It’s no secret that if Major League baseball decides to throw down the hammer on Alex Rodriguez, in the form of a lifetime ban, that it would be financially beneficial to the Yankees. Most Yankees fans are actually crossing their fingers that this is exactly what happens, as getting out from under the lengthy A-Rod contract would completely change the outlook of what the Yankees can do in free agency over the next few seasons.
Buck Showalter, on the other hand, doesn’t like it one bit.
In a conversion with USA Today, Showalter said that he thinks if the Yankees were given this type of cap relief that current Oriole’s catcher Matt Weiters, would end up in the bronx in two years.
“If Bud lets them get away with that, they’re under the luxury tax,” the Orioles manager told USA Today. “If they can reset, they can spend again, and I guarantee you in two years Matt Wieters is in New York.”
Regardless of what happens between Major League Baseball and Alex Rodgriguez, Showalter feels strongly that the Yankees should not be able to get out of the weighty contract.
“They’re the ones who signed him to that contract,” Showalter said.
If Rodriguez is suspended for all of next season, the Yankees would not have to pay the disgraced slugger’s $25 million salary for 2014. The unpaid money would not count against the luxury tax and revenue sharing, which would make it much easier for the Yankees to fall under team owner Hal Steinbrenner’s goal of a $189 million payroll for 2014.