For the last several years we have seen directives from the Yankees brass to cut payroll and get under the luxury tax threshold. The assumption was that we were trying to get under the tax so we could spend big in the 2018 offseason.
Then, we passed on the two biggest free agents. In hindsight, it looks like the Yankees made a good decision. We didn’t really miss Manny Machado or Bryce Harper this year. The same, however, can’t be said about Gerrit Cole.
The Yankees revenue has continued to increase the last four years, and yet, the payroll has not followed suit. In fact, on a percentage basis, the Yankees spend the LOWEST percentage of revenue on their player payroll. Enough is enough. Go out and land the best pitcher on the market and bring New York another championship. We have the ice cream. We have the sprinkles. We need the cherry on top.
I called into MLB Network radio to get Casey Stern’s thoughts. (Follow him @CaseyStern). Stern does postseason studio work with TBS and is on MLB network radio Monday-Friday from 2-6 p.m., ET, so give him a call.
He is no Yankees fan, a Mets fan actually, but even he agrees, the Yankees NEED Cole, and he has actually pegged him to be in pinstripes. If the Yankees don’t lay out the cash for him, we can never expect them to spend big again.