Stop Praising The Yankees For 2014! + Someone Should Be Fired For This Disaster!

The Yankees can't stop themselves from spending!!  A self-imposed cap of under $189 MIL was shot when injuries began to mount.  The club should have packed it in for the year, with nothing but a hope and a prayer. Now because they couldn't fall under the Salary Tax Threshold, it will take a miracle to reach underneath this mark before the 2016 CBA.  Welcome to financial hell Yanks, and your team is old - and have no Starting Pitcher's above the #5 slot to begin 2015, and your payroll is already nearing $200 MIL.

The Yankees can’t stop themselves from spending!! A self-imposed cap of under $189 MIL was shot when injuries began to mount. The club should have packed it in for the year, traded veterans near the deadline, with nothing but a hope and a prayer to make the playoffs. Now because they couldn’t fall under the Salary Tax Threshold, it will take a miracle to reach underneath this mark before the 2016 CBA. Welcome to financial hell Yanks, and your team is old – and have no Starting Pitcher’s likely above the #5 slot to begin the 2015 season currently on your 40 man roster under contract, and your payroll is already nearing $175 MIL on just 17 players as it is.  Despite all of this, the Yankees are set to offer Cashman an extension?  Are they for real?

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With a 1-0 walkoff loss last night to the Rays, New York was eliminated from AL East Division contention, and put to the brink of playoff elimination altogether – with a 6 game deficit to the 2nd Wild Card Slot holding Royals.

 At just 76 – 73 on the year, the Bronx Bombers’ 2014 campaign is about ten seconds from a toe-tag!

I am sick and tired of hearing all this praise being bestowed on Brian Cashman for the job he is done.

I will not lump Joe Girardi into this conversation,  Heck, he has done a great job manipulating the roster he has been given.  With the amount of  injuries (which happens to old players – hello!) the Yanks are lucky they are not cellar dwelling with the Red Sox.

Back near the Trade Deadline, Chuck Booth explained the “Pinstripers” were foolish to not take advantage of a seller’s market, giving them the ability to deal some veterans – in order to get under the $189 MIL Luxury Tax Threshold.  They were 47 – 47 at the ALL – Star Break.

The Yankees should have cashed in on the "Jeter Farewell Tour" by retooling their roster, by trading all of their assets, to fall beneath the luxury tax, and maybe pick up an prospect or 2 that may have panned out.  Do they really believe attendance would have skyrocketed down in the final 2 months of #2's career?

The Yankees should have cashed in on the “Jeter Farewell Tour” by retooling their roster, by trading all of their assets, to fall beneath the luxury tax, and maybe pick up a prospect or 2 that may have panned out. Do they really believe attendance would have skyrocketed down in the final 2 months of #2’s career?  It was a perfect set of circumstances to do this, with 4 of the 5 Starting Opening Day Pitchers out at the Trade Deadline, and the Baltimore Orioles amassing a huge AL East lead by then.  New York would add players and payroll, effectively ruining their finances for the next 3 years.

Instead, the Yankees management kept adding players to the fold, despite missing 4 of their top 5 Starting Pitchers at the time. It was an ill-advised decision to take a stab at it.

Baltimore was already running away with the AL East, and the Yanks had lost Masahiro Tanaka. while Michael Pineda still had not returned.  Plus the team’s horrible offense was not doing the job despite having the highest positional salaried bunch of guys in the Majors.

Whatever happened to the $189 MIL reset option??

Just because the team signed Tanaka, it didn’t mean they could not have drawn under the line by season’s end.

If Cashman would have traded David Robertson, Hiroki Kuroda, Ichiro Suzuki and Matt Thornton (who they just let walk on waivers anyway), the squad could have ended up right below that $189 MIL mark.

The truth was, that this team was flawed the whole throughout the offensive lineup, and unless they turned it around (which they didn’t), adding players was a moot point.

The biggest point I liked about Chuck’s article is he reasoned how dire the situation is for Starting Pitching heading into 2015.

Nice addition Brandon McCarthy will be a Free Agent after this year.  Chances are Tanaka will be out for the entire season with Tommy John Surgery, because who has evaded this procedure when they have had a problem with their elbow in recent vintage?

I won’t wager any cabbage on CC Sabathia coming back strong (if at all), and Pineda is a Wild Card you simply can’t pencil in the starter’s Staff.

Kuroda is retiring, and lastly, there is no guarantee you will see Ivan Nova until at least part way through the 2015 year.

So that means as of right now, the rotation looks absolutely brutal.  If the brass wasn’t discussing this scenario in their boardroom, they should all be fired for incompetence.

You could be seeing a Starting Staff of David Phelps, Adam Warren, Shane Greene, maybe one of Sabathia or Pineda, Esmil Rogers and David Huff.  Not exactly a nice front line Pitching core of dudes.

So, you may be asking yourself the question…it’s New York though, surely they will spend some money on Free Agents.  Well.. yeah certainly, but because of this financial disaster the team sits, it is going to cost them dearly….

Losing 2 Get Out Of Jail Free Cards.

The thing of it is, the management stated they couldn’t give up on this season, because the club would suffer attendance and viewership on the YES Cable Network.

You gentlemen had  the “Derek Jeter Farewell Tour”  that essentially made you immune to any crowd problems at Yankee Stadium or on TV.  Dumb…If there were any year you should have blown up the squad by trading some assets, to retool for next year, it was this season.

Just like the Phillies, you have piddled away the assets now of: David Robertson, Hiroki Kuroda, Suzuki – and you possibly could have dealt McCarthy again.  Although in Chuck’s article, he said you had the money to save him, and at least have some pitching 

No matter what you did in 2014, it wouldn’t have hurt you that bad, and now the team will suffer for the next 3 years because of their stupidity.

It wasn’t even the only “Get Out Of Jail Free” card… Almost $24 MIL of Alex Rodriguez 2014 Annual Average Salary was taken out by his year long suspension.

Alex Rodriguez's suspension for the 2014 season for PED's is the luckiest break the team could have received.  While the club ultimately renegotiated their stance on spending more the Luxury Tax Threshold for this campaign, with bringing in 10 Free Agent prior to the 2014 season.  The good news is that the club didn't go so far over the limit - that they couldn't fall under it by trading off a few players.

Alex Rodriguez’s suspension for the 2014 season for PED’s was the luckiest break the team could have received. While the club ultimately renegotiated their stance on spending more the Luxury Tax Threshold for this campaign, with bringing in 10 Free Agents prior to the 2014 year.  the good news (at the time) was that the club didn’t go so far over the limit – that they couldn’t fall under it by trading off a few players.  They did not choose to do this ultimately, even though every expert pegged them at about a 12 – 14% chance to make the playoffs at the end of July.  A-Rod’s full $27 MIL AAV is back on the board from 2015 – 2017, and he could make more on historical marketing bonuses from HRs 660 – 763.  Not that he would challenge the back end, but he will certainly hit 7 bombs to pass Willie Mays, and add more payroll to New York’s payroll.

With that guy back in your lineup, that money comes back on the books for the tune of $27 MIL per year, plus any performance bonuses the man receives on his historic HRs, like passing Willie Mays by hitting 7 more HRs in 2015, to accrue a $6 MIL bonus for his efforts.

You are sitting on about 175 MIL worth of contracts now, and you the rotation I aforementioned, and are without the services of Robertson.

Good luck in being able to reset the Luxury Tax now until at least 2017.   By then that stipulation may be no longer valid with a new CBA being bargained before play that season.

Chances are the Yankees will add a Starting Pitcher like Max Scherzer, Jon Lester or James Shields to their arsenal. but you have to figure these men  will probably make on average per year  $28 – 30 MIL, $20 – $23 MIL, and $18 – 20 MIL respectively each.”

This would mean you are right back over the Luxury Tax threshold yet again before adding any other players.

Realistically, if New York wants any shot to compete next year, they will need to dole out about $60 MIL extra to next year’s bottom line.  This would probably net them a starting INF, 2 Starting Pitchers and some Bullpen arms.

To have a payroll that will near $240 MIL will cost them $25.5 MIL in penalties for going over the $189 MIL limit.  (50% penalty for ongoing abusers of 4 or more consecutive years.)

If the Yankees have any aspirations of competing the next 3 seasons, it is likely to cost them nearly $80 MIL in penalties.

Had they been able to get under that limit, it would cost them much, much less.

The Reset would have made them 1st time offenders again in 2015..

So even at $51 MIL over the cap, they would only be charged $8.9 MIL next year, and if they wanted to go ballistic on acquiring expiring contracts at the end of the season, they could have added an additional $17 – 20  MIL($45 – $50 MIL of prorated salary before July 31, 2015)  to add, and still pay only about they will if they are at $240 MIL in team salary next year.

Based on a $240 MILYearly Payroll from 2015 – 2017

Reset Option – Had They Got Under By Trading (Penalties on total salary)

2015 – Base Salary $240 MIL, (1st time offender on Luxury Tax, so that is a 17.5% penalty or roughly $9 MIL) total team $ with that sum put on = $249 MIL.

2016 – Base Salary – $240 MIL (2nd time offender on Luxury tax, is a 30% penalty – which equals $15 MIL added, for a total of $255 MIL.

2017 – Base Salary – $240 MIL (3rd time offender, under current CBA, even if a new deal is reach, it is likely to be grandfathered in for payroll for a few years.  a 3rd time violator pays 40%, which would make the team surrender a penalty of $20 MIL to equal out $260 in total team payroll.

This would bring the 3 year total to $764 MIL.

The Reality Version of The Yankees Based On Their Dumb Attempt To Make The 2014 Wild Card Game:

2015 – 17  Base Salary – $240 will carry out $25.5 MIL worth of penalties each annum – to equal out $76.5 MIL in penalties, plus the $720 in team salary to amount to $786.5 in salary.

Okay, so $22.5 MIL doesn’t sound like a lot of money right? But the 1st line of the 2015 is the reason why you reset the TAX to begin with.

New York could run with a budget of $300 MIL for 2015, and only have to pay out $19 MIL worth of Luxury Tax as a 1st time offender.  It is why the Dodgers were able to run with their payroll so high in 2013 – 2014.

At just a 17.5 % penalty in 2013, the Dodgers only paid around a $10 MIL penalty on their $237 MIL budget last year.  That mark comes up only another $6 MIL this campaign as well, with the club having a nearly same payroll.

The Yankees had the idea to get under the Threshold for this very reason.

The only chance this club now has is when the likes of A-Rod, Sabathia, Teixeira, Beltran all come off the books between 2016 – 2017, but they will still have to add others.

One of the big factors the Yankees can’t catch a break on their player salaries is their brutal player development in the last decade.  I seriously don’t know why Cashman gets off scott free from this.

Brett Gardner is the only player with a 2015 contract, that the team has no question about, in having a starting position next campaign.

Yes, some of the pitching had developed in Dellin Betances and David Phelps, but those guys may be the only above average chuckers going forward.  Does anyone think that Shane Greene has a higher watermark than a #5 Starter?

Ivan Nova is another player that is homegrown. but TJ Surgery is not a definite fix, and he was not a superstar in his time so far – despite having a nice won-lost record.

The decision to go for it in 2014, based on their AAV of $223 MIL, will cost them $17 MIL more in penalties this campaign, as they were over $34 MIL over the current cap.

That is $51 MIL for this year’s attempt, added to $22.5 MIL difference from what they will pay from a non-reset to stay at the 50% penalty from 2015 – 2017, ups that mark for a final currency of around $74 MIL.  Not a wise decision to do based on the parameters set forth.

Do you really think the attendances would have sagged that much even if they were a 70 – 75 win club in Jeter’s last year?

With a Luxury Tax reset, and only a 17.5 penalty as a 1st time abuser for 2015, the Bronx Bombers could have signed Max Scherzer and Jon Lester, and potentially 2 or 3 other high - priced Free Agents.  Their chances would have been higher to win in 2015.  The beneficiaries of their poor dollar management are the rest of the AL East

With a Luxury Tax reset, and only a 17.5 penalty as a 1st time abuser for 2015, the Bronx Bombers could have signed Max Scherzer and Jon Lester, and potentially 2 or 3 other high – priced Free Agents. Their chances would have been higher to win in 2015. The beneficiaries of their poor dollar management are the rest of the AL East.

Oh yeah… You could have also seen a number of prospects brought back for the guys you traded.  These are assets that could have helped you along the way.  Instead you gave up a few more in the fight to attain a longshot Wild Card Chance.

I just know one thing.  If ‘The BOSS’ were still alive, someone would have been fired twice over by now.. New York decided to extend their GM…  Good thinking guys (Heavy sarcasm here.)

a   a george steinbrenner

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About chuckbooth3023

I played competitive baseball until 18 years old and had offers to play NCAA Division 1 University Baseball at Liberty University. Post-concussion symptoms from previous football and baseball head injuries forced me to retire by age 19. After two nearly made World Record Attempts in 2008, I set a New World Record by visiting all 30 MLB Parks (from 1st to last pitch) in only 24 Calendar Days in the summer 0f 2009. In April of 2012, I established yet another new GWR by visiting all 30 Parks in only 23 Calendar Days! You can see the full schedule at the page of the www.mlbreports.com/gwr-tracker . In 2015, I watched 224 MLB Games, spanning all 30 MLB Parks in 183 Days. Read about that World Record Journey at http://mlbreports.com/183in2015/229sked2015/
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