Stephen Strasburg wants a lot of money. So what?

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A reader of my other blog made a wonderful point a few minutes ago, and it goes like this:

For all the roaring of terrible roars about how much Stephen
Strasburg is going to ask for, and all the gnashing of teeth when the
Yankees signed Burnett, Sabathia, and Teixeira, and all the rolling of
terrible eyes when the Red Sox paid $51.1M for Dice-K, the Real Madrid soccer team just offered $131M to sign Cristiano Ronaldo away from Manchester United.
None of that $131M includes what they will actually pay the player.
That’s just what they will have to pay ManU for the right to negotiate
a contract.

I’ll add that that same Real Madrid team spent another $94 million for the rights to another player (a guy named Kaka), the Jets just gave $50 million to a guy who has never taken a snap in pro football and the Lions did the same thing last month.

Strasburg is reportedly asking for $50 million. He could blow the
record bonus out of the water by getting less than half that amount. In
light of what’s going on in other sports, why is everyone so upset with
Strasburg and Boras?

Masahiro Tanaka to throw off a mound this weekend

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Earlier this month Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka strained both of his hamstrings while running the bases in an interleague game against the Mets and was sent to the 10-day DL. Today it was announced that the beginning of the end of most DL stints for pitchers — throwing off of a mound — is in Tanaka’s immediate future.

Tanaka is scheduled to throw off a mound Sunday, which will be his first real (well, fake real) pitching action since the June 9th injury. Assuming the session goes well, Tanaka is expected to return to the Yankees’ starting rotation sometime in early-to-mid July. With the All-Star break coming the week of July 16, it would not be hard to imagine the Yankees giving him a few extra days to get right.

Tanaka is 7-2 with a 4.58 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 73/19 in 72.2 innings on the season.