Odds & Ends: Rolen, Yankees, Astros, Jeter

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54 Comments on "Odds & Ends: Rolen, Yankees, Astros, Jeter"


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HerbertAnchovy
4 years 11 months ago

Please sell the team McCheap. You are ruining a legacy.

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BlueSkyLA
4 years 11 months ago

Too late, Fox screwed it up long before McCourt came on the scene. Not that it seems to matter to anyone, but the Dodgers’ payroll is almost exactly the same as it was last year, and also, half the teams in MLB have lower payrolls this season compared to last season. But it must be the divorce, because, you know, we keep reading about it, which must meant that everything bad that happens to the Dodgers is because of Frank n’ Jamie.

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aap212
4 years 11 months ago

They drafted a player that can’t be signed. The divorce problem isn’t imaginary.

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BlueSkyLA
4 years 11 months ago

I didn’t say it was imaginary. What I did say is that it doesn’t explain everything.

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4 years 11 months ago

But it explains quite a lot.

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BlueSkyLA
4 years 11 months ago

Far less than we are supposed to believe. The Dodgers’ payroll is almost exactly the same as it was last year, which is difficult to explain with the Frank and Jamie divorce storyline. I think that is why this fact is never mentioned in any story about the Dodgers, because it doesn’t fit. Not many teams are in salary-adding mode at this point either. Another inconvenient fact.

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4 years 11 months ago

“Shaikin indicates the Dodgers could still be in “payroll limbo” this offseason if the McCourts’ divorce goes to trial”—Good God, they’re going to trial in August! How long does a divorce trial take? I honestly believe once the divorce is past us things will return, somewhat to normal. (still not an ideal situation, but better off then we are now). Let’s just get past this crap! BTW- I don’t see the big deal with the draft pick. We get a free 1st rounder next year (when HOPEFULLY there won’t be so much money tied down) if we don’t sign him, so I’m pretty sure the pick was just some strategic planning on Colleti/White’s parts.

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Guest
4 years 11 months ago

My dads took over a year and hes just a regular dude.

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Guest
4 years 11 months ago

Really? Trading top prospects for salary relief, booting Type A draft picks because you might think Wolf will accept, the payroll has about 11 million in dead weight.. the salaries for players playing this year is 83 mil. Drafting a unsignable player in the draft.. How is this not their faults? If the Payroll is where it should be (120 mil) and our farm system wasnt destroyed by stupid trades/no scouting in the latin countries/ and not signing players you draft.. where would this team be? I don’t think we would be looking up in the standings.

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BlueSkyLA
4 years 11 months ago

I don’t understand this concept of a payroll “where it should be.” How much is San Diego paying for their team? Under $40m is how much. Every team has “dead weight” payroll, so that’s not a serious argument. As for Wolf, looking at his stats this year, it’s hard to make a serious argument that the Dodgers should have offered him arbitration. If they had, and he ended up earning $10-12m with the Dodgers this season, the same people who argue that he should have been offered arbitration would be complaining about him being “dead weight.” Say what you like, that sure looks like the right move, so possibly instead of being bitter you might give management some credit.

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4 years 11 months ago

In America, we can work for whomever we want. Pujols will go where the deal is best for him. LeBron James left Ohio partly for tax reasons. He can make more take home in FL due to their state tax structure.

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aap212
4 years 11 months ago

Lack of state income tax doesn’t make up for the extra money Cleveland could have paid. James left a lot of money on the table.

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i miss brendan ryan's mustache
4 years 11 months ago

What??? Cleveland dealt James as a part of a sign and trade. They got 2 future 1st rounders in the deal. Lebron left about 15 mil over 6 years on the table… not a huge sacrifice really, especially when looking at the tax implications

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humbb
4 years 11 months ago

Lebron likely comes out ahead when factoring in the state tax savings on his estimated $100M/year endorsements. Without knowing the OH tax rates, I would think that, at worst, its a wash and he left nothing on the table.

Sacrifice only happens in baseball.

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malcolmec
4 years 11 months ago

I guess that works for the NBA, since the NBA is basically just about individual players and all their corporate sponsorships now anyway. I really hope the MLB doesn’t get to the point where fans only follow their favorite mega-millionaire superstar players as opposed to full teams… it’s just another form of celebrity worship.

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aap212
4 years 11 months ago

But in the NBA, one player is actually that important. With few exceptions, you need an all-time great player to win a championship. Someone as great as LeBron would almost certainly win a ring at some point. No basketball player as inner circle great as Barry Bonds or Ted Williams has failed to win a ring.

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baseball52
4 years 11 months ago

Well Stockton and Malone were pretty good. 😀

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Yankees420
4 years 11 months ago

Don’t forget about Ewing.

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4 years 11 months ago

thats stupid. that would be like saying a guy who buys a lamborghini cares about MPG

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aap212
4 years 11 months ago

LeBron chose Miami over Cleveland, great teammates over bad teammates, and may have left behind a teammate who was *involved* with his mother. Pujols has some star power around him, there’s a small number of teams that have money and room for him, and he functions really well not being in a huge market. And he doesn’t play with Delonte West.

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alxn
4 years 11 months ago

I can’t imagine how hated Pujols would become if he shunned the Cardinals for the Yankees.

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4 years 11 months ago

Yankees wouldn’t sign him. Nor would Boston, both already have 1B covered.

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alxn
4 years 11 months ago

thats never stopped them before

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4 years 11 months ago

In most cases, no, but the Yankees need DH opened for their aging players, and Tex is at 1B for quite a while longer.

Boston seems crazy and has the money right now, and is going to be desperate for a huge offensive boost. I can see them doing it, and trying to force Martinez to learn how to catch.

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jwredsox
4 years 11 months ago

Victor Martinez at catcher? Are you crazy /sarcasm

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MaineSox
4 years 11 months ago

I don’t see the Yankees signing him either but if there is any chance of him moving I can see Boston in on it. There has been talk this year about Youkilis not being likely to move to third at this point in his career, but if you can sign an Albert Pujols you move Youk to third every time.

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ELPinchy
4 years 11 months ago

Youk wouldn’t have to move they coudl trade off at DH or Pujols could just focus on hitting at DH.

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ELPinchy
4 years 11 months ago

Yeah, but he would make a MIGHTY FINE DH 😉

Don’t be foolish,Boston will be all over him.

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Guest
4 years 11 months ago

If Pujols wants to go to NY, the Yankees would sign him. Hell even if he doesnt wanna go their, the Yanks are gonna have some interest. Who are you kidding?

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4 years 11 months ago

Albert is already one of the greatest players in baseball history.

He owes St Louis nothing. He performed, they paid him, contract complete. If they want to keep ONE OF THE GREATEST in baseball history, they better get out their pocketbooks.

And hopefully he ignores the incessant whining from writers such as Bernie Miklasz from the St Louis “whatever”.