Yankees sticking to tight left field budget

Reposting this from the MLB.com Hot Stove Blog:

Despite heavy fan speculation to the contrary, the Yankees are
stressing the point that they will not get involved with a bid for a
big ticket left fielder.

“No chance on Matt Holliday, no chance
on Jason Bay,” a Yankees official told the New York Daily News on
Monday. “Zero. None. Underline it.”

To take the point further,
the Yankees’ budget for left field is so tight, the newspaper reports
that they would not have matched the offer the Giants made for Mark
DeRosa – $12 million over two years. Yankees general manager Brian
Cashman told MLB.com on Monday that even Xavier Nady, coming off Tommy
John surgery, is asking too much for New York’s budget.

The
same appears true for veteran Jermaine Dye, and Johnny Damon has
already acknowledged that he does not fit into the Yankees’ payroll
planning.

If the season started today, the Yankees would be
preparing to go with Brett Gardner and Jamie Hoffmann in left field.
The Daily News suggests that the Yankees are also considering cheaper
free agent options like Reed Johnson or Jerry Hairston, Jr. to add to
the mix.  

“There’s plenty of time,” the official told the
newspaper. “There’s no hurry. And there are a ton of outfielders out
there. We are just tweaking at this point. We’ll sign an outfielder
between now and spring training.”

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If money is an issue, why not sign Pedro and Dye? You can get them both for little or nothing and still get bang for your buck!

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If money is an issue, why not sign Pedro and Dye? You can get them both for little or nothing and still get band for your buck!

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Should the Yanks go after Pedro and Dye ; because they could get both for little to nothing and still get bang for the buck?

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Are we assuming that, with A-Rod’s contract out of the mix, the Yankee’s 2010 budget would still be $200 Million? I think the pressure to reduce payroll to a figure approaching the “luxury tax” cap would have been a factor and a budget more like $190 Million likely!

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they couldn’t get out of the Giambi contract after he somewhat admitted to using roids and they can’t get out of Arods. why would they want to anyway? He’s a very good third basesman, he’s already won 2 MVP’s and a world series with the yanks. he brings in huge money for merchandising and he’s going to put up big numbers year after year. we also learned this post season that he does have the ability to be clutch in big spots. he earned his pinstripes this post season. why keep dumping on him because he has a big contract? all of the yankees have big contracts. That’s just how it is.

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As soon as the Yankee Parade ended the Yankees should have set a plan in motion to get Alex Rodriguez to accept a restructured contract…so if he stays a yankee he at least becomes more affordable…
also they should have asked him to accept a trade…
how would they go about this…
the only way he might agree…is to be brutally honest with him…and in so doing maybe his EGO will be deflated and he may believe he needs a fresh start…
The Yankees could state a series of points…
#1:State the obvious: We made a mistake in signing you(Arod) for so many years and so much money and when we signed you the economy was better now our situation is different as is the rest of the league…
#2:They could state-Us being the most popular and prestiges team in sports who are persistant in our pursuit of great players and championships saw you, a multi MVP and the most likely canidate to break the Homerun record as a good marriage in terms of bringing World Series titles to our organization as well an increase in revenue…but we were naieve in signing you without some type of clause that nullified your HR bonuses if the HR record and the prestige and possibly the extra revenue that would be generated around the journey to that record were tainted and devauled.
#3:They could also state-that no team,not even in the earilier flurishing economy would have given you(Arod) a 275 mill contract let alone another 25 mill in HR bonuses especially at your free agent signing age of 32…#4They could also state-We believe you have lied to us or at least concealed information about your use of performance inhancing drugs and we believe that those drugs have been used during your time with the Yankees not just in Texas and those drugs elevated your numbers and therefore elevated your contract and extended the length beyond what we would have given if you were not on performance inhancing drugs…and you may still be on P.E.D.s and if any test is created while you are on the yankee proves you are using P.E.D.s while your in pursuit of the HR record…that discovery would further disparage this organization and the HR record…which was the major reason for the extrodinary dollar amount and length of your contract…#5:They could state-Based on all the factors previously mentioned and our need to lower ticket prices and that there is no clear forcast for when the economy will improve we have determined that keeping you especially at your current salary will inhibit us from addressing all the areas needed to put together a complete team…Like with LF this year and Matt Holliday…and if we are forced to keep you at your current salary for it’s full length we will have increased difficulty in winning championships…also we have other aging players who’s contracts are expiring that we would like to keep and other free agents possiblities we want to target to fill our needs…so we have decided to approach you…because your contract is the longest largest and the least vaule in terms of actual performance per dollar…epspecially since you have decreased vaule as the possible HR record holder…as a result of all these factors we have decided that you are the most expendable big ticket player…

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if Arod were traded then it would cut payroll seriously…and with the chips that the Yanks would recieve for him in the deal…they could trade for mlb proven talent that is cheap…
Stay with me…they could trade some of the players they recieved for Arod for a centefielder like Andrew McCutchen of the Pitts Pirates…he is very cheap very atheletic very fast has desent power and will get his walks…he looks like he would be better in every phase of the game than Granderson except power…i think he would be great in the lead off spot…and the Yanks have traded with Pitt in the past…so they are open to a good trade…from there the Yanks could try to dump salary and while getting good power speed and OBP. by trading Granderson and Swisher to the Milwakee Brewers for Ryan Braun…he is also cheap and has 6 years lsft on his contarct…then they could afford Matt Holliday for likely 5 or 6 years for no more than 18 million…he could be placed in RF…Braun only had 1 error between 08 and 09 and also equals Granderson speed wise…this team would have a smaller payroll and it would be younger and faster than last years or the current one constructed so far…even while paying part of Arod’s contract and signing someone like Adrian Beltre for 3rd for 4 years 7.5 to 9mill or Miguel Tejeda for less money and two years…yes i said it again…

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When the Yankees say they are prepared to go with someone into the season, they mean just until they can get someone better. When the NYY said they were prepared to go into 2006 with Bubba Crosby, they got cold feet and signed Johnny Damon post haste. When Sheff got hurt, they replaced him with Bobby Abreu. After signing CC and AJ the NYY said they were done spending for the winter. Then “pow” – They signed Mark Teixeira to even more ludicrous money. The Yanks are just smart enough not to tie money up in Damon, Bay (since signed with Mets) or Nady. There’s always money in the Yankee budget. Brian Cashman is being more selective and less impulsive than the Boss was. Hal Steinbrenner gets it. He’s just more low-key. They’re still the Yankees, rest assured. If I’m Brett Gardner I’m not buying that house in Westchester yet. They just have a gentler and BOSSless disposition now. OR They just might be getting an early start trying to figure in a Derek Jeter extension on the books.

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Dear Yankeefanatic,
Please stop your madness! First, as much as I don’t like A-Rod, he isn’t gong to be traded. No owner in his right mind is going to trade for his contract. Second, the Pirates are not going to trade McCutcheon back to the Yanks for an overpriced veteran or no name scrub. Third, would you trade Braun for Granderson & Swisher? Really, would you? I could go on but, I’ll stop w/ Beltre & Tejada. No explanation needed.
Late.

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Fan Confidence Poll: December 28th, 2009
By Mike Axisa
http://riveraveblues.com/2009/12/fan-confidence-poll-december-28th-2009-21767/

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