Two of them were never in any danger of leaving and the other one has loved his time here which didn’t help. Beyond them, though, it’s been a mess. The Yankees liked Torii Hunter, but couldn’t offer him a multi-year deal. They liked Russell Martin too, Brian Cashman even called him Thurman Munson like, but same problem with the multi-year deals. They liked Eric Chavez, Jeff Keppinger, Nate Schierholtz, Shane Victorino, and Marco Scutaro too, but aside from Schierholtz didn’t even make a single offer to one of them.
As Yankees fans, who grew up rooting for a team that constantly ignored the bottom line in the name of winning, we are frustrated. This is how Pirates fans are supposed to feel.
We’re not the only ones frustrated though. According to Joel Sherman of the NY Post, Brian Cashman has been described as “frustrated” by the handcuffs Hal Steinbrenner has placed on him. This despite the fact that the Yankees have major holes at catcher, right field, third base, and DH.
“I just I had a meeting with [Cashman] and he just said he is not in on a lot of players that he liked,’’ Boras told George King of the NY Post. “He would like to be in on more, but right now he is working with ownership to see where he can go.”
Almost across the board Major League Baseball teams have not been afraid to spend this offseason, but the Yankees, who had a $208 million payroll as far back as 2005, are left to pick Yard Sales while everyone else is shopping at Sharper Image. This has potentially made this all the more frustrating.
It’s not like the Yankees don’t have money to spend either. Revenue from the new stadium is rolling in and the team recently sold part of the YES Network to News Corp. and not only got a huge signing bonus, but also got a huge, guaranteed revenue stream coming to them for the next 30 years. It’s sickening.
This is, of course, all under the guise of trying to get under the luxury tax threshold of $189 million by 2014 when harsher fines are put in place. Funny, but nobody cared about the tax threshold when they stupidly handed Alex Rodriguez his huge, $275 million deal that nobody in baseball was even gonna come close to matching.
That’s what makes this entire thing all the worse — this budget is coming at a time when the Yankees have a couple of albatross contracts on the books, I’m including Mark Teixeira‘s contract too. Want to cut payroll just for the sake of saving money? How about they do it at a time when they actually have payroll flexibility.
The offseason isn’t over yet though and the Yankees are setup with a strong pitching staff already thanks to the few moves that they actually did make. Maybe Cashman can pull his patented ninja move to land a few unforeseen players and we can all laugh about this post later. Until then, we’re all going to have to deal with some frustration — Brian Cashman included.