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02-24-2013, 08:25 PM
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Every time the Yankees payroll discussion is brought up- whether it be from my friends who are Met fans or on an internet message board- I say the same thing and people who blindly hate the Yankees seem to not be able to understand it.
The rules of Major League Baseball do not employ a salary cap. Most sports do, baseball does not: this is their system. The Yankees are a global brand- much like the Lakers or Manchester United. Being that they are a global brand, they generate a TON of revenue. Why should they not use the revenue they generate to take advantage of baseball's FLAWED system? Because "its not fair?" Life is not fair, get over it. Your problem isn't with the Yankees, it is with the lack of salary cap. If MLB had a salary cap then the Yankees wouldn't spend the money they do- but in a system without a salary cap the big markets have the major advantage.
More to the point, big payrolls don't automatically translate to great rosters. The Yankees are essentially paying huge money for past performances rather than future production. A-Rod is $28 million dead weight. Teixeira makes $22.5 million and has been regressing for several years. Who really knows what Sabathia will do for his $23 million this year?
The Dodgers' payroll will be in the range of $220 million this year. You'd expect them to have a superstar at every position for that kind of money, but they don't. Crawford's contract is a joke. Gonzalez might be on the downside of his career already. Ethier's splits suggest a guy who should be a platoon hitter. Greinke's performances have never matched what the sabremetrics suggest about him. I don't think anyone would take their roster over the Nationals' roster.
Having money can make it easier to fill holes and cover up mistakes, but just throwing a lot of money around doesn't automatically get you anything. From 2005-2011 the Mets had an average payroll of $125 million and made the playoffs once. On the other hand, look at the continued success of the Rays. They've made the playoffs three times in the past five years with a payroll that never went over $73 million. Clearly, savvy management is a lot more valuable than massive payrolls.
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