Do the Yankees still get Tanaka?
Jayson Stark does some math on the Yankee's budget, if they want to stay under $189M.
1. Does A-Rod get suspended for 2014?
2. Is the staying under $189M threshold just PR?
3. Who wins the Tanaka Sweepstakes?
Stark highlights some teams who have all the bullets in their guns so to
That is, with the new Posting rules: If you put up $20M you can negotiate. This his far better for small to mid market teams as well as in the best interests of the player (Tanaka in this case). As he can more freely choose where he'd like to play. IT also put the money the player gets as counting more towards the luxury tax vs exclusive contract negotiations for one team who put $100M or so towards the player.
By my calculations, the Braves, Brewers, Nationals, Pirates, Cubs, Diamondbacks and Astros have spent zero dollars in the big league free-agent market this winter.
So this comes into play even more so with the Yankees impending self imposed luxury tax being their threshold.
Wish the Twins had that Japanese SS/2B from a few years back or I should say I wish he had panned out.
The flip side is the Twins are actually one of the most aggressive teams for Eastern players in their minors and international signings.
Who knows...but it seems the floodgate is more open to lower and mid-market teams.