At 1:28 this morning, I read a story that said the Yankees had reached their free-agent quota for the year. I read this story at MLB Trade Rumors, which cited the story as being on MLB.com. According to the story (written by one Barry M. Bloom), teams are only allowed to sign three Type A or B free agents, and with CC Sabathia, Mark Teixeira, and A.J. Burnett on board, the Yankees have reached their limit.
But wait one second, dear readers! I seem to recall reading not that long ago—on that very same website—that the Yankees could sign up to NINE free agents! Why has the quota suddenly been reduced to three?
It seems I'm not the only one who didn't buy Mr. Bloom's tale. MLBTR was also a little confused, citing the post it put up earlier this month, pointing out that the Yankees could in fact sign up to nine free agents. However, they admitted that the article's source (MLB executive VP of labor relations Rob Manfred) is probably correct.
They then mention a question posed by a reader that the San Francisco Giants have already signed five free agents, leading to further confusion as to the details of the quota rule.
Well, a big name has stepped forward, shooting down the story. That big name is none other than Yankees GM Brian Cashman, who today told Peter Abraham that the Yankees have NOT reached their quota. This comes as a huge relief to those who (like myself) are pining for a Manny Ramirez and maybe a Juan Cruz.
I'm curious about what the validity of Bloom's article is. Did Manfred give him faulty information? Did Bloom misinterpret the information? Was this all a giant hoax? (That's unlikely, but who doesn't love a good conspiracy theory?) I'm sure more information will become available in time, and to keep yourself in the loop, you can follow this link to the continually updated MLBTR website.
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