Brian Cashman: don't be pennywise and pound foolish in free agency

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I saw this over at IIATMS (note: click there to see a fun pic of LeBron James in a Knicks uniform if that’s your kind of thing).  It’s a quote from Brian Cashman about his philosophy in free agency. After basically admitting that he overpayed for CC Sabathia because the Yankees really needed him, he says:

“You don’t get a gold star for saving
money on a deal; your goal is to win championships,”Cashman said. “You can’t enter the free-agent market as a buyer hoping to beat the other teams by one dollar. You can’t mess around and lose the player.”

On one level he’s absolutely right.  The goal is to win and to win you need to put together a good team and to do that you have to draw up and carry out a plan.  Want that player? Get that player!

On another level, however, this is kind of obnoxious, coming as it does from a guy who works for a team with practically no financial restraints.  That’s not a slam on Cashman — he’s just following orders — but hearing the Yankees’ representative talk about how money should not be an impediment to conquering the free agent market is not unlike hearing some blue blood talk about how you really should send your kid to Choate if you want him to make something of himself.

Steven Matz likely to start season on DL; Zack Wheeler to adhere to innings limit

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Mets manager Terry Collins said on Wednesday, “It’s unlikely that [Steven Matz] will start the season with us.” The final spot in the Mets’ starting rotation will go to either Zack Wheeler or Seth Lugo, Newsday’s Marc Carig reports.

On Wheeler’s innings limit, assistant GM John Ricco said, “There’s going to be some number but we don’t exactly know what that is.” Wheeler missed the last two seasons after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

Neither Wheeler nor Lugo have had terrific springs as each carries a 5.11 and 5.56 Grapefruit League ERA, respectively. However, Carig notes that Wheeler has impressed simply by appearing healthy and brandishing a fastball that once again sits in the mid- to high-90’s. Lugo, meanwhile, proved crucial to the Mets last year, posting a 2.67 ERA across eight starts and nine relief appearances.

Rockies sign 30-year lease to stay in Coors Field

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Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies agreed to a $200 million, 30-year lease with the Metropolitan Baseball Stadium District, which is the state division that owns Coors Field. As part of the deal, the Rockies will lease and develop a plot of land south of the stadium, which will cost the team $125 million for 99 years.

As Groke points out, had the Rockies not reached a deal by Thursday, March 30, the lease would have rolled over for five more years.

Rockies owner Dick Monfort issued a statement, saying, “We are proud that Coors Field will continue to be a vital part of a vibrant city, drawing fans from near and far and making our Colorado residents proud.”

The Rockies moved into Coors Field in 1995. It is the National League’s third oldest stadium. In that span of time, the Rockies have made the playoffs three times, the last coming in 2009 when they lost in the NLDS to the Phillies. The Rockies were swept in the 2007 World Series by the Red Sox.