FIFTY THOUSAND MOONS
Thursday, October 15, 2015
Posted by el duque at 7:55 AM
But it's galling when somebody argues that Yankee fans should be happy with finishing second or letting a future star get away - but the ownership saved money! From where I sit, the Steinbrenners will never, not once in their lives, face the pinch of a paycheck. They will never understand what it's like to work a job. They will never know a boss, a layoff, a rent due - nothing. It's not their fault. They don't need to join a barefoot commune. I harbor no ill will toward them on the personal level. I just want them to run the Yankees the way their dad wanted - and the franchise is meant to be run - and that means all-out, overspending, never going chinzy, and caring about only one bottom line: Winning the World Series. If they can't do that, if they don't want to do that, then cash-out - sell the team to somebody who will. That's all. And when some YES-affiliated site cheers the fact that we didn't spend money on Yoan Moncada - or, for that matter, virtually all the Cuban stars whose teams are still playing this week - I can't take it. Something snaps.
Here's the gist of the Pinstriped Prospect story: The Yankees have Jorge Mateo, a fine young shortstop, whom we signed for only $250,000. The Redsocks outbid us for Moncada, paying $63 million, because the luxury tax doubled his cost. So, haha! The Yankees have a much better ROI: Return On Investment.
The investment on both is likely to pay off big-time in a few years. We don't know which of the two will be the RBI leader of the pair, but Mateo is certainly the ROI winner.
(By the way, they do NOT look equal: Moncada looks like Mateo with power.) In the future, whenever Moncada hits a home run against us, we'll say, "Hah! He cost them $63 million! Not worth it! We win again!"
Return On Investment? Seriously, is that the new metric? Should we start calculating the Return On Investment for - say - Jacoby Ellsbury? Chris Capuano? Stephen Drew? If ROI is the new stat, we're in trouble, folks. Yet we're supposed to cheer the team for letting Moncada go, because of the low ROI?
Moncada looks like a future star. Maybe Mateo will be one too. I'm sure glad we didn't trade him to San Diego at the deadline. But Mateo surfaced out of nowhere. He's a great surprise. Moncada hit the market as a blue-chipper. Everybody knew exactly what he is. With a little more desire to win at the owner's level, the Yankees could have them both. Imagine the year 2020: Mateo at SS, Moncada at 2B.
Return On Investment? Now I've heard everything.