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Why Is This A Bad Thing?

by Paul Semendinger

January 12, 2024

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I have a quick question for our readers...


One trope we hear time and again, and we heard it a lot following the Yankees' failure to sign Yamamoto, is, "The agent only used the Yankees to drive up the price."


This leads me to ask a serious question.


If the player wasn't going to be a Yankee anyway, why would it be bad that the Yankees were used to drive up the player's cost?


Wouldn't that mean that the team that signs that player would have less money to bid on the next player?


I hear that statement a lot, but I really don't understand this line of thinking.


I am very interested in reading what others think of this. What am I missing?


I look forward to the discussion below.


57 comments

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Jeff Korell
Jeff Korell
1月12日

It may not be a bad thing for the fans, but it is a bad thing for the team, because they ACTUALLY WANTED that player, and they made that offer because they ACTUALLY WANTED that player. We all know what it feels like to be "used", perhaps in "non-baseball" situations in our lives. NO ONE wants to be "used". True, it may be a good thing that another organization is paying more because of it, and they have less salary space to add additional players because of it (although that didn't seem to be the case with the Dodgers), but the Yankees negotiated with that player in good faith because they ACTUALLY WANTED that player, so to be used …

いいね!

Paul Semendinger
Paul Semendinger
1月12日

DIFFERENT TOPIC -


There has been a side discussion in some threads about Robinson Cano and the Yankees/Seatlle offers before the 2014 season.


I'm going to ask the readers on Sunday if the Yankees made the correct decision by not signing Cano.


PLEASE DON'T ANSWER THAT HERE. We can discuss this on Sunday in the Readers' Thread.


But, does anyone remember (with a link if possible), the Yankees' final offer and the one Cano took with the Mariners? If so, please let me know below. (But no commentary on it, just the facts...)


THANKS!

いいね!
Paul Semendinger
Paul Semendinger
1月12日
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Thank you.

いいね!

Brad Scheller
Brad Scheller
1月12日

Time. By playing the Yankees, the team loses opportunities to pursue other players.

いいね!
Jeff Korell
Jeff Korell
1月12日
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I have a feeling that what you said is exactly what they did with Blake Snell, and when he turned it down, they immediately (same day) pivoted to Marcus Stroman. Just so they would not be "used".

いいね!

Jonathan Silverberg
Jonathan Silverberg
1月12日

As a lifelong Brooklynite who spends a large portion of his time in the more clement months out east, I can truly say that Nassau and Suffolk in general smell a lot nicer than NYC.

いいね!

Jonathan Silverberg
Jonathan Silverberg
1月12日

The problem is that fiduciary responsibility is contrary to the interests and emotional wellbeing of other teams and fans...it's not illegal or unethical...it's just another bad aspect of our times.

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Jonathan Silverberg
Jonathan Silverberg
1月13日
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...and also of course, if the player really doesn't have a strong preference, and will make his decision based on the dollars and the rest of the presentations from the interested teams, then there's no con at all...

いいね!
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