You’re not supposed to kick a man when he’s down, but…

January 2, 2012 | 21 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

Back in mid-November, we posted a rebuttal to a Fangraphs article in which Dave Cameron states the Yankees are not subject to financial opportunity cost.

Using this offseason to-date as evidence, we were right and Cameron was wrong. And while we don’t want to kick a sabermetric pioneer when he’s down, we felt the need to highlight this:

Buster Olney, Jan 2:

NYY like Edwin Jackson, but signing of Rafael Soriano last winter has taken up 8-figure part of their budget. Unless budget grows, no room.

Jeter preps Manhattan apartment for New Year’s party

December 31, 2011 | 38 comments | in Featured | by SJK

Current Yankee rumors

December 30, 2011 | 37 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by Vizzini

Bombers go fishing

December 29, 2011 | 37 comments | in Featured | by Vizzini


The Yankees will offer Hideki Okajima a chance to help fill out their bullpen, agreeing to terms with the former Red Sox left-hander on a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training.

Okajima, 36, was an effective force for Boston in his first few seasons after coming to the Majors, but fell out of favor with the Red Sox and spent most of this season at Triple-A Pawtucket.

We’re just kind of casting a wide net to see if we can nail something in the spring,” Cashman said. “Some years you have better success at that than others.”

Out of money: Who is to blame?

December 27, 2011 | 125 comments | in Featured | by SJK

Earlier in the offseason, we remarked that the current construction of the Yankees’ starting rotation was based significantly on “hope.”

There’s a lot of HOPE tied up in this rotation. Hope that AJ can be the dominant starter the Yankees mistakenly thought he was. Hope that Nova is better than his peripherals suggest. Hope that Phil Hughes can actually do something productive. And hope that Freddy Garcia has another vile of pixie dust.

For a team with the Yankees’ resources, this is way too much hopeful thinking. Something has to give.

Well, it looks like nothing is going to give because according to ESPN NY, the Yankees don’t have the cash to make any worthwhile signings.

It has been reported in several places that the Yankees and Red Sox are actively pursuing free-agent right-hander Hiroki Kuroda, but the baseball sources I have spoken with over the past week say it is unlikely the Yankees will make a bid on the 37-year-old former Dodger…

Kuroda is known to want in the neighborhood of $12 million or $13 million for a one- or two-year deal…But when you add in the 40 percent luxury tax surcharge, that pushes Kuroda’s price to around $17 million a season…

You can believe this or not believe it, but a team source told me last week that as much as the Yankees like Kuroda (they tried to trade for him last year), “We simply don’t have the money to pay him.’

Kuroda would be a definite upgrade to the rotation and the Yankees “don’t have the money to pay him.” Wow! If this is true, this might be the most significant news we’ve seen in a long time.

First, it’s now clearly obvious that the Yankees are indeed subject to opportunity cost. There’s a limit to spending in every business, regardless of size, and unless the Yankees are taken over by a Keynesian economist, it looks like they’ve hit their cap.

Second, if the Yankees have hit their spending cap, who is responsible for having such a run-of-the mill rotation despite being able to significantly outspend every other team in MLB?

In the past few years, we’ve seen terrible contracts handed out to Alex Rodriguez, AJ Burnett, Derek Jeter, and Rafael Soriano. Even the Mark Teixeira contract isn’t looking too good at this point. Now, we see that these bad deals are hampering the ability of the Yankees to spend on other areas of the team.

Will the Yankees still win a lot of games? Sure. But, have their resources been properly managed? Based on this recent news, it certainly appears the answer to that question is ‘no’.

Who’s fault is it for the lack of financial connection?

Lumps of coal this offseason

December 24, 2011 | 55 comments | in Featured | by SJK

Ho ho ho from your pals at NoMaas.

From the weirdos who visit NoMaas, v2

December 21, 2011 | 44 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

A few weeks ago, we encouraged our readers to email us whatever they wanted and we’d post our favorites. Enjoy the second edition of “From the Weirdos Who Visit NoMaas.”

From Chris T.

From Taiwanese Man:

* Pay attention to what happens at the 1:35 mark *

From Sully:

To take your shot at internet immortality, email us at or use our contact form.

You can’t “retract this”, Bill

December 20, 2011 | 41 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

In March 2010, Bill Conlin of the Philadelphia Daily News told a NoMaas reader to basically go f*** himself after the reader tried to have a rational baseball debate with the Hall of Fame sportswriter. You can read the full exchange here.

Maybe if the NoMaas reader was a bit younger, Conlin would have treated him differently….

Philadelphia Inquirer:

Three women and a man say they were molested as children by Bill Conlin, a Hall of Fame baseball writer and Philadelphia Daily News columnist.

In vivid accounts, the four say Conlin groped and fondled them and touched their genitals in assaults in the 1970s, when they were ages 7 to 12.

“This is a tragedy,” said Kelley Blanchet, a niece of Conlin’s who said he molested her when she was a child. “People have kept his secret. It’s not just the victims, it’s the victims’ families. There were so many people who knew about this and did nothing.”

Conlin retired Tuesday from the Daily News, where he had worked for more than four decades.

“I can’t even begin to express the shock, sadness, and outrage I feel by what Bill Conlin is alleged to have done,” said Daily News editor Larry Platt, who immediately accepted Conlin’s offer to retire.

*Thanks to Ryan, Brian, and Ike for tipping us off to the story.

Yankees’ austerity sees them lose out on Darvish

December 20, 2011 | 77 comments | in Featured | by SJK

Yahoo Sports:

The Texas Rangers won the rights to negotiate with star Japanese right-hander Yu Darvish by placing a record $51.7 million bid in a posting auction, sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Darvish’s team in Japan, the Nippon Ham Fighters, will accept the bid, which means the Rangers have 30 days to negotiate a contract with Darvish. If they cannot work out a deal, Darvish would return to Japan for the 2012 season and the Rangers would be refunded the posting fee.

On November 12th, we said we’d bid $53 million for him. We came very, very close to the actual figure. In fact, we would have won the bid by a slight amount. Not bad, wouldn’t you say?

The Yankees, however, remain content with CC and the Pixie Dust Four.

“Don’t you two see that you’re in love with each other?

December 18, 2011 | 65 comments | in Featured | by SJK

All this talk about how trade demands are sky high and that the Yankees reportedly aren’t winning the Yu Darvish bid, we’d simply like to say…

“You’re running around out there looking for something that’s not even there, and everything you dream of is right here”.

And as a refresher

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