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The Yankees began the off season trumpeting their intention to fall below the luxury tax threshold for the first time. With a superstar free agent class looming in 2018, avoiding the tax and resetting the penalty from 50% to 20% was deemed an economic imperative. So, what did Brian Cashman do? He traded for the […]

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Masahiro Tanaka has decided to remain with the Yankees, and, in the process, confined the Bronx Bombers’ off season plans to a tight budget. Tanaka’s decision was a linchpin because of the important role he fills in the Yankees’ rotation and the $22 million he gets paid to do it. Because of Hal Steinbrenner’s stated […]

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Forget about WAR, FIP,  wOBA and other saber creations. EBITDA (earnings before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization) is the metric baseball fans should get to know. The Chicago Cubs won the World Series in 2016, but, using EBITDA as a barometer, the Philadelphia Phillies had the last laugh, presumably on their way to the bank. According to Forbes’ annual […]

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A note of caution to optimistic Yankee fans: Having lots of top prospects is nice, but most rebuilds don’t work, and even those that do, often have setbacks. The Yankees’ young talent is undeniable, but even players with All Star potential often struggle early in their careers. That, of course, does not bode well for […]

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Do spring training records matter? The answer often depends on whom you ask, and how well their team is currently doing during the exhibition season. But, what does the data say? Top-10 Spring Training Records, 1984-2016 Note: Excludes the 1990 and 1995 exhibition seasons, which were shortened by work stoppages. Tie games excluded from winning […]

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(This updated post was originally published on February 16, 2011) For 20 years, Tampa has been the Yankees’ spring training home, but it still seems like just yesterday when the team’s camp was located down the coast in Ft. Lauderdale. I am sure most fans who grew up in the 1970s and 1980s still reflexively harken […]

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The Dodgers opened up their wallets again this winter, but no one should be surprised. According to final payroll data reported by major league baseball, Los Angeles has retained its ranking as the game’s biggest spender for the third consecutive season. 2016 Final Payrolls Note: Final payrolls represent actual amounts spent (salaries, benefits, earned bonuses […]

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