What's good for the Yankees is good for baseball, right? With A-Rod, the Yankees' payroll is expected to be in the $190M range. Note these payrolls from 2003: 28 Milwaukee 47,294,226
29 Montreal 45,853,889
30 Tampa Bay 31,660,602
As we have heard over and over again, money doesn't guarantee success, but lack of money pretty well guarantees failure over the long haul. You take any endeavor where the top competitor has over six times the resources of the least endowed - and their relative status is fairly static - you will not have a competitive system. And this one isn't.
There are always exceptions to the rule, but in the long run the teams with the most money do the best, and that team has been the Yankees for a very long time. Unless you are a Yankee fan, this just plain sucks: A-Rod, Jeter, Giambi, Sheffield, Williams, Posada - that seems like a reasonable lineup.
- Alex Rodriguez has moved one step closer to playing for the New York Yankees. New York and Texas finalized the terms of a trade Sunday, and the players' association gave its approval. The last hurdle was for commissioner Bud Selig to OK the deal, a high-ranking baseball official told The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity.
The Rangers will pay $67 million of the $179 million left on the AL MVP's record contract. Texas will get All-Star second baseman Alfonso Soriano and a player to be named.
Approval from Selig was expected later Sunday or Monday, and the Yankees began planning for a Tuesday news conference in New York to introduce the first reigning MVP ever traded.
"I was just as surprised as the Yankee fans and the Boston Red Sox fans when I opened up my paper today," President Bush, the Rangers' former owner, told NBC at the Daytona 500. "It, obviously, is a big deal. ... A-Rod's a great player and the Yanks are going to be a heck of a team with him in the infield." [AP]
thank you Mr. Baseball.
- Texas will wind up paying $140 million for three seasons with Rodriguez. The Yankees will owe him $112 million for seven years.