The luxury tax: still meaningless

I know I’m getting into dead-horse territory with this point, but as long as people keep not getting it I feel like I’m going to have to keep saying it. Here’s Tanya Bondurant of Pinstriped Bible, talking about Plan 189 in light of Ken Rosenthal’s report on the revenue sharing refund pool yesterday:

If the team realizes that they may not end up with as much financial relief as they thought, could they be willing to just scrap the plan all together? A potential 50% luxury tax penalty is incredibly high, and the team would be smart to do everything they can to avoid throwing that extra money away, but would the money saved be worth it if they field a team that fails to be competitive? I don’t think the goal of $189 million is a myth, but I do think it could easily be thrown out and forgotten if the front office doesn’t see enough monetary benefit from suddenly needing to pinch their pennies.…

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Hairston gets his two-year deal

So much for being in a New York state of mind. After being linked primarily to the Yankees and Mets for pretty much the duration of the winter, Scott Hairston has agreed to a two year contract with the Chicago Cubs, as reported by Ken Rosenthal. Hairston was the Yankees’ primary target for the role of right-handed hitting fourth outfielder, but it doesn’t appear as though the two sides were ever necessarily close, as Hairston reportedly held out for a multi-year deal and more playing time. He’ll get both of them with the woeful Cubs, though I can’t say I understand their logic here at all. Hairston won’t help them win many more games, and though there’s something to be said for a professional franchise to keep trying to sell tickets rather than just bottoming out before the roster is competitive again, I don’t know how for towards that goal Hairston gets them either.

Either way, he’s off the market now, and barring some really unforeseen development, the Yankees will likely select their fourth outfielder from a competition between Matt Diaz, Russ Canzler, and whomever else they can wrangle up for a song.…

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On the Money 1/23/2013

On tonight’s program, former IIATMS contributor Chip Buck joined Stacey and me to talk about the offseason goings on of the 93 loss also-rans Yankees’ bitter rivals in Boston. Here’s a preview: none of us see the Red Sox competing for a playoff spot this upcoming season. We also discuss the possibility that the Yankees have their Opening Day roster in place already, spend a little bit of time laughing at Boston sports fans, and I finally get enticed into a legitimately angry monologue directed at the Yankees’ ownership group. Enjoy!

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Yankees have “no interest” in Kottaras

Well this is certainly…interesting:

Oakland designated Kottaras for assignment when they acquired John Jaso in the Michael Morse swap, and he seemed like a perfect fit for the Yankees. Don’t get me wrong, he’s not a world beater, but he’s a career .226/.315/.436 hitter against right-handed pitchers and he plays okay defense. Best of all, I guess, he’s got a non-guaranteed contract that will only pay him about $1 million in 2013, so you’d think that might have piqued the team’s interest. Apparently not.

I honestly don’t know what to say about the catching situation, at this point, except that it appears as though it may simply be the case that Brian Cashman is really fond of someone on the current roster.

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Derek Jeter on MLB Tonight

Derek Jeter sat down with Harold Reynolds of MLB Network for to talk about his injured ankle, the Yankees, and the picture in the New York Post that made it appear as though Jeter had been packing on the pounds while on the shelf:

Some choice quotes from The Captain:

On preparing for the season after surgery:

“My target’s the season. My target’s always the season. Spring Training is so long. You start playing games. You don’t play all the games to begin with. You start playing a little bit more towards the end of Spring. I haven’t talked to our trainers. I don’t know what my schedule is like, but I’ll be ready for the regular season.”

On the Yankees’ lack of impact acquisitions in the offseason:

“I like when we bring teams back. We were pretty successful in the regular season last year. We won the most games in the American League last year, which didn’t translate into the playoffs, but we had a good team and we have an opportunity to bring a lot of guys back.…

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Would The Yankees Really Go To Tampa With What They’ve Got Right Now?

"Canzler, Nix, Diaz, Nunez, pop the champagne. Amiright, guys???" Courtesy of Getty Images

(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod)

I didn’t write about it last week when the comments were made because it didn’t...

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USA vs The Field

Ever since baseball’s removal from the Olympic program, the World Baseball Classic has been filling the void when it comes to establishing international baseball supremacy. Although the product is better than that of the Olympics, it is still pretty watered down in terms of who actually chooses to participate. The tournament is still relatively young and will hopefully continue to carry more weight with Major League players but it is obvious that it is still lacking, especially if you take a look at the preliminary rosters. Since I have the time on my hands, I have taken the liberty of ranking the top-five teams based upon their rosters and how the good ole’ US 0f A fairs relative to the competition. ‘

1) Venezuela:

Not surprisingly, this team is pretty stacked from top-to-bottom, boasting what is arguably the best infield outside of the US with very good power at three of the four spots, and anchored by Triple Crown-winner Miguel Cabrera.…

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