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With the Yankees not making the playoffs (again), could a shift in business model be coming for the team at the top of the spending list?
by Steve Carney / 620 WDAE
The New York Yankees have a century-plus of tradition, a new stadium, and a giant payroll with which they snap up top stars as they become free agents.
However, this year their gigantic payroll couldn't get them even a wild card berth, and the New York media, starting with New York Times beat reporter Tyler Kepner, is now starting to consider whether the team should try and follow the example teams like the Rays, A's and Pirates have set for success.
Kepner describes how Executive Vice President Andrew Friedman has had to make some tough choices, trading away stars like James Shields and Matt Garza, while letting others like B.J. Upton and Carl Crawford leave via free agency.
"The results of those pragmatic, but often excruciating, decisions are everywhere on the Rays’ roster," Kepner writes. "The Rays reached the World Series in 2008, and eventually traded four starting pitchers for a haul that has brought Chris Archer, Matt Joyce, Wil Myers and Sean Rodriguez, among others. In the meantime, they have stayed competitive every season."
Kepner goes on to point out that Tampa Bay's front office would never have constrained themselves with a contract the likes the Yankees gave pitcher C.C. Sabathia, and that a big part of this consideration should be to get underneath the $189 million luxury tax threshold for 2014.