$283 Million, Two Players, and More Money to Spend: Yanks Want to Be Hated

Ari KramerSenior Analyst IIDecember 12, 2008

CC Sabathia, Chien Ming Wang, A.J. Burnett, Joba Chamberlain, and either Andy Pettite, Phil Hughes, or another free agent pitcher?

If the free agent pitcher ends up being Ben Sheets, the Yankees' starting rotation will consist of three No. 1 pitchers, a No. 2 pitcher, and a potential ace in Chamberlain.

In recent years, the Bronx Bombers have relied on their potent offense and rarely saw one of their pitchers throw a shutout. If all five stay healthy—yes, that is a huge if—the Yankees will flaunt the best pitching rotation in baseball. 

How great is this? The Yankees won't be able to lose more than 50 games with a rotation like this if they stay healthy!

When opponents face the best pitching rotation in baseball, they want to win to show they can beat the best. This season, the Yankees' opponents will want to beat the Yanks to show that spending over $280 million on two players won't necessarily win a championship.

Even as a Yankee fan, I know that the Yankees' penchant for spending multitudes of money on single players ruins the game. Granted, they are not the only team willing to spend so much money in free agency, but if they want a player, they will make sure that their bid is higher than every other team. 

It is going to be hard rooting for the Yankees this season, knowing that the entire baseball world will be against them. 

If one of their recent or future signings of this offseason goes down with an injury, everyone will laugh in the Yankees' faces, instead of feeling sympathetic. 

More or less, the Yankees are creating more enemies by having the ability to sign the top free agents. The Steinbrenner's lack of respect for the way that a baseball game should be won is what makes baseball fans livid. 

Hank and Hal are designing the team to win the World Series this season. If they fall short, regardless of health for the entire season, they will have failed.

Other than people who call themselves Yankees fans, the entire baseball world will root for the Yankees to miss out on the playoffs for the second straight season.