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Are The Yanks Getting Scrooged?

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Happy Hanukkah /  Merry Christmas

Ah yes, the Dog Days of  MLB’s Winter Hot Stove Season has arrived

The Yankees are really at $232M or so for those 39 roster spots. The team finished the 2013 season — meaning after midseason trades — with $236.2M in payroll for the luxury tax, their all-time record. They’re approaching that number now before doing anything in season. 

So what’s your point?

Your gonna find Kate Upton un-donning her gay  apparel  under your Christmas tree before we see any big time free agents like Scherzer or Shields being added to  the Bomber payroll with Bud Selig’s 50% penalty tax in tow

So turn the heat down on the team building burner and let’s start to fry some tasty ARod morsels.

Yankees’ cold-blooded A-Rod approach was missing with Jeter!

Yesterday Joel Sherman merrily kicked off Christmas Eve Eve / the next to last day of Hanukkah with an article that most likely enraged the vast Derek Jeter fan base, but no doubt delighted the Captain’s multitude of detractors. Based on the comment section of the article there were plenty of both in the house

I thought Sherman driving a point home about  Yankee hypocrisy was a fun read. Unfortunately for the Captain’s entourage, bringing up some cold hard facts probably exasperated their festive mood even more then being stuck in Holiday shopping traffic

Sherman  doesn’t make the big money by talking with Marbles in his mouth like Mark Feinsand, or writing cloud puffs like mosconebailbonds’ favorite bombshell  Brickhouse Marakavitz, the Sensie goes for the Bloody, not the Virgin Mary hyperbole in his pieces

Brian Cashman never put a shortstop on the roster better than Brendan Ryan or Stephen Drew who would have offered a no-brainer alternative to Jeter. And manager Joe Girardi persisted with the absurdist statement that playing Jeter day after day at shortstop and batting him second gave the Yankees their best chance to win.

There was not a scout or stat that backed up that contention on either side of the ball. For example, just 89 players accumulated 200 plate appearances from Aug. 1 until the end of the season. Only one member of that group finished in the bottom six in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage. And Girardi let that obviously tiring player be the only Yankee to hit that plate-appearance benchmark while desperate to find the wins to get into the playoffs. That player was, yes, Jeter.

Sherman certainly understands why the Yanks promoted the Jeter farewell  tour, they made money, both  parties were in the right place at the right time, supply and demand was exploited to it’s fullest capacity, not to mention Jeter’s intrinsic value was at  stake and that  translates into mega mailbox money finding landing spots in  the Yanks and Jeter’s bank  accounts for years to  come

The Bombers spend money, so of course, using that tried and true, age old  business model, “you don’t get nothing for nothing”, they  expect the fan base to chip in too. And some of us did monetarily, but all of us invested heavily in the heartache of watching an 84 win team, and a lot of those 84 W’s were ugly.

Sherman plants a lot of  the Bomber demise in 2014 on Jeter’s shoulders

The Sensie  kind of skates over the fact that  Steinbrenner brought in a Half Billion Dollars worth of co-stars for this Jeter Farewell Special. Out of the 4 new shiny toys Hal put under our Xmas tree last season, Beltran  and McCann were complete busts, Ellsbury was decent, but landing just south of his substantial pay scale, his batteries also  wore out toward the end of the season, and Tanaka was showing extreme upside for his $153M price tag until his elbow blew out after 1451.1 innings of professional pitching (136.1 for the Yanks)

Jeter was the point man carrying the Yankee Banner in 2014, but if you were expecting him to fill  the box scores with numbers off the back of his baseball  card then you’re  a Red Sox  fan anxious to poke fun at  the $12M AAV for a 76 OPS+ (League-average OPS+ is always 100.)

Enter 2015 and in contrast  to the love the Capt received, ARod is being pushed into  a broom  closet next to Vidal Nuno’s old locker. Alex went from Hal’s announcement “he is  our starting third baseman” to being the back up  to Chase $52M Headley at the hot corner,  and platooning with Garrett Jones at DH.

The Yanks and their ARod traveling circus can’t win, Steinbrenner and Levine might want to  weigh that equation into  their $61M, (after 6 HR’s)  it’ll be $67M investment.

NY is being criticized for not beefing up  security around Jeter’s SS play, his teflon 2 hole batting order  spot, and his 15 game DH  spectacles, but they’re being second guessed for spending $18M ( Headley $13M, Jones $5M) to  caddy Rodriguez just in case he can’t play  the game without PED’s…

ARod coming to town will take the heat  off of a lot of potential speed bumps the Yanks are gonna run into RE: injuries, age issues, unproven rookie production, and the way it looks at the moment  starting the season  with Betances, Miller, Kelley and Warren having a total of 10 saves between them

 If you buy into David Thousand Dollar  Car Phelps’ parting words of wisdom, Alex will be welcomed with open arms in the clubhouse. I’m sure Cashman will appreciate Alex breathing down Headley’s neck in an effort to squeeze every last penny out of Chase’s paycheck. Most of the players will no  doubt  enjoy the press grilling them  about the black sheep in their family on a daily basis.

“One thing that starts all at the top with Joe (Girardi) and goes all the way to the bottom is that the team is a family,” Phelps told the Daily News

Easy  for Phlepsie to  say, he’ll be pitching 1,278 miles away in Miami.. The Yanks got .230 / .290 / .372 / .662 out of the DH spot in 2014, and that number was skewed  up by 20 AB’s from Cervelli, Pirela, Murphy,and Gardner. 40 of those games were a black hole with Jeter and Soriano doing the honors

That’s not a very high bar to jump over for ARod, but it’s not gonna get any better when he’s 43… The Yanks are gonna need a Miracle on Rivera Avenue to make 2015 a Happy New Year


Written by Sal

December 24, 2014 at 8:50 am

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  1. hope all you guys have a great holiday experience this yr, peace and good will boys, and thanks for fun times here..


    December 24, 2014 at 9:00 am

  2. Same to you Sal,lets hope the new year is even better than the last one!!! Sherman wrote the cold hard truth,there is a real difference with the treatment of Arod & Jeter. Last year the Yanks had the worst ranked dh and right fielders in the AL-thanks Stenchiro!!!!!-lol Notice all the teams lining up to sign Stenchiro. I liked the Eovaldi deal,they need young arms.What surprised me was not trading Prado-a swiss army knife that never was a regular
    and spent time on the dl-but our $1000 car Phelps since we need pitchers.Also do not understand releasing
    Claiborne-a Dallas area boy-another pitcher!!! Almost time to start the countdown for spring training and the beginning of the Arod circus!!!!!! HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL!!!!


    December 24, 2014 at 10:59 am

  3. I just wish my Yankees would get back to hiring former Yankees as our Coaches.
    these no-names piss me off,,
    part of our problem is no continuity of Yankee Pride and Tradition being passed on,,
    this is why i vent,,,
    #30 as Bench Coach ?
    Why is Rags winning Rings in San Fran ?
    Donny Baseball shouldabeen the Mgr not clenched jaw, numbers loving Clippy
    just sayin,,,
    Old Skool plz,,
    Merry Merry to Men here in Uncle Sal’s dugout,,
    Thanks for the Schmooze, men,,


    December 24, 2014 at 11:16 am

  4. hey boys all the best!!


    December 24, 2014 at 11:44 am

  5. Merry Christmas to everyone. Just maybe Odell Beckham can turn into Bo Jackson and we can get him to do something spectacular. I know he’s good at spin the bottle.
    I don’t think anyone wants to be our hitting coach. If this was a Miss America contest, we’d be on the 4th runner up right now.
    It got me laughing to think that Cervelli and Stew-nod are the two Pirate Catchers. Unless, of course, the Pirates option Cervelli to AAA. Another brilliant Cashman move for no reason.


    December 24, 2014 at 12:49 pm

  6. Didn’t get a chance to read Sensei’s column. But, not for nothing, he’s been dissing the Captain for years. Even when he led MLB in hits in 2012! So I take that as business as usual. Whatever he wrote, it would be totally unfair to lay the demise of the Yankee season at his feet. Inspite of his lack of offense this year, mostly the last 2 months, the fault lies elsewhere. Actually, Jeter hovered with a BA between .265-.280 for most of the season, albeit it was soft. No, the blame lies squarely on the shoulders of the law firm of McCan’t, Texeira, & Beltran & Son. They were egregious! The A-Roid circus will be a welcome distraction from the plight of the “Bombers” this season. As presently constituted, if things don’t go right, this could get ugly fast. Hey Donny, I too would like to see more coaches positions populated by ex Yankee greats. Do they know Willie Randolph would love to come back? Have enjoyed everyone’s take this year. Happy Holidays to all!!!


    December 24, 2014 at 12:59 pm

  7. Noogsie, Bondsie Happy Happy boys

    more X Yanks and Beckham the next Bo, where do we sign up

    Why Willie isn’t on the coaching lines is a head scratcher, unless he doesn’t want the gig…


    December 25, 2014 at 8:52 am

  8. Id like kate better if she could hit line drive doubles into the gap in left-center,, 😎


    December 25, 2014 at 10:31 am

  9. Happy Happy Donny….We’ll have to settle for Kate wearing out Verlander the day before he pitches vs the Yanks….


    December 25, 2014 at 1:15 pm

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