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Yankees Going Hard After Manny?

Posted on: December 17, 2008 9:29 am
Edited on: December 17, 2008 10:37 am

Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News talked to one baseball official (presumably not with the Yankees) who believes the Yankees are "going hard" after Manny Ramirez.  That official sees the Yanks willing to offer three years, while other execs see them stopping at two years, $50MM.  Another source told Feinsand that Brian Cashman isn't keen on Manny but Hank and Hal Steinbrenner are.  Feinsand wonders whether the team's interest in Ramirez is one reason they've put the Mike Cameron trade on hold.

You'll find a differing point of view from Joel Sherman and Ken Davidoff, who do not see the Yankees signing Manny.  By the way, Jon Heyman talked to a friend of Manny's who dismissed the idea of retirement.


Since: Dec 18, 2008
Posted on: December 18, 2008 9:49 am

Yankees Going Hard After Manny?

as mentioned- it will ruin the integrity? i tell ya - BLUE JAY fan- NOT!!! when the Jays won their 2 championships- they had the highest pay roll- so please!, its fans like you- stop watching and watch the WNBA!!

Since: Jan 5, 2007
Posted on: December 18, 2008 9:44 am

Yankees Going Hard After Manny?

Just a quick question.............will the Yankees have any end to their payroll this year?  I mean, why not just sign every top free agent out there since money is no object.  MLB - you gotta love it.  What a level playing field. 

By the way Yankees brass......................THANKS for signing the oft-injured, overrated, overhyped and now OVERPAID AJ Burnett.  I guess one decent (not good or great) year warrants that much money.  Enjoy the 15 starts you'll get each year, and the major attitude in the clubhouse.

Since: Dec 18, 2008
Posted on: December 18, 2008 9:40 am

Yankees Going Hard After Manny?

Treated him like garbage...are you kidding me!   What asking I guy to do is job, one in which he is getting paid alot of money is treating him like garbage.  The man quit on his team......quit!!  He refused to play.  He held the team hostage and basically said, with his actions, that if they didn't trade him he would quit.  How about those knees.  Every effin time he said he couldn't play becuase his knees hurt the sox would have an MRI done.  Guess what, never a problem.  And oh yeah, lets not forget the time he said his right knee hurt and when he went for the MRI he said it was his left knee.  He was treated like gold in Boston.  He could have been a legend in Boston.  Had he played hard all year long, helped them win a championship (which they would have if he was on the team and playing), the Sox would have opened the vault. 

Since: Dec 16, 2007
Posted on: December 18, 2008 9:31 am

Yankees Going Hard After Manny?

and can you explain to me exactly how Garciaparra got treated like crap?  the guy was/is injury prone.  take a look at the 2 years leading up to that trade.  how many games did he play total?  we were in the middle of the pennant race, I hear you say nothing about the cubs letting him walk for NOTHING, at least the redsux(show me your rings) got something in return for him.,  as for clemens the  former GM(ducette) thought he was "past his prime"and without steroids that very well may have been true.  Let manny hit 500 against us it will only do the yankees good for the 19 games the redsox play them in any given year.

Since: Nov 20, 2006
Posted on: December 18, 2008 9:16 am

Yankees Going Hard After Manny?

Hal Steinbrenner wants to have a say... that's good news for any team, b/c he's such a savvy baseball guy.  This is the same guy who wanted the NL to join the rest of baseball and have a DH b/c his highly paid professional pitcher can't run around bases.  Newsflash Hal, baseball is without the DH.  Part of your teams legacy is that Ruth was one of the greatest hitting pitchers in the history of baseball... he wouldn't have to many hits if there was a DH. 

Since: Oct 27, 2008
Posted on: December 18, 2008 8:25 am

Yankees Going Hard After Manny?

This is the problem many fans see it as entertainment......THIS IS A any other and workers want to increase revenues.....want to make money......In this day and age baseball (and all other sports, for that matter) is what it is.......

The Yanks have made some great moves to be the financial powerhouse they are......the cable station.....the marketing of the brand.....Mr Stienbrenner & Co have done a great job with the 10 million dollar investment they made in 1973....they took a team that was mediocre in a desintigrating stadium and made it into what you now see......the flagship not just of baseball bit OF ALL PROFESSIONAL SPORTS!

Other owners wish they had made the same moves......

I'm not saying they've been right in everything they've done but they want to get 4 million fans a year and they invest a great deal of money in the product thay put on the field......its not unlike say Mercedes putting the best of technology into a car so you'll spend another 10-20K instead of buying a FORD.....The Yanks are capitalists....they spend top dollar and expect their fans to do the same.....

Now for myself.....I went to 6-10 games a year in the its 1 or 2....and its just too expensive.....there's a dowside for the average fan.....

If you are lookig for the purity of are about 100 years too late........

Since: Jan 14, 2008
Posted on: December 18, 2008 7:40 am

Yankees Going Hard After Manny?


Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: December 18, 2008 7:39 am

Yankees Going Hard After Manny?

thats funny, because unless im mistaken there was a team in the world series with a pretty small payroll, and im pretty sure that team was able to finish above both the yankees and the red sox. So dont say its unfair to the smaller teams, you still have to perform once on the field. Look at the tigers last season. Before the season analysts were talkin bout how the tigers were goin to set runs records and how they were going to destroy everybody and basically gave them the trophy before 1 game was played....they finished dead last in their division. You never know what can happen, instead of bitchin bout the high payroll, just remember that only one team can win it all, and when its not the yanks or sox, you can laugh and feel a lil better

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: December 18, 2008 7:21 am

Yankees Going Hard After Manny?

Treated him like garbage?  Do you mean after he assaulted a 62 year old man, or when he refused to take the bat off his shoulders in Yankee stadium in a big game? Or when he faked an injury so he didn't have to play, or when he lied about it to his fans. When he dogged it so he could get out of his contract ? Sound familiar?

Since: Sep 8, 2007
Posted on: December 18, 2008 4:06 am

Yankees Going Hard After Manny?

I know what its like in the big city. Lots of competition for the entertainment buck.  Lots of competition for the front page as well.  Big names and controversy will accomplish that sometimes more so than success.  I'm not gonna argue whether its right that the Yankees can lure top talent.  I will state for the umpteenth time that the best way to achieve long term success is to develop young talent via the farm system and to lock up that talent through long term contracts.  You can then identify areas of weakness and fortify your roster with available free agents or via the trade market.  Thats been tried and true for awhile now.  Thats exactly how the Yankees attained their success of the mid-nineties.  Guys like Jeter, Rivera, Posada and Soriano came up from the minors and they acquired the talent they needed to put them over the top. 
Todays young superstars are coming out of college and even some from high school nearly major league ready.  A half year at AA or AAA and the Utleys, Howards, Longorias, Brauns, etc. are ready to go.  At a fraction of the cost of a well- seasoned ( or perhaps over-seasoned) superstar.  Signing top free agents cost valuable draft picks at a time when the Yankees could REALLY use them. 
The other thing is that its much easier to fill your needs through the minors.  Available free agent talent doesn't always match your needs.  Example:  Good leadoff hitters are hard to come by.  Much cheaper to draft a few Pedroias or Ellsburys and hoping one pans out than overspending on a Damon.  Any good roto-leaguer knows for a fact that practically every big leaguer is at his pinnacle at age 27.  After that its generally down hill.  Some fade faster than others, but 27 is about top of the hill.  Which, coincidentally enough, is about the time a guy hits the free agent market.  Gotta overpay for Damon, who at 27 hit .326 with 136 runs scored.  With his defensive shortcomings he's now only barely able to hold onto a full time job.  Yet he's being paid to perform as if he was 27 again. 
Without that foundation of home grown talent, that disparity will only increase.  But judging by the amount of responses to this post.  The Yankee fans are quite happy with what they've got.  Good luck with your expectations...           

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