Yankees Could Have Already Ended Their Big Spending Ways – A Bleacher Report Article

The Yankees spend money like no other team and virtually every single big free agent lands in the Bronx, right?

Well wait a minute. That may not be as true as it used to be.

In my latest for Bleacher Report, I take a closer look at the Yankees spending and wonder if the gravy train is drying up.

It is a strange world where the Twins, A’s and Pirates all made bigger free agent moves than the Yankees most expensive off season signing.

Saying the Yankees free spending days are over might be a reach, but it is worth a discussion.

You can read the entireĀ  article HERE.
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A payroll thought about the Red Sox and Diamondbacks

Here’s something to think about when people bring up payroll and how money brings in pennants.

The Diamondbacks won 94 games, overtook the World Champion Giants and nearly got into the NLCS.

The Red Sox collapsed under the weight of their overblown expectations and lousy pitching staff.

The Diamondbacks payroll was $53.6 million.
The Red Sox payroll was $161 million.

Let me put that a different way:
The Diamondbacks payroll was lower than what the Red Sox paid John Lackey, Carl Crawford, J. D. Drew and Daisuke Matsuzaka for their 2011 seasons.

It might be time for the Red Sox to get younger.
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Two wins away from quieting the complainers

What are the biggest complaints you hear fans say about the state of baseball?

Two I constantly hear are “The Northeast Bias” and “If you don’t have a huge payroll, you don’t have a shot.”

OK… now look at the current playoff situation.

Let’s say the Tigers beat the Yankees tonight. It’s one game. Anything can happen in one game.
Let’s say the Cardinals are loose and take advantage of a tight Phillies team. (Like YOU thought this series was going 5 games!)

Those are two games, each being won by the visiting team. Not anything outrageous (like both the Braves AND Red Sox flopping down the stretch.)

Guess what would be the result?

No team east of Detroit would be in the post season.
St. Louis… Texas… Detroit… and either Arizona or Milwaukee.

And guess what would ALSO happen?

The top 9 payrolls in baseball would all be playing golf during the LCS.

If these two events happen, the Yankees and Phillies (1 and 2 in payroll) would join #3 Boston, #4 Anaheim, #5 White Sox, #6 Cubs, #7 Mets, #8 Giants and #9 Twins on the links.

No coast teams.
None of the top 30% of the top payrolls.

If that happens, I expect a LOT of people who complain about the state of baseball to be watching… and cheering… and realizing the myths of the inequity of balance in baseball is just that.

I talked about it before the Super Bowl this year. I stand by everything I said.

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