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This is why DD stated from the get go that the Orioles were not going to be in this thing. Everyone knew this was going to happen. When the Dodgers signed Kershaw, that was pretty much it.

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Gotta love baseball's competitive balance. What a joke.

the Yankees lineup is still remarkably old and riddled with holes. Tanaka is a good get, but honestly, I still don't see the Yankees being demonstratively better this year with him.

Tanaka would have been more dangerous on a team like the Tigers, or the Royals. In New York he is going to be pitching every fifth day for a team with a complete dearth of offense and some pretty bad infield defense behind him.

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That brings the Yankees new offseason commitments over $450M.

9 FAs for 29/$491MM if you include the posting fee.

All of that, and they'll still start Brian Roberts-Derek Jeter-Kelly Johnson around their IF on Opening Day.

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Question: Is Tanaka really that much better than Darvish?

Darvish: $51 mm posting fee and 6/$56 mm contract

Tanaka: $20 mm posting fee and 7/$155 mm contract with an opt out.

Either Tanaka is much more highly regarded, or the old posting system really screwed Darvish by forcing him to negotiate with only one team.

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That means the Yankees will blow past the 189m team salary. That means they will keep spending.

Again, the $189 was a goal; never a mandate. And once they go over it the LT is what it is. So they may as well blow the doors off the payroll because they'll get hit with the LT whether they are $1 over or $20M over. They're not done yet.

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Question: Is Tanaka really that much better than Darvish?

Darvish: $51 mm posting fee and 6/$56 mm contract

Tanaka: $20 mm posting fee and 7/$155 mm contract with an opt out.

Either Tanaka is much more highly regarded, or the old posting system really screwed Darvish by forcing him to negotiate with only one team.

Tanaka is a talented pitcher, but is not really on Darvish's level. Yu got screwed royally.

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Question: Is Tanaka really that much better than Darvish?

Darvish: $51 mm posting fee and 6/$56 mm contract

Tanaka: $20 mm posting fee and 7/$155 mm contract with an opt out.

Either Tanaka is much more highly regarded, or the old posting system really screwed Darvish by forcing him to negotiate with only one team.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>He's very talented. But he's not Darvish. RT <a href="https://twitter.com/Jose_Consuervo">@Jose_Consuervo</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/ProfessorParks">@ProfessorParks</a> Tanaka isn't nearly as talented as darvish is he?</p>— Jason Parks (@ProfessorParks) <a href="https://twitter.com/ProfessorParks/statuses/426008458375077888">January 22, 2014</a></blockquote>

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It is disgusting what the Yanks can do with that money. While it sucks for us, I don't think I'd want to root for a team that just throws a roster together by spending, spending, spending.

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Even as such, we have a joke of an owner who won't spend where this wouldn't matter.

Dude, there was no way the Baltimore Orioles would give that money to this guy. It just isn't happening. Watch what happens to the Mariners over the next four-five years.

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the Yankees lineup is still remarkably old and riddled with holes. Tanaka is a good get, but honestly, I still don't see the Yankees being demonstratively better this year with him.

Tanaka would have been more dangerous on a team like the Tigers, or the Royals. In New York he is going to be pitching every fifth day for a team with a complete dearth of offense...

So Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann, and Carlos Beltran are just so much chopped meat?

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Question: Is Tanaka really that much better than Darvish?

Darvish: $51 mm posting fee and 6/$56 mm contract

Tanaka: $20 mm posting fee and 7/$155 mm contract with an opt out.

Either Tanaka is much more highly regarded, or the old posting system really screwed Darvish by forcing him to negotiate with only one team.

Do you get the idea that the negotiations were Darvish-like and then the Yankees just came in and doubled everyone else's bid?

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