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Yankees visiting Lee in Arkansas

Posted on: November 10, 2010 10:05 am
Edited on: November 10, 2010 10:39 am
 
The Yankees, including general manager Brian Cashman, are flying to Arkansas to meet with Cliff Lee. MLB Trade Rumors first reported the trip, while Joel Sherman of the New York Post added the fact Cashman would be in the group.

The Yankees had already contacted Lee's agent minutes after the start of free agency on Sunday at midnight.

New York is seen as the favorite for the free-agent pitcher.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Since: May 22, 2009
Posted on: January 12, 2011 1:13 pm
 

Yankees visiting Lee in Arkansas

OK LUXURY!!

WTF, Fox paid $80MM per annum for a TV deal with this team?  What a waste of money, the Rangers are done without Lee. You will be supporting Houston by mid-season.



Since: Jun 29, 2010
Posted on: November 10, 2010 9:14 pm
 

Yankees visiting Lee in Arkansas

Ever see Damn Yankees???  Truth is the Yankees have been hated for years, well before Steinbrenner and the free Agent era. Yankee fans actually don't care about other fans opinion or jealous rage, if that is the price of fielding a winning team. Wonder why no one hates the Mets????? that happen to have the 2nd highest payroll in baseball. However,  yankee haters should direct their rage at the management of their own teams. There is opportunity for every team in the MLB, and SF winning it all this year is proof.

There is no excuse when your team has been in the cellar for several years, receive top draft picks year after year, and do not field reasonably paid young stars ( see TB Rays and WA Nats who are on the verge). You may remember the losing Yankees of the late 80's-early 90's who some how came up with Bernie Williams and the core four, etc. who at the start of their careers were reasonably paid young stars that became the cornerstones of a dynasty. Believe it or not, these young stars made a ton of money for the Steinbrenners by filling the stadium every night, putting them in a position to negotiate a lucrative cable contract, and launch the Yes network.

So go ahead and hate the Yankees, because the Yankee fans don't give a damn. 



 



Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: November 10, 2010 7:04 pm
 

Yankees visiting Lee in Arkansas

Some of you just don't get it.  The Yankees can afford to go after quality players year in and year out because they make more than enough money to do that.  They have a lucrative TV contract and extremely high merchandising revenues.  Why?  Because they are committed to putting a quality product on the field year in and year out.  They are arguably the most storied franchise in all of sports.  Their 27 World Championships is way beyond any other team in any other sport.  And money does not guarentee success!  The Mets are living proof.  As are the Red Sox.  And remember, the Yankees are not a "bought" team.  Most of the key/core players are homegrown.  In case you forgot, let me refresh your memory.  Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada, Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, Robinson Cano, Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain and Brett Gardner.  Beyond that, small market teams (like the Rangers) are able to stay afloat only because they get a share of the luxery tax the Yankees pay out each year and the dramatic increase in attendance you get whenever the Yankees come to town.  So instead of knockiing the Yankees, you should be thanking them!!!!

RU1983 -- To answer your 'Why' question -- They have a lucrative TV contract because they live in the largest city in the US by a landslide.  NY is bigger than the next 3 biggest cities COMBINED.  Guess what it means when you have 10 million people living in NYC alone?  That means you will sell the most merchandise.  It's not rocket science.  NY isn't some marketing genius.  They are who they are because of location and history.

As I stated earlier -- I commend the Yankees on a couple of the players that have been brought up with the organization, but the players you listed, outside of Jeter, Cano and Rivera are hardly the 'core' of your team.  Texeira, ARod, Sabbathia -- those are core players along with Cano, Jeter, Rivera.  As for Cano -- I stated already the Yankee brass were doing everything in their power to give away Cano.  They wanted to put him in the ARod deal.  They wanted to include him in the Beltran deal that fell thru.  They wanted to include him in the Randy Johnson deal.  NY had NO CLUE Cano would be what is right now.

It cracks me up how the NY fanbase thinks their front office is working miracles.  You could hire a guy off the street and give him a blank checkbook and they could field a winning team.  I have no idea how Cashman keeps his job?  1 championship in 10 years and 2 billion in payroll? 



Since: Jun 29, 2010
Posted on: November 10, 2010 4:01 pm
 

Yankees visiting Lee in Arkansas


Luggage

The truth is the Yankees play in New York which happens to be one of the most attractive cities in the world to operate a sports franchise in terms of opportunity (population density, per capita income). However, this is a double edged sword. Either you are a winner or a bum. Having lots of money at your disposal is no guarantee to success. Again, take a look at the mets, knicks and rangers. The Steinbrenners wisely chose to re-invest in the yankee franchise to build family wealth as opposed to taking all the profits out of the business year after year and handing it to the Madoff's of the world like the Wilpon's and other owners. I realize that this may all to much for a simple-minded person to understand, so please take your time reading this. The mets do not take in the same amount of cash because their management makes bad decisions, pockets profits, does not invest in its farm system, and loses year after year and then pays the price vis-a-vis lower attendance. The Yankees wisely passed over guys like K Rod, etc. because of character issues. Players such as Tex and Sabathia passed over the Mets because of management issues.

What is your proposed solution - break up the Yanks???, make the Yanks move from NY???? Salary caps?????. keep in mind the yanks are the largest contributer by far to revenue sharing which is free income to other owners.  




Since: Sep 7, 2007
Posted on: November 10, 2010 3:14 pm
 

Yankees visiting Lee in Arkansas

Luxery??? WTF is luxery??? If you meant l u x u r y , then I can understand what you are talking about. Maybe you can get some of that luxury tax and go to Sylvan & learn how to spellCool  Meanwhile, the Rangers have a brand new 20 year, $80 million per year TV deal with Fox, so they probably won't need the "luxery" tax money from the Spankees. Plus, he probably won't want to come up to NY with the way the fans treated his wife during the ALCS. Also, The Rangers can pay him about 3 million less per year, and because of taxes, it will be the same $$$$



Since: Apr 14, 2010
Posted on: November 10, 2010 3:00 pm
 

Yankees visiting Lee in Arkansas

The Yankees are 1 of the least profitable teams- at least adding to owner income. They put it back into the team.. The most profitable teams are the Steinbrenner Welfare puppies Rays, As, Pitates, Marlins, KC



Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: November 10, 2010 2:43 pm
 

Yankees visiting Lee in Arkansas

Lee will do nicely sitting next to A J in the bullpen. They will both be a BUST next year. What did Lee do in Texas? 12-9 regular season. The Giants beat him twice in the WS. He is not the great pitcher you think he is. Let the Yanks blow their money on him & he will be 12-9 next year also. Lots of money for an average pitcher.



Since: Jul 24, 2009
Posted on: November 10, 2010 2:37 pm
 

Yankees visiting Lee in Arkansas

One of many reasons I enjoy being a Yankee fan is the burning hatred people have for them.  Yankee fans don't control how much the team spends and how they conduct their business.  It makes me laugh seeing these posts that show so much hatred towards a baseball team.  Do they have a spending advantage over most teams in baseball?? Absolutley!  If other Yankee fans disagree, then they are clueless!  The system is what it is, there's going to be no salary cap b/c the owners and players don't support it.  How is baseball supposed to implement changes without approval from the players and every single owner??   If somebody has an answer to that question, I'd love to hear it!



Since: Aug 4, 2009
Posted on: November 10, 2010 2:35 pm
 

Yankees visiting Lee in Arkansas

I agree that more money spent doesn't equal quality product (LA Dodgers, Mets for example).  However, NYC is the #1 TV market.  They can still spend over $300 million on payroll, pay the luxury taxes (that is, welfare to KC and Pittsburgh), buy a stake in Man U and still make a handsome profit.



Since: Nov 1, 2006
Posted on: November 10, 2010 2:12 pm
 

Yankees visiting Lee in Arkansas

Some of you just don't get it.  The Yankees can afford to go after quality players year in and year out because they make more than enough money to do that.  They have a lucrative TV contract and extremely high merchandising revenues.  Why?  Because they are committed to putting a quality product on the field year in and year out.  They are arguably the most storied franchise in all of sports.  Their 27 World Championships is way beyond any other team in any other sport.  And money does not guarentee success!  The Mets are living proof.  As are the Red Sox.  And remember, the Yankees are not a "bought" team.  Most of the key/core players are homegrown.  In case you forgot, let me refresh your memory.  Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada, Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, Robinson Cano, Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain and Brett Gardner.  Beyond that, small market teams (like the Rangers) are able to stay afloat only because they get a share of the luxery tax the Yankees pay out each year and the dramatic increase in attendance you get whenever the Yankees come to town.  So instead of knockiing the Yankees, you should be thanking them!!!!


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