Re: Yankees to sign Tanaka
posted at 1/25/2014 5:15 PM EST
In response to pinstripezac35's comment:
didn't the 189 only start at the end of 2012
and just how adamant is 1
when they continually say
'' the 189 is a goal but they wouldn't put it B4
putting a championship contender on the field ''
Here is why we keep saying the Yankees are desperate besides the fact that it's true. The new luxury tax rules were announced in Nov. 2012, I believe.
Prior to the 2013 season, the Yankees were very adamant about being under the tax limit by 2014.
Here are some quotes from the Yankees officials before 2013:
"Yankees officials are insisting that you either commit to a philosophy or not, and they remain galvanized on gaining the financial benefits that are available via the collective bargaining agreement if they slip below $189 million.
Many outside executives remain skeptical, especially wondering if the Yankees truly will have this discipline should they miss the playoffs in 2013 and/or attendance plummets. For now, though, general manager Brian Cashman could not have been more definitive: “We are not going to be over the $189 million.”"
"“I’m looking at it as a goal, but my goals are normally considered a requirement,” Steinbrenner said "
And the best one yet:
“I’m a finance geek,” he said. “I guess I always have been. That’s my background. Budgets matter, and balance sheets matter. I just feel that if you do well on the player-development side and you have a good farm system, you don’t need a $220 million payroll. You don’t. You can field every bit as good a team with young talent.”
The whole idea of "it's a goal, not a mandate" did not surface until the 2013 offseason.
Granted, the Yankees FO did say that they would always field try to field a competitive team. However, they were very adamant about getting under the tax limit initially, and their offseason moves last year supported that.
Then, 2013 happened, the Yankees FO panicked, and the whole philosophy went out the window. That is desperation.
One other thing Zac. As with the idea of Red Sox fans being desperate, the idea of Red Sox fans having "sour grapes" and being fans of the reigning WS Champions are mutually exclusive.
As I said earlier, you are trying way too hard.