More Joba bang for the bucks

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A little anti-Yanks bias

Vince Gennaro, consultant to the stars (or at least Major League Basebal teams), takes a look at Joba’s role on the pitching staff and its financial impact on the Yankees in his latest Yahoo! Sports column. It’s a good read, and his conclusion is that the “Yankees stand to gain more than $24 million in value over the next six years before he is eligible for free agency.” I’ll have more on the baseball impact of Joba’s role on the pitching staff soon.

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A little anti-Yanks bias
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  • steve (different one)

    of course, the foundation of the $24M is the assumption that Joba is a #3 starter. if the Yankees believe he is a #1 or #2, this number is going to double or almost triple.

    the same with Hughes.

    it is another VERY important variable when considering a Santana trade. if Hughes is a #2 starter, he is worth an additional $50M to the Yankees which would sit ON TOP of whatever they had to pay Santana.

    pre-FA MLB players are simply the most precious assets in all of professional sports. for 6 years, there is a HUGE disconnect between their actual salary and their market value.

    you don’t trade away assets like that lightly.

  • http://www.yankeesdaily.com/ Sean Serritella

    Before his free agency comes up, you have to give him a contract extension so he feels respected. I don’t see him leaving the Yankees anyway but players like to feel like they have a home for a long time.

    Yankees Daily

  • Curramba

    Two things before that statement is true 1) Joba has to stay healthy and 2) he has to do what he did for 24 innings last year for a longer period of time. Like for a couple seasons before he would mean 50mil to the Yankees.

    • steve (different one)

      yes and no.

      free agent pitchers get just as injured as pre-FA pitchers, yet all contracts are guaranteed.

      put it this way, if Joba was a free agent RIGHT NOW, what would he be able to sign for? i would guess that it is significantly more than the $20-25M he will actually earn over the next 6 years.

      that difference is how much he is worth to the yankees.

      you never get a chance to sign a free agent with the luxury of RETROSPECTIVELY evaluating his health.

      as far as showing that he can do it in the big leagues, absolutely, there would be a discount for that. but look at what happened with Matsuzaka. $100M+ before he threw a single pitch in the majors.

  • Curramba

    Do you think Pavano was worth 40mil to the Yankees? No because he was injured. He got paid but wasn’t worth a penny. The same thing applies to Joba if he gets hurt. Right now he’s pitched 24 innings, has he even been worth the 1mil + investment that they made to him when they drafted him? No, not yet. Again he needs to stay health and show the same quality through a longer period of time.