You can constrain the payroll, but the imbalances will remain

Earlier this week Joel Sherman, RAB and our very own EJ Fagan all reported that baseball’s new collective bargaining agreement may finally succeed at one of the game’s least achievable goals. It may successfully constrain the bloated Yankee payroll. This revelation prompted lots of speculation about what life would be life for the Yankees...

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Rule 5 Draft and Minor League Notes

The Royals used the fifth pick of the draft to take Cesar Cabral from the Red Sox, before sending him to the Yankees for cash considerations.  Cabral is a left-handed reliever who the Yankee hope to put behind Boone Logan.  Cabral made 36 relief appearances in Class A and Double-A last season.  The Rays took him in the the Rule 5 Draft last year, but returned him to Boston.

A few other notes:

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On the lack of signings

This week, the Yankees did next to nothing at the winter meetings. They did win the rights to Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima, but that’s nothing overly significant. While the Marlins and the Angels went absolutely nuts, the Yankees sat back contently and didn’t do anything.

Some wondered aloud if the Yankees were...

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Your 2011 Anti-IIATMS HOF selections

Albert Pujols

According to Bob Nightingale, the Marlins attempted to match Alex Rodriguez‘s second contract (grrrr, don’t get me started) with a similarly sized deal. Instead, Albert opted for ARod’s first deal:

@BNightengale: The Miami #Marlins actually outbid the #Angels for Pujols,offering 10-year, $275 million deal, sources confirm.

My dearest Marlins fan(s), you will not regret Albert taking this deal. You would, however regret it in about year five, just as Albert’s 10-5 clause will kick in. However, given that Albert Almighty left some $20-25M on the table, he gets the first 2011 anti-IIATMS selection.

C.J. Wilson

At least this guy just came out and said it, which I dig:

“If it was about the money, I’d be a Florida Marlin.”

Evidently, the Marlins were willing to go to $100M for Wilson, which in corporate finance terms, is called “bat-shit crazy”. Your newer text book might refer to it as something else. Nonetheless, props to Wilson for taking what appears to be a lesser offer to draft behind the Pujols big-rig.…

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