Friday, July 4, 2014

I've Got Til 5! - Spending Woes

Not too long ago I was way into contracts. I would constantly write about players' contacts and the Luxury Tax. I don't know if it got too depressing, or if I was just bored of the whole subject, but I eventually stopped caring so much about money and just looked at what the Yankees should do in order to win.

Although it seemed silly to sign a soon-to-be 37 year-old to a three year contact, as long as the Yankees had a better chance of winning, I didn't care... do it. If the team had to eat a lot of money later then so be it.

That doesn't mean I wanted spending to get ridiculous, but when you think about the fact that the Yankees are worth over $2 billion, a few extra million in order to contend for just one season sounded like a pretty good trade-off to me.

But I couldn't help thinking about the money some players are making this season, compared to their contributions to the team. On top of that, the Yankees seem to get more out of those that are making less. So I decided to take a look, and the results are kind of sad...

The kiss between Wall-E and Eve was more of a happy-sad thing. I'm thinking more sad-sad. But in each case tears come to my eyes.

1. Brett Gardner has an OPS+ of 119, which is 2nd to Mark Teixeira's 124. At the same time, Brett will make $5.6 million, which is only the 11th most on the team.

2. CC Sabathia will make $23 million this season, which means he's made approximately $11.5 million so far. However, CC has only been worth $1.1 million in 2014. Talk about taking a loss.

3. While David Robertson, Matt Thornton, and Shawn Kelley will make a combined $10.39 million in 2014, the reliever with the highest WAR on the Yankees... Dellin Betances... will only make $504,100.

"'Only?' Really? At my current job, it would take me approximately 20 years to make that much."

4. Carlos Beltran is batting .222, which is the lowest among Yankee regulars. That .222 average includes 49 hits. Seeing as how he's made about $7.5 million this season, that works out to $153,061.22 per hit.

5. Alfonso Soriano has an OPS+ of 71, which is the lowest among Yankees players with at least 30 plate appearances. At the same time, Alfonso will make $19 million this season.

Not too long ago haters used to complain that the Yankees just bought championships. Those five things above, along with some other stuff (*cough*ARod*cough*), has pretty much killed off that idea.

Before I go, I'll leave you guys with a little bonus...

Even though Alex Rodriguez was suspended for the entire 2014 season, he will still make $3,155,738. Which is more than Kelly Johnson, Brian Roberts, Brendan Ryan, Shawn Kelley, and 23 more players that are or were on the Yankees' 40-man roster.

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