• Don Fehr: Read My Lips, I Gave It A Shot

    Posted by on October 24th, 2006 · Comments (4)

    From the Times -

    In the negotiations that culminated in a new labor agreement that was announced yesterday, the union had the best interests of George Steinbrenner’s checkbook in mind. Whereas the other clubs are out to get the Yankees’ money and inhibit them from spending what is left, the union tried to help the Yankees.

    The union proposed that the rate schedule for the tax on payrolls above designated thresholds start over in the new five-year agreement that was announced yesterday at Busch Stadium before Game 3 of the Word Series.

    As a club that has exceeded the threshold and paid the tax each of the four years of the existing agreement, the Yankees pay at a rate of 40 percent. Last year they paid $34 million; this year they will pay just under $26 million.

    The union wanted the Yankees to be able to go back next year to a rate of 22.5 percent, which they have not paid since 2003, the first year of the expiring agreement.

    Oh yes. As hard as the union tried to scale back the Yankees’ tax rate for 2007 and subsequent seasons, the clubs’ negotiators wouldn’t go for it. But Steinbrenner should at least send Donald Fehr, the union chief, a thank-you note acknowledging the union effort. Who else does anything nice these days for poor old George?

    More importantly, will the new CBA still allow teams to deduct new-stadium building costs from the revenue-sharing payments they make? If they took that away now, Big Stein should call a lawyer.

    Comments on Don Fehr: Read My Lips, I Gave It A Shot

    1. MJ
      October 25th, 2006 | 11:32 am

      Vindictive and greedy bastards, the other 29 owners are.

      Just one year I’d like the Yanks to be under the threshold so that the Royals and other myriad welfare recipients know what it’ll be like to spend a winter in the cold without New York’s bowl of free soup to keep them warm.

      Fuck ‘em. The Yanks need to win the World Series, just so they can throw parades in all 29 other cities to thank them for their continued support of making New York the top road draw in baseball.

    2. Raf
      October 25th, 2006 | 11:53 am

      Just one year I’d like the Yanks to be under the threshold
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      Once the farm system starts churning out decent product, they will :)

    3. October 25th, 2006 | 12:00 pm

      Still going to be hard with Giambi, Jeter, Damon, and Matsui making something like $70 mill combined.

      If the Yankees get under someday, it will be after Giambi is gone.

    4. Raf
      October 25th, 2006 | 12:19 pm

      Still going to be hard with Giambi, Jeter, Damon, and Matsui making something like $70 mill combined.
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      In theory, there will be players developed that will step in when these players contracts are up.

      To be honest with you, I would’ve given the 3b job to Mike Lowell in 1999. I would’ve given Nick Johnson the 1b job in 2002, instead of signing Giambi, too. But you saw from the beginning that it was only a matter of time before Giambi would be a Yankee. Or at least that was the way it seemed to me at the time.

      Not trying to second guess, or anything like that.

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