Yesterday, the Los Angeles Angels signed Josh Hamilton to a huge five-year contract, continuing to show how insane MLB payrolls have become. A lot of baseball fans blame this on the New York Yankees, with the theory that they constantly try to "buy championships...
Over the last six weeks, the New York Yankees front office has been extremely busy with trades and free agency moves. It all started with trading future DH candidate Jesus Montero and pitcher Hector Noesi to the Seattle Mariners back in mid-January for starting pitcher Michael Pineda and minor league pitcher Jose Campos. Less than 24 hours later, the Yankees announced the signing of free agent pit
For several weeks, the Yankees were trying to create extra room in their payroll to sign extra candidates for the DH slot in their starting lineup, as well as role players coming off the bench. And now that the AJ Burnett trade was made official on Sunday, the Yankees have pulled the trigger on some relatively inexpensive options.
After a month of constant negotiations, the Texas Rangers have finally landed their own version of Daisuke Matsuzaka. As today's 5pm deadline drew near, the Rangers finally reached an agreement with Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish, a six-year deal worth around 60 million dollars, including 56 million dollars of guaranteed money.
I honestly thought the last 2 and a half months were bad enough with everything the Yankees' Front Office did (or didn't) do during free agency. I was able to overcome the urge to drive off a cliff when Cliff Lee got away (pun was intentional), and I was able to stay away from sharp objects when the Yankees acquired Mark Prior and Bartolo Colon instead of Carl Pavano and Justin Duchscherer.
It wasn't too long ago that I broke the news about the Yankees signing Mark Prior to a minor league deal, which probably made you wonder if Brian Cashman has watched "Back To The Future" one too many times. Well today, I think it's time to ask Cashman what he's smoking!