• Yanks Stepping In It With A-Rod Suspension?

    Posted by on August 1st, 2013 · Comments (10)

    Buck showalter thinks so. Via Paul White-

    The longer Alex Rodriguez could be suspended, the more it could help the New York Yankees. And that infuriates Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter.

    Forget the money and drugs – it’s competitive imbalance that has Showalter steamed.

    Showalter, who managed Rodriguez on the Texas Rangers, says he has no interest in discussing the suspension possibilities surrounding the Yankees third baseman but is taking aim at how New York could benefit.

    Getting Rodriguez’s $25 million salary off their 2014 books would effectively reset a Yankees payroll projected to exceed a $189 million luxury tax threshold the club hoped to slip under. And if they’re freed from the $86 million owed Rodriguez from 2014 to ’17? Showalter fears Commissioner Bud Selig’s zeal to ban Rodriguez might turn the Yankees into free agent predators again.

    “If Bud lets them get away with that, they’re under the luxury tax,” Showalter told USA TODAY Sports. “If they can reset, they can spend again and I guarantee you in two years Matt Wieters is in New York.”

    According to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the portion of a player’s salary that he does not collect while suspended also does not count toward his team’s payroll and the luxury tax threshold.

    Rodriguez is to be paid $25 million in 2014. Subtract that and the Yankees not only would have a better chance of staying under $189 million, but also might be able to afford to add players.

    In 2007, coming off a 52-homer season that netted him a third AL MVP award, Rodriguez opted out of a 10-year, $252 million contract originally signed with the Texas Rangers. The Yankees nonetheless re-upped Rodriguez for 10 years and $275 million shortly thereafter.

    Rodriguez’s decline began almost immediately. He needed hip surgery after the 2008 season, but rebounded to play a key role in the Yankees’ run to the 2009 World Series title.

    But Rodriguez’s on-base plus slugging percentage (OPS) declined every season after 2007. A second hip surgery in January ensured he’d miss the first half of this season; the Biogenesis flap that broke weeks later put him in MLB’s firing line.

    Now, it may give his team a get-out-of-jail-free card.

    “They’re the ones who signed him to that contract,” Showalter said of the Yankees.

    Buck’s not shy to say what’s on his mind, is he?

    Comments on Yanks Stepping In It With A-Rod Suspension?

    1. Corey
      August 1st, 2013 | 7:51 am

      52 home run season? Doesn’t anyone check facts? I mean really…it’s not that hard these days.

    2. MJ Recanati
      August 1st, 2013 | 8:46 am

      It just cracks me up that Buck “guarantees” that the Yankees would sign Wieters. I can’t imagine his GM is too terribly pleased to hear that, already negotiating against their own interests.

      Buck has always been a bit paranoid…

    3. August 1st, 2013 | 8:53 am

      MJ Recanati wrote:

      It just cracks me up that Buck “guarantees” that the Yankees would sign Wieters

      That was sort of strange. Is there such a thing as reverse tampering?

    4. MJ Recanati
      August 1st, 2013 | 8:56 am

      Steve L. wrote:

      Is there such a thing as reverse tampering?

      LOL, I have no idea! That would be pretty funny though.

    5. #15
      August 1st, 2013 | 10:28 am

      I have enormous respect for Buck as a manager, but this was a BS rant.

      MLB has gone out of it’s way to make sure everyone, at least on the record, says the teams have no knowledge of the details of the investigation, the findings, or the potential penalties.

      I can’t imagine Selig being happy with this kind of sideshow at the moment.

      Moreover, the comment…

      “If Bud lets them get away with that, they’re under the luxury tax,”

      This implies that the process has motivations unrelated to the PED question/activities. Bad move by Buck. MLB finally seems to have the goods to put the PED issue on the run, and he goes and muddies the water.

      Could be a fine in here somewhere since he mentioned a particular team, a particular player, and questioning the commisioner’s actions/intent etc…

    6. Evan3457
      August 1st, 2013 | 10:49 am

      Seriously, somebody call Buck a whaaambulance.

    7. Raf
      August 1st, 2013 | 12:14 pm

      MJ Recanati wrote:

      It just cracks me up that Buck “guarantees” that the Yankees would sign Wieters. I can’t imagine his GM is too terribly pleased to hear that, already negotiating against their own interests.
      Buck has always been a bit paranoid…

      In fairness to Showalter, the Yanks for the most part are usually linked to FA’s regardless of whether they need them or not.

    8. Ricketson
      August 1st, 2013 | 1:21 pm

      It looks like this one of only 3 managers in M.L.B. history to win 88+ games with 4 or more teams is a bit disappointed he will be competing with a less competent organization and front office in his own division that will be able to outspend his organization on its way to first place finishes and wildcard spots. And understands spending does guarantee success; for those that were pointing to the Dodgers only a few months ago that it does not, L.A. is in first place with Kershaw (0.861 WHIP) lined up for 2 or 3 starts in a postseason series and expecting to receive one of the most lucrative contracts in M.L.B. history. If he doesn’t sign with L.A., he won’t be signing with Baltimore.
      Raf wrote:

      In fairness to Showalter, the Yanks for the most part are usually linked to FA’s regardless of whether they need them or not.

      I think they were more than linked to Sabathia, Teixeira, and Burnett, and I think Cashman needed them. I don’t think Showalter will ever see the day when he’s managing a postseason after his team spent $423 mil. on FAs to get there, and winning a World Series the same year with his third baseball on anabolic steroids – he wasn’t the only person employed by an A.L. East franchise that didn’t sleep last night.
      #15 wrote:

      Could be a fine in here somewhere since he mentioned a particular team, a particular player, and questioning the commisioner’s actions/intent etc…

      This was a case of temporary insanity – he shouldn’t be fined. He probably should have been taken to a psych ward when he heard the news the Yankees will have an additional $20 mil. to spend each year until 2017 plus the possibility of resetting their luxury tax liability which they would not have been able to do, and his chances of getting into the playoffs for that period were affected, and his fortunes undermined, by the actions of someone with an I.Q. of Alex Rodriguez’s or 50 points or more below his own.

    9. Ricketson
      August 1st, 2013 | 1:23 pm

      Ricketson wrote:

      third baseball

      “third baseman”

    10. Raf
      August 1st, 2013 | 10:53 pm

      Ricketson wrote:

      I think they were more than linked to Sabathia, Teixeira, and Burnett, and I think Cashman needed them.

      They were linked to Albert Pujols, Carl Crawford and Matt Holliday as well. The Yankees didn’t need them. Whenever a premium free agent hits the market, the Yankees are always part of the discussion, at the very least as a negotiating tool, an attempt to drive up the asking price of a player.

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