Tuesday Links: Pentland, Sleep, Luxury Tax, Rivera

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The Yankees huddled around a small television in their Boston hotel to watch Mayweather vs. Pacquiao. (Photo via @TravelingSec)
The Yankees huddled around a small television in their Boston hotel to watch Mayweather vs. Pacquiao on Saturday. (Photo via @TravelingSec)

The Yankees and Blue Jays continue their three-game series at Rogers Centre later tonight. Until then, here are some miscellaneous links to check out.

Yankees step up after hitting coach’s wife’s health scare

Back in February, new hitting coach Jeff Pentland and his wife Liz received some bad health news, bad enough that Pentland considered resigning one month into his new job. According to George King, Liz Pentland tested positive for a cancer gene and needs to undergo a mastectomy. “She didn’t want me to (resign), but under no circumstances was I going to let her do this by herself,” said Pentland to King.

The Yankees stepped up to help their new hitting coach and his wife, specifically Joe Girardi and head trainer Steve Donahue. They helped arrange visits to the doctor and deal with insurance issues, among other things. Liz will have surgery later this week and Pentland will be away from the team for a few days. Assistant hitting coach Alan Cockrell will fill as hitting coach for the time being.

“Without the New York Yankees, none of this happens. They have been fantastic,” said Pentland. “The doctors are experts in their field, top notch, and we feel very comfortable. We owe a lot to the New York Yankees, Brian Cashman and the whole Steinbrenner family. I guess it was meant to be that I became a Yankee.’’

The Luxury Tax Problem

As you know, the Yankees plan to get under the luxury tax threshold within the next two years. They tried and failed to get under the $189M threshold last year — missing the postseason and losing out on all that extra revenue played a big part in that, no doubt — but appear willing to give it another go in the near future. Like it or not, it’s going to happen.

Nathanial Grow at FanGraphs analyzed the luxury tax and confirmed what has become increasingly obvious with each passing year: the luxury tax threshold is increasing at a much slower rather than league revenues. When it was first implemented in 2003, the luxury tax threshold was set at 90% of the average team’s revenue. MLB and the MLBPA then agreed to switch to a fixed threshold, and now it is only 63% of the average team’s revenue. Here’s Grow’s blurb on the Yankees:

Take the Yankees, for example. From 2000 until 2005, New York’s payroll increased at approximately the same rate as the team’s estimated revenues. As soon as the Yankees faced a 40% penalty as a three-time violator under the new luxury tax framework adopted in 2006, however, the team’s payroll effectively flatlined. This has remained true up to today, even though the Yankees’ estimated annual revenues almost doubled from 2005 to 2014. As a result, today the luxury tax threshold is set at a level approximately less than 40% of New York’s estimated annual revenues.

The current Collective Bargaining Agreement expires at the end of next season and ideally the next CBA would both tie the luxury tax threshold to revenue and reduce penalties, but chances are that won’t happen. The MLBPA already caved and agreed to a fixed threshold and stiff penalties. The best they can probably do now is increase the threshold. It has to be over $200M at this point and should probably be closer to $220M or $230M. The revenue is there to support it.

Yankees consulted with sleep therapists before staying Boston

I thought this was interesting. Following Sunday night’s game against the Red Sox, the Yankees stayed in Boston and flew to Toronto yesterday morning rather than travel right after the game as usual. They needed MLB approval to do that. According to George King, the Yankees consulted sleep therapists before making the decision to stay in Boston another night.

“You stay on a little more normal sleep schedule. You get here at 4 or 4:30 and we encourage guys not to go to bed at that time unless we are traveling. So (Sunday night) you can go to bed at 1:30 or two o’clock and sleep to 10, 10:30,” said Joe Girardi, who called the extra night in Boston an “organizational decision.” Obviously last night’s game didn’t go too well, but that’s not necessarily evidence the plan to travel in the morning was a bad. Sometimes baseball just happens.

I wouldn’t call it a market inefficiency, but teams nowadays are trying to gain a competitive advantage by getting their players more rest. Several clubs have upgraded their planes to improve travel conditions — the Mariners and Athletics were the first teams to do so, which isn’t surprising since they’re on the West Coast and fly so often — and now the Yankees are consulting sleep therapists to determine the best time to travel.

Mariano to receive Ellis Island Medal of Honor

ThisOn Sunday, Mariano Rivera will be one of 90 honorees to receive the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, according to the Associated Press. There’s a ceremony and a gala and all that. The Ellis Island Medal of Honor recognizes those “who have made it their mission to share with those less fortunate their wealth of knowledge, indomitable courage, boundless compassion, unique talents and selfless generosity; all while maintaining the traditions of their ethnic heritage as they uphold the ideals and spirit of America.” Pretty neat. Congrats to Mo.

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  • ÅndyInSunnyDB

    I am firmly entrenched in the camp to support anything that makes the Steinbrenner Family more money. They have suffered more than anyone. Do you think it’s easy being poor? Try being filthy rich. That’s work, my friends. Just another case of the haves taking a little from the other haves. When will the madness end?

  • Barzini

    It’s just so amazing to me that this obviously significant percentage of the team’s costs goes toward financing a swath of mediocre and incompetent organizations. I understand the greater good of the game aspect of this, but the team’s payroll hasn’t risen in a decade! There is a problem there.

    • Sir Didi Nakamura

      I think revenue sharing is the dumbest thing ever. I get taxes for the government, but this is like rich people directly paying the poor people out of pocket because they made more, makes no sense. And everyone’s rich in this equation. Billionaire owners need money from the Yankees? Sureeeee

      • Barzini

        MLB is a single entity and, as such, there should be some cooperation. Only not to the point where the marquee franchise in the sport is hamstrung, while the revenues/payrolls of everyone else skyrocket.

      • Y’s Guy

        Markets are protected artificially, which gives the Yankees a tremendous advantage in revenues. If the Rays moved to East Rutherford, they’d probably double their revenues and potentially hurt the Yankees revenues by diluting the market. If the A’s were allowed to move to San Jose they’d surely double their revenues. So while your point is valid it doesn’t take into consideration what fully uncontrolled baseball might look like.

    • Deep Thoughts

      Collective attitude of owners: “Revenue is up 437843278%. Costs are rising more slowly. What’s the problem?”

      • Barzini

        Unless your last name is Steinbrenner

    • D$

      Luxury Tax and Revenue sharing are two different things. Revenue Sharing is the rich paying the poor. Luxury Tax goes into a general fund of sorts:
      50% is used to fund player benefits
      25% is used to fund baseball development in countries that don’t have high school baseball
      25% goes to the Industry Growth Fund

      While both of these are dumb ideas, revenue sharing promotes inefficiency. Luxury Tax is more of a “community investment”.

  • Sir Didi Nakamura

    I hope Gardner paid attention to the fight because boy could he use some major pointers on how to run.

    • http://batman-news.com nyyankfan7

      He’s on pace for like 50+ steals right now

      • Y’s Guy

        …still only a 4th OF! (despite being a top-10 OF in the AL)

        • Y’s Guy

          Gardner 2009-2014: 20.3 fWAR / $12.64M or $.62M per 1 WAR.

  • MTU

    Something about “Sleep” and “Pentland” on the same line work well together.

  • Robert

    What are the Qualifications to become a sleep Therapist? And how about making a few Minor League prospects dreams come true and add some youth to this team.

    • Austinmac

      Some are neurologists.

  • The Great Gonzo

    Seriously, the luxury tax in baseball can eat a bag of dicks. Seriously, make it a salary cap or GTFO. This wishy washy ‘you rich guys come pay for the poor guys’ bullshit only benefits one person in the equation. If you want actual parity, make a salary cap like the other sports do. this is just perceived parity.

    Full disclosure, I do not want a luxury cap anywhere near baseball. But lets not call the luxury cap something it isn’t.

    • Barzini

      Yeah, don’t even open that box.

      • The Great Gonzo

        I regret nothing.

        Actually, I regret everything.

    • jjyank

      Or just nothing! And when the other teams complain just take a page out of my Iron Banner group last week in Destiny and simply reply “git gud.”

      Kidding mostly. This can all definitely go to town on the aforementioned bag of dicks though.

    • Deep Thoughts

      You highlight the excellent point that it’s really a soft salary cap right now, and that some marketing genius came up with the name “luxury tax” to make it as frightful, offensive, and abhorrent as possible to each billionaire ownership group.

      Stopping there before I stray into politics but I’ve never seen “luxury tax” in any other real-world scenario during my lifetime except on the Monopoly game board.

      • D$

        I don’t think the term was created in effort to market it to ownership. It was more likley created to market it as a penalty on those damn dirty teams that spend money. Again, staying away from politics, its easy in this country to get what you want when you yell “tax the rich bastards” and have everyone looking the other way.

        • http://shhhorsie.com Cheval Anonyme

          That would make sense, if any of the billionaire owners were receptive to “tax the rich bastards.” But since they aren’t, it doesn’t.

          • Barzini

            Yet they still seem pretty receptive to truckloads of free money.

            • http://shhhorsie.com Cheval Anonyme

              I would think being “receptive to truckloads of free money” would be a common characteristic of billionaires.

              • Barzini

                It’s common to everyone. It just sucks when you’re the one providing said truckloads.

                • http://shhhorsie.com Cheval Anonyme

                  Most people want money; but in my experience, some love it more than others. Being in the long-tail of the money-love curve is usually a necessity for accumulating billions of dollars.

          • D$

            I’m not entirely sure the point you’re trying to make. My point was that it’s not intended to market to the owners. The term’s intended target is the baseball consuming public. Luxury tax gets charged to one team (maybe 2 or 3 depending on the season) and gives the owner’s a market cap on the payroll that they have to spend (ie artificially keeps cost down while their revenues rise). It benefits the owners for the most part, and hurts the players, but it is marketed to the fans with that term (presumably by the owners).

            • http://shhhorsie.com Cheval Anonyme

              Ah, now I see your point. But I don’t believe there was actually any serious thought into how this penalty was to be marketed.

              • D$

                Not that I believe in a massive conspiracy by any means, but you’d be surprised what kinda effort goes into picking words and the general minutiae that marketing/advertising teams will go into when there is this much money on the line. I doubt they got together and collectively hired an agency to design this “product” but each of their internal teams I’m sure had similar ideas, and chose friendly sounding terms.

                • http://shhhorsie.com Cheval Anonyme

                  I wouldn’t be surprised at all. I’m a product manager of a multi-million dollar product line, and I am well-aware of that phenomenon. Based on my experience, this doesn’t have the smell of a lot of marketing effort– it’s too banal. To me, it sounds like the internal term they were throwing around when they were discussing the concept.

    • http://batman-news.com nyyankfan7

      “This wishy washy ‘you rich guys come pay for the poor guys’ bullshit only benefits one person in the equation”

      I scream this on a daily basis

    • Dalek Jeter

      And I know it’s just a stepping stone to a hard cap (which I’m also completely against) but if you want to have a luxury tax there should be a hard floor. There are teams that keep their payroll low just so they can collect the luxury tax and pocket it. Fuck that. If you want to take advantage of this system, you should have to pour every bit of that money into your team in the way of player salaries.

  • jjyank

    Yay, more luxury tax talk!

    *shoots self*

    Man I just really hope the cap is raised to a level that the Yankees can operate at relative to their revenue. I’m so tired of the “Hal is cheap!” stuff that we probably wouldn’t be hearing if they weren’t getting taxed out the ass on every dollar they spend.

    • Looser Trader FotD™

      But JJ, Hal is cheap!

      • jjyank

        Shhh you.

    • Austinmac

      Revenue doubles and spending doesn’t increase. I would say that looks like cheap rather than whatever it takes to win.

    • Game 3

      Go back to sleep, Bexy.

      • jjyank

        Lolwut

  • NYCORNERSTONE

    Did Tex get hurt watching the fight or something

  • Looser Trader FotD™

    When will the new cap be set? I know when the current one expires, but do they discuss/negotiate/whatever the future one before the current one ends?

    • RetroRob

      I believe the current CBA expires at the end of 2016. Negotiations haven’t been all that public during the recent CBA discussions. That usually happens when there is a battle between the two sides, which we haven’t seen in a while.

      • Looser Trader FotD™

        I was wondering because if the Yanks intend to get under the threshold “within the next two years” that would mean the 2016 or 2017 season. Thus, the threshold will be reset during this period. Thus, if it does indeed get raised to $200mm or more, it won’t take nearly as much for the Yanks to get under for 2017.

  • RetroRob

    I’ve been hearing/reading more discussions about the percentage of money the players are making as revenues across the game skyrocket. The players at some point will need to draw a line in the sand if they don’t want to keep losing a percentage of the share. Based on that, I suspect the next round of CBA negotiations will be a bit more prickly. One advantage on the players side is Manfred is going to try and avoid a strike on his first run through. Meanwhile, he also wants an international draft, so the MLBPA has some negotiating strength.

    Second, so the Yankees revenues are estimated to have doubled (a number which I believe is conservative) while their payroll has flat lined since 2005? No surprise. What is surprising are those who believe the Yankees barely make a profit. It’s all hidden in YES Global Enterprises. The Yankees ball club always operates around breakeven, give or take, by design.

    • The Original Drew

      THIS THIS THIS THIS THIS THIS THIS THIS THIS

      THIS

    • DeutschlandNY

      Well, revenues would continue to skyrocket as long as the end consumer keeps paying more for satellite and cable tv. ESPN raises it’s carrier fees by 5-6% annually, for example.

      • http://batman-news.com nyyankfan7

        Fox owns 80% of YES network, the steinbrenners are not hiding money in the TV network from the Yankees or they are gladly giving away 4/5ths of every dollar to a different multi-billion dollar corporation in which they don’t own a stake in.

        • michaelNYCUSA

          no, but they logically sold their portion at a premium because they can manipulate the books to ensure the contingencies on the buyout are met so there is no clawback or issues with the sale down the road…Goldman isnt getting out without those in place, and that makes sure the Steinbrenners got a boatload of cash without disturbing their interest in the team

      • Game 3

        Lots of people ‘cord cutting’, too.

    • Barzini

      So you’re saying that they’d rather park their $$ in YES, and that’s the reason why the payroll has flatlined, as opposed to any deterrent created by the luxtax/rev sharing?

    • blake

      They have a slew of accountants that are good at their jobs and make it look like they are breaking even….

      And yes I think the next CBA talks could get very hairy for a lot of reasons ….the players just rolled over and nearly let the owners do whatever they wanted last time. That won’t happen again…..

      • Sir Didi Nakamura

        But the Yankees lose money every season!

      • Sir Didi Nakamura

        When was the last CBA?

    • Austinmac

      Well said.

  • SweetSpot

    The salary a person gets at work is his revenue. What it takes to live is his cost. What’s left over is his gross profit before taxes. What’s left after taxes are paid is his net profit or wealth. The Yankees are no different; just a bit more complex due to partnerships, the stadium, luxury tax, assessments, lines of credit, interest and carrying costs and other factors. They have a huge operation to run and do so in a first class and expensive way. Without knowing what their operating costs are, revenues are not helpful in truly understanding what discretionary income they have to spend. Not that I necessarily believe Forbes, but many use them as a guideline and in 2014 their statistics showed the Yankees losing $9 million. You can choose to believe that or not.

    • http://batman-news.com nyyankfan7

      shhhhh…..if people believe this they can’t believe that Hal is cheap.

      • SweetSpot

        Some people confuse revenues with profits. It’s understandable.

        • http://batman-news.com nyyankfan7

          it’s understandable to do it once – it’s moronic to continue to scream it through a bullhorn from on top of the mountain after being told you’re wrong.

          • SweetSpot

            You’re preaching to the choir I’m in a charitable mood. :))

            • michaelNYCUSA

              its only unrelated if you chose to believe a multi-billion dollar private corporation cannot take advantage of a huge revenue stream and ultimately shade most/all of their profits from the revenue-generating entity which has the greatest tax consequences …im not challenging the misunderstanding of the terms, but the general theme of the “Yanks losing money” is silly where they control every portion of their expenditures and can shift dollars to their advantage

    • D$

      To too large a portion of this country does this understanding fall on deaf ears.

  • just_add_bacon7

    That’s exactly how George would have handled Mrs. Pentland’s situation. He was an incredibly charitable man, and he did it behind the scenes because he believed only the person he was helping and he should know. Even during the height of the Red Sox – Yankees rivalry, he was one of the biggest contributors to The Jimmy Fund.

    Godspeed on your recovery, Mrs. Pentland.

  • Y’s Guy

    It would be interesting to see a comparison of how much money the Yankees protected market is worth to them vs. how much they pay in revenue sharing.

    • D$

      Along a similar note, I’ve heard in the past that the MLB fines teams for not selling all teams’ merchandise in their ball parks. And the Yankees pay this fine with profits turned from other teams selling Yankees merchandise in their ballparks. Not sure of the truthfulness of this though.

      • Y’s Guy

        I hadn’t heard that, interesting…

  • blake

    Pierla is in the Yanks clubhouse

    • The Original Drew

      He won’t be activated till tomorrow, or so says twitter.

      • hansdee

        Thanks.

    • SweetSpot

      Pirela is better than Petit so that’s an incremental upgrade. Makes us better and that’s a good thing.

    • http://shhhorsie.com Cheval Anonyme

      Yay!

  • SweetSpot

    There’s a remarkable disconnect between what the rest of baseball thinks of Yankee ownership’s spending habits – and what a handful of Yankee fans think about it.

    • Austinmac

      I don’t think so. Talk radio hosts. Newspaper reporters and many others have commented on the frugal new ways and how they no longer spend to get the top free agents or the top international ones.

      Rather than feel sorry for the owners, I ask them why it is okay to allow the team to fail to make the playoffs, yet not increase spending despite a doubling of revenue.

      • D$

        While I agree that there are certain contracts that we didn’t sign because of “austerity” this idea that spending more money is the key to success is a naive thought that plagues far too many people. Spending more intelligently would be a good start.

        Things such as not overpricing Ellsbury (I like him, don’t get me wrong, but he was overpayed), spending 3/$45 on Beltran (this is a terrible contract), 5 years on an aging catcher (this really isn’t terrible, but I’m just trying to prove my point), not signing Moncada (monetary risk was high, but contract/roster risk was very low), and not offering a higher amount to Cano (though I would not have wanted them to go to the offer SEA paid, so this is moot in the end, I guess – though it does illustrate my point).

        Higher spending doesn’t equal success, its just perceived that way because better talent usually costs more. But we could have paid Drew 3/$45 and that wouldn’t have made us any better. But we’d have spent a lot more…

  • disqus_8E66WIUyso

    Play pirela. Let him hit. Let him run. Let him give some juice to an old sluggish hitting team.

  • Mustang

    Jose Pirela is here, but he isn’t active.

    Jacoby Ellsbury CF
    Brett Gardner LF
    Alex Rodriguez DH “THE HEART OF THE YANKEES”
    Mark Teixeira 1B
    Brian McCann C
    Carlos Beltran RF
    Stephen Drew 2B
    Didi Gregorius SS
    Gregorio Petit 3B

    RHP Michael Pineda

  • Captain Clutch

    What did Petit do to get into Girardi’s ring of honor? Seriously I want to know since it obviously doesn’t have anything to do with his hitting.

    • http://shhhorsie.com Cheval Anonyme

      And the alternative was….?

      • Captain Clutch

        I understand that he has to play once in a while to give guys a day off but having him pinch hit?? I mean seriously, that is ridiculous. He shouldn’t be pinch hitting for someone with 2 outs in the 9th inning.

        • http://shhhorsie.com Cheval Anonyme

          Oh, you are 100% right on that point.

    • D$

      I believe he ran into a burning building to save Joe’s pet Beta fish.

  • disqus_8E66WIUyso

    Put pirela in. Let the kid play.

  • n0exit

    Why in the world is pirela in Toronto? How unnerving does it have to be for Petit to have your replacement sitting in the clubhouse like the grim reaper or something.

    • Barzini

      Very true. I think a guy like Petit though understands the do your job aspect of this. He’s been around.

      • Y’s Guy

        If it was just a normal promotion from the minors, it would be different. Petit only got the roster spot because Pirela went on the DL. He’s coming back from DL rehab, it’s fine.

        • Barzini

          Yep. Im sure he’s savoring every moment he has on a big league field.

          • Y’s Guy

            Plus, he got sent down last week only to be called back up the next day. He’s very well aware he’s been living (in the majors) on borrowed time.

    • SweetSpot

      These guys are pros they understand their roles; especially someone like Petit. He’s happy to be a major league player I’m sure.

      • n0exit

        Agree pros and all but it can’t be a good feeling. Was there any harm in pirela showing up the day he was activated?

        • D$

          Lack of a good night’s sleep. Hah

        • SweetSpot

          I don’t know, I guess I believe the Yankees have their reasons whatever they may be. I don’t think they are unaware of the dynamics involved.

        • Barzini

          they want him to sleep in Toronto b/c science.

          • BearNJ

            Pirela will sleep like a baby. Petit will sleep with one eye open.

            • Refstroke Heathcott

              Good night, sweet prince.

    • vin

      The newest market ineffieciency… having your replacement waiting in the clubhouse. Nice motivation.

      • n0exit

        Lol this made me laugh.

        • Refstroke Heathcott

          If Gregorio Petit hits two home runs today, the Yankees will now bring up Refsnyder, Judge, and Lindgren to just permanently hover around Drew, Beltran, and Shreve. No personal space afforded.

    • Some Asshole

      What’s worse is that Pirela is dressed as the Burger King and staring right into Petit’s soul.

      http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/6/6f/Creepy_King_Bed.png

  • D$

    What are the chances we can leave Petit in Canada after this series so Joe doesn’t have the urge to get him back on the roster for pinch hit appearances?

  • SweetSpot

    Drew’s the one seeing the handwriting on the wall – not Petit.

    • Y’s Guy

      Petit has an option, Drew doesn’t. Not saying they won’t cut Drew at some point in the future, but it makes no sense now.

      • SweetSpot

        I don’t mean cut him that won’t happen, I mean losing playing time. Drew will be platooned for sure and maybe even benched if Pirela hits and Drew continues his downward spiral. Petit is the odd man out.

        • Y’s Guy

          I c, I thought you meant for the roster spot.

          I’m excited to see what Pirella will bring!

          • SweetSpot

            Hopefully more than Drew’s .149 BA for the season and a .094 BA in his last ten games. Uggggh!

            • Y’s Guy

              He’s got to be able to play the position, too. Bad infield D has really hurt both the Mets and Nationals already this year.

              • SweetSpot

                No question. At least respectably.

              • D$

                I have absolutely nothing to back this up, but, in theory – as long as we’re talking about a util IF as opposed to, say, putting a catcher at 2B – wouldn’t all this shifting have taken a bit of the weight off of a 2B’s shoulders defensively?

                • Y’s Guy

                  Well, the Nats have Dan Uggla out there alot, which is pretty much the same as running a catcher out there, but he’s also won them a game or two with his bat I believe.

        • Barzini

          I’m not sure that happens right away. If you could trust Pirela’s defense more then yeah, but otherwise he needs to earn that platoon (for the time being)

          • SweetSpot

            I wouldn’t want to be Girardi the next time Drew goes 0-4 against a left-hander when Pirela’s on the bench.

            • Y’s Guy

              Joe doesn’t really sweat that stuff too much. And he shouldn’t.

              • SweetSpot

                We’ll see. I personally don’t believe Pirela was brought up just because he’s better than Petit.

                • Barzini

                  That’s the role he was presumably going to be in had he not ran into the wall, no? I don’t think they had any plans f platooning him and drew right off the bat. We’ll see how he does – the highly aggressive, below average power, suspect defense combo doesn’t exact scream everyday guy, but he’s clearly a good athlete who has hit in the minors and hit well in spring too. We’ll see.

                  • SweetSpot

                    Definitely an upgrade no matter how they use him and that’s a good thing.

              • SweetSpot

                React to the fans. no, you are right. But to Cashman and Hal etc. Different story.

        • HoopDreams

          Drew is hopeless, has been for a year now

        • Tony Wilson

          Will be great to get Pirela’ s bat into the lineup, hopefully he will hit like last year with the club and this season in the minors.What position does he mostly play? I remember seeing him all over last year.

          • D$

            Probably a platoon at 2B. If he’s hitting, he’ll be rest-replacement for OF/2B, and maybe 3B

            • Tony Wilson

              Cool, thanks. I know the guy kind hit and I remember seeing him hit a couple of triples and

  • Austinmac

    Good work by the Yankees for Pentland.

    So, the Yankees income has doubled while the payroll has been constant. Does that mean more profit despite two seasons out of the playoffs? The Cubs didn’t need to win either.

  • Austinmac

    I imagine the Yankees wanted to give Headley a day off on the turf and felt Petit was better at third. I’d rather have AROD at third and Petit in SWB.

  • Austinmac

    Pirela has a pretty good bat and brings energy. He can run well. Why not? Young guys bring excitement and remind the older guys of the fun, I suspect.

  • bernbabybern

    Sorry if I missed it, why did they fly Pirela to Toronto but not put him on the roster?

    • Pete22

      I think they want to wait until Headley gets a day offf with Petit at 3B to designate him, or perhaps they want to see how petit is at 3B before they decide who to DFA .

      In fact, yeah, If Petit can handle 3B, then Headley can play 1B on days Tex needs a day off, and they DFA Jones

  • Pete22

    As someone who travelled so much I was once known as the terminal man in HKIA who lived at gate 35 I can tell you that its best not to fly the same day you have to do much at work. I flew 1st class and it was easy riding, but the low air pressure I think takes its toll. Even relatively short flights

  • Pete22

    It’s just so much nonsense the idea that the LT has affected the Yankees spending on players.

    If you add the LT to the payroll each year, and adjust for revenue growth, Yankees spending on payers (tax and payroll) have declined about 50 million since the 2005-2008 days. The tax they have to pay is about 1/2 what they used to pay.

    What has affected spending is greed, and perhaps cooperation with the legal cooperative they are part of (MLB), to reduce spending on players and get the percentage of spending on players down to 40% from the low 50’s at the turn of the century. Mission accomplished

    MLBPA does not have to be locked into a previous agreement, everything is open for discussion. Personally, I think they have been co-opted as most unions in private industry eventually are, and they end up selling out those they represent

    • blake

      It absolutely has….the fact that it’s dumb that it has doesn’t change that it has. The Yankees didn’t sign any FAs for like 4 years preparing to try to get under 189

  • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

    So what we’re basically saying is that the luxury tax is a salary cap. Great.

  • disqus_8E66WIUyso

    Tex Keeps hitting into shift. Why o why?

  • disqus_8E66WIUyso

    Pineda not sharp.

  • disqus_8E66WIUyso

    Pineda not sharp.