Wednesday at the latest whether or not Andy Pettitte will be back in pinstripes next year.
I can understand that his ego took a bruising by the Yankees only being willing to take him back with a paycut of six million dollars. But he should know as well as anyone else that this is a business.
I really hope he comes back.
So it looks like that the Yankees are in the mix for Teixeira now. That should be interesting. If opposing GM’s and Yankee hating baseball writers everywhere didn’t have enough to bitch about before…..Imagine how beside themselves they’ll be if the Yankees bring Teixeira or Manny into the fold.
To be honest, I kind of like that.
Anyway, until next week.