Hiroyuki Nakajima? Pass.
Neither surprised nor upset. Nakajima and many others across baseball seem intent to disavow any announcement or intention by the Yanks to not overspend for limited talent anymore; at the least he's not objective about what he can contribute in the long run.
Speaking of which, I wonder what it would mean for baseball and specifically small market teams if the Yankees actually do reduce and perpetually maintain a payroll below the luxury tax threshold. The idea is for all teams to be fiscally competitive, but if some of these teams are dependent on revenue sharing from luxury tax fees, could it not put a serious crimp in their operations anyway and even force some to contract (which ostensibly is what they were trying to avoid in the first place?)
Maybe that's why teams insist on overcharging the Yanks in trades or agents running the numbers sky high for their players, knowing that in the long run there will be far less money to share if the Yanks and Red Sox were not spending like giant cash cows. May be another case of killing the goose that lays the golden eggs, unless they find yet another way to force the Yanks to give up earned capital for nothing.
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