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December 11, 2008 at 8:59 am ET
Yankees are all in to win

The Evil Empire is back in business — big, big business.

The New York Yankees’ signing of CC Sabathia appears to be just the beginning. The big four pitchers left are A.J. Burnett, Derek Lowe, Ben Sheets and — in their eyes — Andy Pettitte.

Here is ESPN’s Jayson Stark.

The Yankees are in hard on every one of them. They started out this winter determined to sign three major free-agent starting pitchers. And being the insatiable beasts they are, they obviously aren’t bothered by the possibility they could wind up signing Sabathia and Lowe and Burnett.

Oh, and toss in reports that the Yankees are on the verge of sending Melky Cabrera to Milwaukee for Mike Cameron in a swap of center fielders.

Here is more Stark on the Yankees’ gluttony.

“How could they afford all three of those guys?” asked one GM on Wednesday morning, as he tried to digest the CC news and his morning beverage in one indigestion-inducing gulp.

And the correct answer is the usual answer: They’re the Yankees. They have 88 million bucks or so coming off their payroll. They have a spectacular (and, in a related development, lucrative) new ballpark set to open in four months. Their TV network seems to be selling an ad or two. So whatever economic pressures are tugging at the rest of the industry, this is one team that clearly has been granted economic immunity by the proper authorities — not to mention the baseball gods. …

If the rest of the AL didn’t see this coming, it’s just because they weren’t paying attention. This is always going to be how life in the old Junior Circuit works.

These are people who never relax, never settle for anything less than the biggest trophies, never even sleep. After all, how can they? They’re the Yankees.

I know this kind of spending makes other fans and baseball officials jealous. From a Yankee fan’s perspective, though, this is exactly what you want.

A team that is willing to use its resources to do whatever it can in an effort to win. You can’t ask for more than that.

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7 Responses to “Yankees are all in to win”
  1. Kat says:

    I am no Yankees fan, but I sure wish my team (the lowly Reds) would be more like the Yankees. Instead of settling for losing every year, how about going out and making things happen and at least investing the money they earn in fielding a decent team.

  2. Ed Valentine says:

    Exactly. Yes, the Yankees have advantages. But, they try to take advantage of them and go all out to win every year. Too many teams simply pocket whatever money they do have and don’t make an effort. If I was a fan of one of those teams, that is what I would be ticked off about.

  3. charles says:

    Kat, don’t be fooled. When you are rich, you can afford to gamble. The Yankees don’t spend smart – they just spend a lot.

    Your team will never, ever have the luxury of being able to wallpaper over its mistakes with cash.

    The Yankees aren’t smarter than the Reds. They are wealthier. Why can’t the Reds “go out and make things happen”? Because they are in southern Ohio.

    Until there is some kind of salary cap in baseball – like the NBA and the NFL – the Yankees will be able to throw money around like it’s nothing and buy every player they want.

  4. Ed Valentine says:

    There will never be a hard cap in baseball. Players Association doesn’t want it, and the teams can cry but they don’t really want it either. Put a hard cap in place and all that luxury tax $$$ they get from the Yanks, Red Sox, Mets and whoever else is paying it goes away. None of the small-market owners want that.

  5. CC in NY '09...It's TRUE! says:

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  6. CC in NY '09...It's TRUE! says:

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  7. gianthinker says:

    Food for thought: The 5th starter edition

    (choose a rotation)

    CC, Wang, AJ, Joba, Pettitte

    CC, Wang, AJ, Lowe, Joba

    CC, Wang, AJ, Joba, Hughes

    CC, Wang, AJ, Sheets, Joba

    I’d prefer Lowe or Shhets over Andy back but my $ says Andy WILL be back. However, adding Lowe or Sheets (if everyone stays healthy) would give the Yanks the best rotation in MLB period!

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