This isn't about me being a Sox fan. I'm one of the fans who willingly admits that we too spend a whole lot of $$ and we make plenty of bad decisions. I just feel that the Yankees this year really mismanaged their $$. As for baseball, the sport is a distant #3 in popularity in kids nowadays. Most kids are basketball and football fans. It's sad seeing baseball falling down the ladder in sports as players make more and more money and fans can afford to go to fewer and fewer games. Also note, I am in favor of a salary minimum and salary cap, which would definately hurt my Red Sox so this isn;t about me bashing the Yankees.
As for Roger, is he really worth being almost the highest paid player ever for about 20 starts? IMO, no he isn't. However, I applaud Steinbrenner for spending the$$ unlike many of the other big league owners.
On a side note, I expect Yankees vs. Sox in the ALCS despite the Yanks' struggles thusfar. Should be fun.
I apologize if I was off-base in my post, but that was the impression I got from your original post.
As far as the Yankees mismanaging their money this year...what else is new? I actually think they have done a better job this year of managing their money than in years past. What big detrimental contract did they sign? They inked Pettitte for one year. Clemens? Sure he got a load of cash, but it's only for one year as well.
They traded away Randy Johnson and his contract. They didn't sign any other big name players. There were no Carl Pavanos. There were no Jaret Wrights. No Johnny Damons. No Kyle Farnsworths.
Lastly, who cares if Clemens is 45? If he keeps pitching like he has been pitching, who cares what his age is? If a guy throws for 3 straight years with an ERA of under 3 in his sixties, I'll sign him for a year. Obviously there is risk involved because of his age. But again, it's not like the Yankees are locking themselves into a long-term commitment with an unknown commidity/risk like Pavano or Wright. They are signing a guy who, despite some risk, has pitched amazingly for the past few years.
If Clemens sucks (which is not likely...maybe his ERA won't be 1.80 but even if it's around 4, that's still a plus for the Yankees) what have they really lost? $20 million dollars? Not all that huge of a deal to the Yankees, considering they've blown much larger amounts of cash on jokes like Wright, Vazquez, Contreras, Pavano, Farnsworth, etc. etc. etc. over the past 4-5 years.
Call it a panic move if you like, but the deal made all sorts of sense. Could the Yankees probably have paid him less? Yeah, I think so. It appears as if they were in a bidding war against themselves. Either way though, with money not being that big of a deal to them, there really is no downside to this deal. His risk is relatively small and his upside is tremendous.