Despite economy, Yanks will be big sp...

Despite economy, Yanks will be big spenders

There are 90 comments on the Newsday story from Nov 12, 2008, titled Despite economy, Yanks will be big spenders. In it, Newsday reports that:

The Yankees know their needs - starting pitching tops the list - and are ready to start spending once free agency opens Friday, co-chairperson Hal Steinbrenner said yesterday.

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Will

Hollis, NY

#1 Nov 12, 2008
There they go again driving up prices and ruining the game.
regular guy

United States

#3 Nov 12, 2008
The Yankees will probably spend about 300 mil on contracts this year, and still not make the playoffs!!
Diogenes

Monsey, NY

#4 Nov 12, 2008
Instead of throwing money at the players, why don't they pay the players for wins. Maybe $3 million for a winnning a complete game and less for other results. They can give them $50 thousand for a start. This way they can't have another fiasco like Pavano. The meritocracy will pay for results not past results that you had on another team.
DAVID

Brooklyn, NY

#5 Nov 12, 2008
regular guy wrote:
The Yankees will probably spend about 300 mil on contracts this year, and still not make the playoffs!!
stop crying,the Yankees allready won 26 championships before 2003 when the payroll went way up,but payroll has nothing to do with winning anyway,you win with heart and chemistry like the 1996-2001 Yankees,so stop crying about money,the Yankees put the money from 55,000 fans and the YES network back into the team,your probably a jealous melt fan that has the highest payroll in the nl every year and finished in last place 2002,2003,2004,2005 and has not won in 23 years,the Yankees just missed the playoffs for the first time since 1993,but still won 89 and fell short because of the injuries,your melts could spend 500m and still would not win anything because the UN-amazin choking melts have no heart,get it?
Dude

New York, NY

#6 Nov 12, 2008
Didn't Heyman write an article a few weeks ago saying teh Yanks weren't going to spend big?

Which one is it Newsday. What are you covering all the bases?
Bunch of fools.
DAVIDLOVESTHECOC K

Long Island City, NY

#7 Nov 12, 2008
David, let me guess, you're a "lifelong Yankee fan" who never even cared for the team prior to 1996. Why are you so worried about what people have to say about the Yankees? I've never seen a fan base (talking about Yankee "fans") who are so worried about what other people have to say about "their" ballclub. But sure enough, if anyone dares to criticize the mighty Yankees, their fanbase is reduced to a quivering mass of jello which can only retort with the tired "Yankees have 26 championships" line. The Yankees have 26 championships, a large number of which you weren't around for. Hooray for you. The bottom line is that the Yankees have a lot of issues, and as per usual, they feel they can solve those issues by throwing money at them. Which hasn't exactly worked for 8 years running now, has it?
Go figure

Red Hook, NY

#8 Nov 12, 2008
Forget Teixeira. Go after CC and bring back Pettitte. See what it would take to get Blalock from Texas. Let him play 1st. He would replace some the the left handed power lost in Giambi and Abreu.

Rotation- Sabathia, Wang, Chamberlain, Pettitte and Hughes with Aceves and Kennedy as fill ins in case of injury.

The bullpen looks good. Let Gardner and Melky play the CF/4th outfielder role and I think the Yankees are better than they were in 2008.
Girardi

Tillson, NY

#9 Nov 12, 2008
They can spend all the money they want but they will never win with Cashman running the team !
Cleveland

New York, NY

#10 Nov 12, 2008
DAVID wrote:
<quoted text>stop crying,the Yankees allready won 26 championships before 2003 when the payroll went way up,but payroll has nothing to do with winning anyway,you win with heart and chemistry like the 1996-2001 Yankees,so stop crying about money,the Yankees put the money from 55,000 fans and the YES network back into the team,your probably a jealous melt fan that has the highest payroll in the nl every year and finished in last place 2002,2003,2004,2005 and has not won in 23 years,the Yankees just missed the playoffs for the first time since 1993,but still won 89 and fell short because of the injuries,your melts could spend 500m and still would not win anything because the UN-amazin choking melts have no heart,get it?
oye vey David, have a nosh already and calm yourself. You're just another dirty, dumb,.........hebrew.
Go figure

Red Hook, NY

#11 Nov 12, 2008
Will wrote:
There they go again driving up prices and ruining the game.
I think your Metsies have driven up the prices in the past few years. Do any of these contracts ring a bell?

Castillo--$24 million over 4 years

Santana --$137 million over 6 years

Santana is the highest paid pitcher and Castillo, while not the highest paid 2nd baseman, is certainly overpriced by about $4 million a year.

How about Carlos Silva at $48 million for 4 years.

Or Barry Zito at $126 million for 8 years?

None of these were done by the Yankees. So get off your Mets step stool, shut ze fluck up and have a coke.
DAVID

Brooklyn, NY

#13 Nov 12, 2008
DAVIDLOVESTHECOCK wrote:
David, let me guess, you're a "lifelong Yankee fan" who never even cared for the team prior to 1996. Why are you so worried about what people have to say about the Yankees? I've never seen a fan base (talking about Yankee "fans") who are so worried about what other people have to say about "their" ballclub. But sure enough, if anyone dares to criticize the mighty Yankees, their fanbase is reduced to a quivering mass of jello which can only retort with the tired "Yankees have 26 championships" line. The Yankees have 26 championships, a large number of which you weren't around for. Hooray for you. The bottom line is that the Yankees have a lot of issues, and as per usual, they feel they can solve those issues by throwing money at them. Which hasn't exactly worked for 8 years running now, has it?
guess again coward,I have been a Yankee fan since birth,I loved the teams of the 80's just as much as the 1996 to present teams,it is not about the rings,it is about the pinstripes,and I am not worried what jealous idiots say but I just love to hammer them and set them straight that what they are crying about makes no sense,and that is right we have 26 championships and we can always refer to them anytime we want,let me guess your either a choking never win melt fan or a finally won twice in 90 year deadsox fan,and everyone tries to sign players when other players leave to other teams or retire and that is the name of the game as you cant always pull gems from the farm like late 90's teams did,and it has worked in 2001 just short of another ring,2003 game 6 of world series,2004 game 7 of alcs,this is not exactly failing,just face it the Yankees had a dynasty from 1996 until 2007 where they won four rings,played in six world series,and made the playoffs every year until 2008 where the injuries kept us to only 89 wins which is good considering all the injuries,so guess again coward!
DAVID

Brooklyn, NY

#14 Nov 12, 2008
Cleveland wrote:
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oye vey David, have a nosh already and calm yourself. You're just another dirty, dumb,.........hebrew.
listen coward,pay attention to the post which makes perfect sense and shows how crying about the money they spend makes no sense and just shows how dumb and bitter people are of the Yankees,so look in your broken mirror in your trailer park home and you will see dumb!
regular guy

United States

#15 Nov 12, 2008
DAVID wrote:
<quoted text>stop crying,the Yankees allready won 26 championships before 2003 when the payroll went way up,but payroll has nothing to do with winning anyway,you win with heart and chemistry like the 1996-2001 Yankees,so stop crying about money,the Yankees put the money from 55,000 fans and the YES network back into the team,your probably a jealous melt fan that has the highest payroll in the nl every year and finished in last place 2002,2003,2004,2005 and has not won in 23 years,the Yankees just missed the playoffs for the first time since 1993,but still won 89 and fell short because of the injuries,your melts could spend 500m and still would not win anything because the UN-amazin choking melts have no heart,get it?
Not crying, just stating the truth!
Alan Q

New York, NY

#17 Nov 12, 2008
Go figure wrote:
Forget Teixeira. Go after CC and bring back Pettitte. See what it would take to get Blalock from Texas. Let him play 1st. He would replace some the the left handed power lost in Giambi and Abreu.
Rotation- Sabathia, Wang, Chamberlain, Pettitte and Hughes with Aceves and Kennedy as fill ins in case of injury.
The bullpen looks good. Let Gardner and Melky play the CF/4th outfielder role and I think the Yankees are better than they were in 2008.
I agree with everything except Pettitte.

Replace Pettitte with Moose.

Moose and his off-speed stuff is what gave him is 20 wins last season.

No one believes that Mussina will do a repeat, but I'd be willing to bet the Yanks'd get 15, maybe 18 out of the guy.

Pettitte (who we all love and appreicate) risks DL by the Allstar break.

Moose > Pettitte.
Patrick

Roseland, NJ

#18 Nov 12, 2008
The difference between Santana and Sabathia is pretty big. Santana has been the best pitcher in baseball for a few years now so The Mets signing him making him the highest paid pitcher was warranted. He deserves to be the highest paid pitcher. Sabathia was downright awesome this year but I equate him to what Carlos Beltran was in 2004. Huge year, specifically the 2nd half and the playoffs, gets the huge free agent deal and is not as good as the contract. Beltran has played well but hasn't been "special." I see Sabathia being the same way. Even if the Yanks get him, it doesn't make them a contender. They have a ton of holes to fill outside of one pitcher.
DAVID

Brooklyn, NY

#19 Nov 12, 2008
regular guy wrote:
<quoted text>Not crying, just stating the truth!
wrong,your definetily crying,whether they make the playoffs or not will play out on the field as heart and team chemistry is what wins and the money spent is not a factor,you spend what you can and put it into the team and hope for the best,so what truth could you be telling,your trying to imply they spend too much and are trying to buy it,but that is impossible as you could spend 50m or 300m and it does not matter in the end,just like the tigers that signed everybody and finished 20 under and the rays who spent the least were 30 over because they played with heart and had great team chemistry,so yes you are crying!

Since: Aug 08

Now a Ghetto

#20 Nov 12, 2008
DAVIDLOVESTHECOCK wrote:
But sure enough, if anyone dares to criticize the mighty Yankees, their fanbase is reduced to a quivering mass of jello which can only retort with the tired "Yankees have 26 championships" line.
It's a fact that aho's like you can't dispute because nobody else has ever come close
Andrew

Oakdale, NY

#21 Nov 12, 2008
1. Can't buy a championship team, have to build one....

2. C.C. sucks in the postseason.

3. KEEP ABREU!
Go figure

Red Hook, NY

#22 Nov 12, 2008
Alan Q wrote:
<quoted text>
I agree with everything except Pettitte.
Replace Pettitte with Moose.
Moose and his off-speed stuff is what gave him is 20 wins last season.
No one believes that Mussina will do a repeat, but I'd be willing to bet the Yanks'd get 15, maybe 18 out of the guy.
Pettitte (who we all love and appreicate) risks DL by the Allstar break.
Moose > Pettitte.
I don't have a problem with Moose over Pettitte but I think he is going to retire. Pettitte definitely needs to come back if they can't sign CC. I think it is imperative for a team to have at least one decent left hander.
Will

Hollis, NY

#23 Nov 12, 2008
I never said the Mets weren't guilty of it either BUT the Yankees have led the way for the last three decades..
Go figure wrote:
<quoted text>
I think your Metsies have driven up the prices in the past few years. Do any of these contracts ring a bell?
Castillo--$24 million over 4 years
Santana --$137 million over 6 years
Santana is the highest paid pitcher and Castillo, while not the highest paid 2nd baseman, is certainly overpriced by about $4 million a year.
How about Carlos Silva at $48 million for 4 years.
Or Barry Zito at $126 million for 8 years?
None of these were done by the Yankees. So get off your Mets step stool, shut ze fluck up and have a coke.

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