How is it an overpay, if it does not stop the Yankees from signing other players? As long as they are willing to keep spending, it doesn't matter if they pay $5 for a win, or $100MM for a win.
Isn't the dumbest part of this that they are balking at Cano's price (33% more) and turned around and handed this out? If you're going to splurge and overpay, why not do it for an actual elite talent?
The Yankees poached the BPA from their biggest rival. Its a smart move IMO
And Pujols days of hitting .300 are over. Maybe he has one more .300 season but he won't he even average close to that over the next 8 years.
Yankee's based on 189 million for payroll if they have 30 million tied up for fill in players for pitching and infield they can have 8 other contracts at 20 million average. This 189 million is self imposed limit to not pay luxury tax and I believe if they can get down under it again for year it reduces tax also if they exceed again. I think they have been paying 40 percent rate on their payroll so if they have been at 200 million plus the tax they have been used to paying a payroll of 280 million. What they can spend on players puts them in another league than what most of other clubs in baseball can spend. Only Dodgers, Angels, and maybe Texas can spend close to these levels. They have spending level double to triple what the Twins have paid. Like said before this is contract that makes better right now and they don't worry about out end. They need to win to keep their tv and attendance up if they don't loss revenue from that will far exceed the amount of loss they could have on this contract. Its ridicules but that's how baseball is structured they want these dominant franchises for selling baseball to tv. Smaller franchises worry about tv too but they need sell their product to get people to ballpark create their largest stream of revenue to the team fans that come to park and buy whole experience when there.
Shouldn't have been signed for more than 5 years. The Cardina;s are thankful now he didn't sign after making a big offer at the last minute.
This newest Elsbury contract will be another disaster.