Jul 3, 2013; Charleston, SC, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, as part of the Charleston RiverDogs, fields a grounder in the third inning of a rehab game against the Rome Braves at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

Why A-Rod’s Suspension Means Yankees Windfall


The old saying “Every cloud has a silver lining” may actually be changed to every cloud has a gold lining if Alex Rodriguez is indeed suspended by Major League Baseball in the wake of the Biogenesis fiasco about to go en fuego.

A-Rod’s days as a feared hitter and productive teammate are in the rearview mirror. He is an albatross around the Yankees’ neck – emotionally, physically and financially. If Rodriguez is suspended for the rest of the 2014 season the Yankees will clear $25 million off their payroll on day one of the suspension. If A-Rod gets a lifetime ban, that figure potentially turns into $86 million, allowing the Yankees to immediately start prowling for their favorite prey; high priced talent wooed away from other teams.

Under the terms of Major League Baseball’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, when a player is suspended without pay, the salary that is owed for that time no longer counts towards the team’s payroll nor the luxury tax threshold. For New York it’s like winning the lottery. Brian Cashman and Joe Girardi must be praying to the baseball gods right now to allow A-Rod’s suspension to come to pass.

This windfall for New York presents immediate problems for the rest of the teams in the AL East and possibly beyond. Orioles manager Buck Showalter appears completely peeved by this potential eventuality. “If Bud lets them get away with that, they’re under the luxury tax,” Showalter told USA Today Sports. “If they can reset, they can spend again and I guarantee you in two years Matt Wieters is in New York.”

Buck’s right and every other manager with big time talent heading into free agency in the next two years should be looking over their shoulder and looking out for the Beast That Eats Everything.

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  • John Fahrer

    This A-Rod fiasco is just one of NY’s many problems.

    The think big philosophy has really only worked for them once (their late 90s run was the winning combination of solid veterans and a strong farm system). They signed FA after FA and traded for past prime star after past prime star, and failed to win a WS.

    It worked in 09 thanks to acquiring an ace in Sabathia and two guys with one spectacular year in them each in Teixeira and Burnett. The Swisher trade was a classic buy low situation that worked out well. But they haven’t won a WS since and are regressing.

    Even if they get rid of A-Rod, they still have a ton of albatross in guys like Sabathia (who’s still serviceable but seems to be dropping from elite status), Teixeira, Jeter. Cano will become another stranglehold contract a few years down the road. Maybe Granderson too pending on if they keep him or not.

    Long story short: Let them do it. Three out of the other four teams in the division are following the winning formula.

  • http://bosoxinjection.com/ Earl Nash

    Great analysis; connecting the dots and revealing how the A-Fraud Saga will have a direct impact on the Red Sox and other AL bEast teams!!!

  • http://bosoxinjection.com/ Earl Nash

    UPDATE:

    Ken Davidoff

    @KenDavidoff
    The Biogenesis guys, including A-Rod,
    have been given a deadline of 6 p.m. Eastern Time Sunday to settle their
    cases. Announcements Monday.