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Why Yankees Fans Live In La-La Land 101

Tim Marchman of The New York Sun frets that the Yankees may have enough to sign a megastar or two in the off-season, but that will still leave them perilously short even if the team still spends $200 million on payroll: "For next year, the Yankees already have $111 million committed to Jorge Posada, Robinson Cano, Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, Johnny Damon, Hideki Matsui, Mariano Rivera, and Jose Molina. Figure another $12 million for players eligible for arbitration or whose salary the team can set — Chien-Ming Wang, Joba Chamberlain, and Melky Cabrera, most prominently — and this leaves the team with $77 million to fill out the rest of the roster if they shell out about $200 million altogether, as they usually do." Marchman shows good awareness of who the Yanks control in '09, but once again loses sight of the fact that with $77 million almost any team could field a competetive ballclub...much less fill out a few roster spots. At any rate, the Yankees will certainly spend over $200 million to field the first team in their new ballpark. Naturally this is a backwards solution to New York's (and baseball's) over-spending on players. As Rob Neyer says: "If they look at the numbers this winter and find that $200 million is going to buy 85-90 wins, they'll spend whatever it costs to reach 90-95. That might be $25 million more, or it might be $50 million more." Damn Yankees.
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