Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Most Popular Article of the Week: The Yoan Moncada Rant You All Knew Was Coming

Somehow I forgot to do this yesterday like I normally do so we are doing the Tuesday Edition of the Most Popular Article of the Week where I ranted and raved about the New York Yankees losing out on the Yoan Moncada sweepstakes. Enjoy, again. 

You guys read my stuff and you know I tend to pour my heart into subjects that I truly feel passionate about. With that said I think you all were waiting and knowing that this rant about the Boston Red Sox signing Yoan Moncada was coming, right?

Moncada ended up signing with Boston for $31.5 million which equates to $63 million after penalties for going over the International Free Agents cap. When you consider that any team that blows past the cap like the New York Yankees and now the Red Sox have they cannot sign an IFA for more than $300K for each of the next two seasons. New York always spends in the International market and cannot for the next two seasons so signing Moncada for $63 million this season would really only equate to $21 million annually spread across three years, also known as chump change for New York.

I’ve always been under the impression that you bring in the best possible players and then you find a spot in the field and in the lineup for them. It doesn’t matter, to me, if Robert Refsnyder looks like the next Babe Ruth in Triple-A, it’s Triple-A for a reason. If they both work out, great, and if they don’t then at least you have a backup plan. It’s also worth mentioning that Moncada is 19 years old. If he’s “blocked” at second base see if he can play shortstop, or first base, or third base, or the outfield, or catcher or something. He’s young, agile, versatile, and teachable while still a year or more away from the big leagues anyway.

My plan, and I urge you all to follow me in this plan, is to hit the Yankees in the pocket. I’m not going to see any Yankees games this year. I’m not buying the YES Network this year. I’m not planning on buying any new Yankees merchandise or memorabilia. They will get my MLB TV money and that’s it. If the team cannot justify to me, the consumer, that their ticket prices and merchandise prices and YES Network subscriptions (which I know they have basically sold out of) then I cannot justify shelling out major dollars to see the team live. I can’t do it. I’m not going to spend hundreds of dollars to go see Andrew Miller, Didi Gregorius, or an over the hill CC Sabathia or Carlos Beltran. I would for Masahiro Tanaka or Michael Pineda and I damn sure would have for Moncada, but you had that chance and you blew it. It’s time to hit them in the pockets.

And notice that I waited almost a full day to post this. I am not shooting off from the hip and I am not letting my emotions or anger write this. I am calm, I am level headed and I know what I am saying to be true and factual. I hope that you fall in line and follow me. Rusney Castillo and now this…

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