buffalobillsrul2002 wrote:Looking at the Yankees books, it seems they'd really have to expand the payroll in order to keep A-Rod..
I'm not an accountant, and have no idea how books are managed in budgeting for a major league team of any sport. But what you are saying doesn't feel right to me.
If the Yankees can extend his contract without the opt out, and lets assume the total (with extension) for the next 8 years is $240M at $30 million a year, the Yankees have something like this:
2008, 2009, 2010, $16M a year, no change from current budget. Total A-Rod salary $81M (includes Texas money
2011-2015, $32M a year. Might seem crazy to us mortals, but given the realitiy of sports contracts (see Soriano, Zito) spending $32M/year for one player starting in 2011 just doesn't seem like a problem.
Not to mention the Yankees very deep pockets, the way they leveraged the building of a new stadium to get even more revenue, their history of spending. With all of that, even with Cano/Wang coming up for contracts (and I don't know when that happens) even with decisions on Posada and Rivera, I just don't buy that they would have a payroll issue by signing A-Rod.
As I argued before, this all is based on the Yankees getting an extension, not an opt-out.