Re: the Hammer has become the Nail...
posted at 12/21/2013 2:26 AM EST
In response to Hfxsoxnut's comment:
In response to kimsaysthis' comment:
In response to LagunaJose's comment:
If the Yankees ignore the 50 percent penalty and keep spending regardless of it then MLB will have to increase the penalty. The thinking behind the penalty was to discourage owners with endless pockets to stop ruining baseball. Something to consider that is better than a penalty is to just have a regulation that tells them that they can't increase their payroll at all for any reason.
That's what I was saying in another thread. Money as a penalty for the Yankees is a joke. MLB even knows that. Why do they keep allowing them to spend whatever they want?
If the Yankees really could spend whatever they want, why on earth would they let their best player go to Seattle?
Make no mistake about it, Cano stopped talking to the Yankees. They were looking for a second basemen because they knew there was NO negotiation going to happen. There were rumors he was unhappy with Girardi, and I have said I believe something may have happened in their initial meeting. He left and he never looked back, and they knew it.
He was also in contact with Felix, who, obviously, wanted him there (maybe they're friends). He said he was insulted by the Yankees, and that the Mariners had treated him like family, which Felix had told him they would.
Incredibly or not, he was not on the table for the Yankees to even top any offer, which they probably WOULD HAVE DONE. No question. Their best player was already gone, and not coming back.
It probably doesn't help the Yankees that he was jumping off a sinking ship. Not the reason, but I'm sure it didn't help.