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Thursday, July 25, 2013
The Price Of Lost Production
52 G, 216 PA, 6 HR, 23 R, 22 RBI, -0.6 fWAR
That's the combined offensive output of Derek Jeter, Curtis Granderson, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, and Kevin Youkilis this season. The Yankees are paying those 5 guys a combined $95.855 million in 2013, or a cool $443,773.15 per plate appearance, $4.168 million per run scored, or $15.976 million per home run. It's a horse that's been beaten to death 10 times over, but that's a lot of production to lose for any team and a lot of money being paid to players who aren't helping the team.
The Yankees aren't paying that replacement group of players much at all this season, but the results once again speak to just how flawed their entire approach to this season has been. They're essentially paying for the same lack of production twice. They've got a shit ton of money tied up in 30-and-older guys based on past performance and they attempted to mitigate that by shopping at the dollar store for present performance. In both cases, they're getting exactly what they paid for. Nothing new or surprising here, just still inexplicable how this plan came to be developed, executed, and botched in such a spectacular fashion.