Harper's career OPS against:
|Giancarlo Stanton in Busch Stadium May 5, 2011|
by d-deee via Wikimedia Commons
Stanton was born in Panorama City, CA and attended Notre Dame High School (Sherman Oaks, CA). So he's a California guy and may want to return there. His California options:
Dodgers: already with too many overpaid outfielders
As: probably would not want to pay him
Angels: already paying first baseman Albert Pujols and outfielders Trout and Josh Hamilton
Padres: are you kidding?
So, what about the New York Yankees? I've about given up on the Steinbrenners. They're too dumb and unimaginative to compete within the spirit of the soft salary cap, which they have exceeded each of the past 12 seasons, far more than all other teams combined. In other words, the other teams can compete within the limits but the Yankees cannot. And the Yankees are locked in a downward spiral from which they cannot escape. They continue to spend more and get older but not better. The Yankee minor league players are not good enough to tempt the Marlins to trade Stanton. The only hope is for the Yankees to do what they have done since George Steinbrenner got controlling interest in the team in 1973: bludgeon the opposition into submission by spending obscene amounts of money to improve.
Should rich teams be allowed to buy players from poor teams? Thursday, July 3, 2014
Bowie Kuhn was the fifth Commissioner of Major League Baseball from February 4, 1969, to September 30, 1984. Kuhn basically stopped significant player sales ...
The main supporting argument for blocking such sales is that teams would buy championships. But that argument has been prevalent for decades, pretty much form the start of free agency ...
Blemished Club’s Playoff Bid Relies on a Mound Makeover JULY 26, 2014
by Tyler Kepner The New York Times
The Yankees included cash in all five transactions, and lost two fringe major leaguers and one prospect...
The Yankees had the will to land an All-Star, like Jeff Samardzija, but not the prospects. They would have the cash to grab a big name like Cliff Lee — if his elbow holds up — in an August waiver deal.
It appears that the policy is eroding while commissioner Allan Huber "Bud" Selig sleeps. The Yankees probably would have to wait until Selig officially leaves office in January 2015. Plus, the Steinbrenner kids don't want to be outcasts in their social circles and bend the rules in order to really compete. They'd rather continue to try to fool some of the people some of the time with ever increasing and meaningless ceremonies.
Caveat emptor: let the buyer beware.