Our esteemed Yankees guy Ed “Lover” Valentine took some issue with Gary Shelton’s Times piece that asked “would you trade the 25-man roster of the Devil Rays for the 25-man roster of the Yankees?” and answered no. Mr. Valentine repeatedly warns Devil Rays Town that it’s far too early to start gloating.
Here’s why he’s wrong:
First, the idea of a roster trade would be like any trade — not just based on this season, but many seasons to come. That’s why you’d think about taking Pudgito Navarro (who’s off to an All-Star start) over Jorge Posada.
But what’s more important and what’s been totally left out of the equation is where these two franchises are coming from.
Here are the important numbers:
- Years of Existence: Yankees – 100+, Devil Rays 10
- Championships of Yore – Yankees 26, Devil Rays 0
- 2008 Payroll (Approx.) — Yankees $250 million, D-Rays $50 million
- 2007 Payroll (Approx.) — Yankees $250 million, D-Rays $25 million
We could also talk about Hall of Famers, revenue streams, value of the franchise, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.
Taken all that into consideration, the Yankees should be approximately 1.5 billion times better than our Devil Rays.
And yet, they’re not. They’re not even slightly better.
Therefore, it is officially not too early to start gloating and enjoying the downfall of the bad men.
Still a part of you has to admire Ed Valentine for being one of that dying breed of romantics, of lovers of lost causes, the Yankee fan.