Friday, January 1, 2016
Posted by el duque at 8:10 AM
In recent years, one fundamental delirium is our belief that the Yankee brain trust is marshaling its nickels to sign Bryce Harper - the NL MVP - in 2019, when he is just 26. It will cost the economy of a First World nation to sign Harper - the contract will have as many pages as the Patriot Act, full of no-trade and opt-out clauses, private jets, skyscrapers in Dubai, mercenary armies, women soccer teams and a giant gold statue overlooking Manhattan. It's going to be the kind of deal Hal "I'm Not Cheap" Steinbrenner loathes... and the kind that teams like the Dodgers, Mariners, Redsocks and maybe even the Mets will be delighted to bestow.
It's time we start realizing a long term trend. The Yankees prefer to make money, not spend it.
Yesterday, the Dodgers signed Scott Kasmir for three years, along with Kenta Maeda, reputed to be Japan's best pitcher. The Maeda deal requires a big ($20 million, reported) finder's fee to the Hiroshima Carp, just for the rights to shovel more money at him. It's doubtful the Yankees ever even lifted the phone on either deal - and each pitcher could have been a huge key to us challenging in 2016.
(I know, I know... it must be getting stale, hearing me complain about Yankee penny-pinchers. But the bar for whining just got lowered, with George Lucas calling Disney "white slavers." Should I start calling Hal something like that?)
Does anyone think the Dodgers will sit out the future auction for Harper? If so, why? Does anyone think the Redsocks, the Mets, or even the Nationals won't offer surreal lifetime contracts? Harper famously grew up as a Yankee fan. Is that what we base our hopes on... that he'll give us a discount to play in NYC? If so, have another jelly doughnut. And here's a secondary question: If the Yankees in 2019 have nothing to show over a decade of austerity - a very plausible scenario, from where we sit right now - will we be in danger of sinking all our resources into one player, as a fellow named George once did with a guy named Rickie?
Happy New Year.