Not Cool

It is not cool that there is a possibility that the Yankees could sign C.C. Sabathia, Derek Lowe, A.J. Burnett and then trade for Jake Peavy. Does anyone else find this to be a little unfair?

I have written a few other articles about how I think there should be a salary cap because this is just getting out of hand. My favorite team will be lucky to sign Lowe or Burnett, let alone both and then Sabathia. This is not cool at all.

What ever happened to developing players and then using them in the majors?

Let’s not forget about the ridiculous trades they make. Nick Swisher for Wilson Betemit, Jeff Marquez and Jhonny Nunez. Betemit was good when he was with the Braves and sparing Chipper from time to time. He hasn’t produced at all with the Yankees. Nunez has a whole 3 innings pitched in the Dominican Winter League while Marquez has allowed 11 runs in 22 innings in the Arizona Fall League.

I thought that the trade was supposed to benefit both teams. Seems to me like the White Sox got screwed big time. Swisher had a down year average wise but still put up respectable power numbers. Why does it seem that the Yankees give up no one and get solid players in return. This whole thing is ridiculous.


  1. thegoodofthegame

    Great minds think alike, it would seem.

    A salary cap would be great but it’s not the league that won’t allow it, its the MLBPA. Players want high salaries and a cap would eliminate all the bidding wars that lead to guys like A-Rod and Manny making numbers that can justifiably be rounded off to a billion dollars. (ok, maybe that’s a stretch, but you get my point)

    Maybe all trades and free agents go through waivers? Or some sort of cap on free agent offers? Something that levels the playing field a little more. A pure salary cap will probably create more problems than it solves, but I completely agree that something needs to be done.

    Vote for me for Commissioner!


  2. Darion

    I dont think the Yanks will get Peavy, but dont forget they might bid on Sheets and Tex too. It is totally insane, but we can only pray that they dont get any of them. They should make a rule where there cannot be a certain number of players with a high payroll or average of 20mm payroll or more.

  3. joba_rule4

    Yanks won’t get Peavy, probably CC and then Lowe.
    The Yanks have all this money because they are a far more accomplished and recognizable organization than the Braves. You go anywhere around the country, scratch that, the world, and you’ll see Yankee logos.
    And any hat, jersey, umbrella, flip flop, you name it, that is purchased sends some money back to the organization. Plus the massive revenue from sellout crowds at many games.
    And finally, the thing most people neglect, the money won from World Series. After winning the World Series, the winning team gets so much money from MLB, commission for next year and merchandise, and it boosts payroll tremendously, and obviously the Yanks use that revenue.

    Closing argument: There is no salary cap, but teams that do have great payrolls are required by MLB to give out millions of dollars to each and every team. What said team chooses to do with the money is up to them. Most teams just keep the money and put it in their pockets, but what they should do is invest it into players so they can have a good franchise, draw commission, and make their own money. That’s what that money is really for, but owners are greedy and figure-heres millions of dollars: do I want to keep it or spend it on other people?


  4. Kaybee

    The Yankees have way too much money. If they get CC, they can’t have Jake. It’s rather sad to see the Yankees go and get all the good players while the Padres REDUCE their payroll by like, a lot. Baseball is so unfair…

  5. hardballblog

    The main reason the Yankees have so much money is where they play, New York City. New York City has the highest population in the United States. This creates a large revenue just by opportunity. New York City has about 8 million residents. If you do the math it will show that if 1 in every 160 people in New York City go to the Yankees game there will be 50,000 people. Some teams struggle to get 30,000 to a game let alone 50,000 every night. If a salary cap isn’t used they should give each team the same amount of money to use on salaries and the rest is used for the ballpark maintenance, company raises, etc…

  6. Darion

    If the Braves moved to New York, I’m sure they will have plenty of money, too. But that wont happen so we wont ever have as much or even 1/2 of the money they have unless they sell all the good players and everyone stops going to the games and buying their things. Atlanta has one of the biggest fanbases in baseball but no one goes to the games.

  7. Grant McAuley

    I just got through going through some of this in my blog as well. It seems like we always see the Yankees as serious suitors for more than a few star players each off-season. Sometimes I wonder what could be done to control them, but in the end, I hang my hat on the fact that all those high-payroll teams they’ve fielded haven’t won a World Series crown since 2000. Think about all that money spent. All that said, I think the Padres will end up dealing Peavy to Atlanta.

  8. Elizabeth D.

    It’d be crazy if they got CC, Lowe, Burnett, AND Peavy (although I think Peavy is kind of unlikely). It would be unfair… and I think that a salary cap should be debated. I’ve thought about it before, and I’m not really sure about my opinion on it. It is an interesting topic however. Also, I don’t think Lowe wants to go to New York. I’d like the Red Sox to sign him, but that’s wishful thinking on my part.
    I’m assuming that you’re favorite team is the Braves (judging by your hat in the picture). Are they still in contention for Peavy?

  9. hardballblog

    The Braves’ GM Frank Wren has stopped actively pursuing Peavy, as in he has stopped making offers to the Padres. Atlanta put out a very good package in my mind, as it has some very talented players in it that fit the Padres’ needs. I think the Padres will realize that Atlanta put the best offer on the table and eventually come crawling back to it. Thanks for the comments!

  10. wisbrave

    Am I the only one that is worried about Peavys splits? Last year he had a 2.85 Era, at Petco he had 1.74 ERA, and on the road he had a 4.28 ERA. The guy seems like he was made for Petco Park. What ERA are we going to get and what ERA are we trading for? My guess is that his ERA will be 3.25 – 3.50 some where in that region, if he comes to Atlanta, which is still good, but I have a feeling that every one is expecting the 2.85 ERA. I do hope he comes to Atlanta, but I’m sketchy about what we are supposedly offering to get him.

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