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This week the Hall of Fame dramatically lowered its standards when the cronyism-I mean Today’s Game Era-committee selected Harold Baines and Lee Smith, two players who the writers had very recently, and correctly, determined were not worthy of being Hall of Famers. I saw both these players through most of their careers and liked them a lot, particularly Baines, so this is not personal, but the numbers are pretty clear here. Smith is a slightly more defendable choice because of complexities around evaluating relief pitchers, but Baines is not a defendable selection.Read More
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Besides the looming $300 million elephants in the room, much of the current chatter around the Yankees is regarding the big bullpen arms available on the Free Agent market. It is no secret that the Yankees are interested to varying extents in David Robertson, Zach Britton, Adam Ottavino, and Andrew Miller. Each of these pitchers will cost a minimum of $10 million per year against the luxury tax calculation. Based on current estimates, the Yankees are approximately $7 million (when taking likely arbitration figures into account) shy of the luxury tax threshold. The Yankees will likely clear additional space when they find a taker for Sonny Gray;s projected $9.1 million salary, but it will still leave the Yankees with very little breathing room under the luxury tax threshold to adequately fill the hole left by Didi’s absence. It remains unclear whether the Yankees are willing to exceed the luxury tax threshold for any player that is not Harper or Machado, and if the Yankees lose out on either player, I am not sure that the Yankees will be willing to sign any of the aforementioned big bullpen arms. Much as I disagree with a path forward in which the Yankees do not exceed the luxury tax threshold this year, it is a real possibility. That being said, the Yankees can still form a formidable bullpen even without signing one of big free agent bullpen arms.Read More