Cubswin11 wrote:toonsterwu wrote:
All that said, this is a big win for the Yankees in regards to getting below 197 million. This will give them a lot more flexibility, while also knowing that there's only 3 years remaining.
How is this a big win for a team looking to cut payroll/get below the tax? He’s owed 22, 22 and 23 million the next 3 years.
Well, two-fold. If he had opted out, that would've required them to spend hard to find 2-3 starters. Not the easiest thing to do, so it gives them more flexibility. That said, I think people are under-estimating what Tanaka might've gotten on the FA market (this is, of course, assuming enough health to pass physicals). Assuming he was healthy enough, this was a guy, age-wise, in his prime, with strong peripherals, strong 2nd half, strong post-season, strong recent record, and not declining yet. I said in another thread I thought he was the top FA SP this offseason - ahead of country-mate Darvish. Maybe I'm wrong, but I was of the opinion that, based on recent FA SP contracts and the proliferation of analytically oriented FO's ... that he was probably looking at something like 4/100. (Certainly, that hypothetical contract might've been backloaded so the difference may have been minimal).