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Stuart Sternberg Says Rays' Poor Attendance Will Affect Payroll For Next Season
Published September 25, 2013
THERE'S GOT TO BE A BETTER WAY: In N.Y., Tyler Kepner writes the Yankees have "asked themselves why they must spend so much for players, while other teams can win for much less." This is part of the "driving force behind the Yankees’ goal of getting below" the $189M payroll threshold for next season. But every time a team like the A's, Reds and Pirates "clinches a postseason spot, it reinforces to them that there must be a better way." The Rays, "again, have shown that there is." Every player "has an expiration date, and too many seem to reach it in Yankees pinstripes." The team owes P CC Sabathia $71M "over the next three seasons." The Rays, who opened this season with a payroll just under $62M, would "never box themselves into a contract like that." It "would not be an option" (N.Y. TIMES, 9/25).