The Recession Certainly Isn't Bothering The Evil Empire, Yanks Add Teixeira

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Good lord. I honestly though that the Yankees were out of the Mark Teixeira sweepstakes, but apparently I was wrong. The Yankees just signed the slugger with a eight-year deal worth $180 million. Not only have the Yanks signed three players in the offseason totaling $423,500,000, but they now have four of the MLB's highest paid players on their roster.

And while everyone in and around Baseball is rolling their eyes, there is one man who thinks this is a great idea. Stephen A. Smith!

I'll gloss over the fact that S.A.S. said that the Yankees didn't, "walk away with a World Series Championship this millennium," (ummmm....they have a good while to attempt that), there's no way they can still be considering signing Manny. I guess Steven does have a point though. If you've already spent $423 Million, you mind as well make it a cool $500.


Didn't the Yankees win in 2000?

And lol at "mind" as well.

Scott said...
Dec 23, 2008, 5:15:00 PM  

as a yankee fan, i'm fine with it. i don't care if they asked the public to put up more money for the stadium. i'd rather they sign tex than manny (who they should have signed out of cleveland instead of letting him go to boston).

if they implode, it will give the blogs/sports radio something to talk about.


-dan said...
Dec 23, 2008, 5:17:00 PM  

Just when I was feeling a tiny bit sorry for the Yanks last year, this makes me want to throw up. Hope these contracts burn them later. Thats a lot of spending!

Anonymous said...
Dec 23, 2008, 5:19:00 PM  

I have no idea how anyone can be a fan of a small market team when the Yankees just spent 425 million, which you'd probably have to add up the bottom 5-10 teams to reach that number for their entire team

If this does not show that there is a need for a salary cap in baseball, nothing ever will.

Also, the fact that the Yankees screwed NY taxpayers for 400 million and then on top are now asking for more, ridiculous.

I don't blame the Yankees entirely for this, they are playing by the rules. I blame Bud Selig and MLB for this fiasco.

Mike said...
Dec 23, 2008, 5:44:00 PM  

Exactly, it's their money. I'm a Yankees fan and while I'm giddy today, this doesn't promise them shit.

And these big free agents, they are only going to go to 4-5 teams anyway so don't act like it's just the Yankees against everyone else.

GMoney said...
Dec 23, 2008, 5:50:00 PM  

Quite frankly, Tex is going to be great for the Yankees.

Steven said...
Dec 23, 2008, 5:58:00 PM  

As a lifelong Met fan, I hate anything that's good for the Yankees but what do you want them to do? The Yankees make money hand over fist (and will even in a bad economy) and they are spending it.

You can say you want a salary cap but that just means the Steinbrenner family pockets more money.

I'd rather have an ownership group that plows the money into the product on the field than some of these small market guys who take their revenue sharing check and put it in the bank and not on the field.

And hey, they still have to win the games. It's baseball, nothing is guaranteed.

Andrew said...
Dec 23, 2008, 6:03:00 PM  

If the Yankees don't make the playoffs again this year, I'd laugh out loud. Which might actually happen. Building a "Super Team" does not always work.

The amount of money they (legally) throw at players is insane.

JFein said...
Dec 23, 2008, 6:11:00 PM  

Building a "Super Team" does not always work.

The Detroit Tigers scored 1000 runs last year, didn't they?

Side note: Did PTI come back on? They started cracking on the 49ers' plan to wear mustaches, then the sound cut out.

Dec 23, 2008, 6:19:00 PM  

And they still might only be the third-best team in the AL East.

Anonymous said...
Dec 23, 2008, 6:45:00 PM  

Right now the Yankees payroll stands at $191 million if the season started today, thats still less than last year (i know they dont have a full 25 man roster yet)...All the Yankees have done this off season is get younger, not spend more...Cashman said this signing was because the 2010 free agent class is extremely weak, lets look at how much they've spent..Sabathia's 23 mil per year replaces Mussina's 20 mil per year, Burnett's 18 mil per year replaces Pettitte's 16 mil per year, and Tex replaces Abreu's and Giambi's combined 34 mil per year, plus after next season the Yankees will lose Damon's, Matsui's and Nady's contracts...The Yankees are one company that is in demand every year, whether or not there's an economic downturn, they will be making money on these deals.

Anonymous said...
Dec 23, 2008, 10:36:00 PM  

Why is Steven A. Smith still employed by ESPN? and since when is he now an expert on MLB? I suppose he is no worse than Buster Olney who, if you have noticed, has consistently been beaten to the big stories this offseason by Heyman. I think Olney is cutting and pasting from Heyman.

Anonymous said...
Dec 24, 2008, 12:10:00 AM  

Keep in mind Tex is not a big game player. He puts up great #'s in blow outs, but disappears when the chips are down. Kinda like someone else on the yanks...

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Dec 24, 2008, 9:34:00 AM  
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Chris said...
Dec 24, 2008, 10:15:00 AM  

The Yankees will now be expected to win it all. They'll get a shrug and a 'BFD' if they do from everyone not within the Y.E.S. network. And if they don't win it, imagine the howls of laughter and derision coming from all corners! Is this a positive outcome or outlook for the Pinstripes? When no one will care if you win and laugh at you if you don't?

Chris said...
Dec 24, 2008, 10:16:00 AM  

2000 was the last year of the previous millennium...You don't start counting with zero...

I had really enjoyed the last few months without Stephen A-Hole all over the WWL...His radio show was an abortion from the start, and he was obviously coached by the brass to tone it down...Once he stopped screaming, it was evident that he never had anything good to say at all...

Now he's being phased back into programming big time...He's currently yelling at Skip Bayless, and spent yesterday morning yelling at Kuselias...*barf*

White Hammer said...
Dec 24, 2008, 10:18:00 AM  

Has anybody thought about this enough to realize that their payroll will actually be smaller than last year, and smaller than the $220 million that they spent a few years ago? Yeah they've signed 3 guys for almost half of a billion, but its over a long period of time. They have five contracts coming off that ammount to $88 million, and they've only added $66 million of it back...way to underthink everything idiots.

Anonymous said...
Dec 24, 2008, 2:07:00 PM  

2000 was the first year of this millennium. You do in fact start counting with zero.

Anonymous said...
Dec 24, 2008, 4:32:00 PM  

no idiot, there was no year zero.

Anonymous said...
Dec 24, 2008, 4:34:00 PM  

Haha funny seeing "Anons" yelling at each other. I wssn't sure if 2000 counts as the new millennium or not. I mean people were always saying "the new millennium" but I think since there's no year zero, it technically makes 2001 the new millennium. Odds are that SAS doesn't know that difference anyways and forgot the Yankees won in 2000 anyways.

Scott said...
Dec 25, 2008, 12:26:00 AM  

When a baby is born, he is 0 years old. Is he not in the first year of his life? Did January 1 of the year zero separate AD from BC. Everything left of zero on a time line is BC and on the right is AD. 2000 is in the second millennium. The question is: will the Yankees still be a power wehn the third millennium hits.

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