Baseball is doing better than most businesses. But you know something's amiss when even the Yankees are claiming they can't add salary or expand their payroll.
Ultimately, the $200 million team just might find a few mil in the seat cushions. But for now anyway, they're saying they are tapped out.
The same may be true for the Cubs, yet another storied big-market club that may not spend this summer. The Cubs' situation could be compromised by the glacial pace of the team's sale. At present, their player dealings appear to be in the same sort of limbo as the sale, meaning their big in-season acquisition may be limited to recovering star
The Rangers also are believed to have very little money for player acquisitions, while the Braves are thought to be in that boat, too. Word was, Atlanta needed to balance the books to bring in
The tight monetary stance might put those clubs in a majority of baseball teams that are counting pennies.
Although, there are still several teams that will likely take on a salaried player if he helps. Even taking the Yankees at their word (for now, anyway), perhaps as many as 10 teams can add payroll. Let's start with three big-market clubs that surely have the wherewithal and willingness to take on salary:
Those three teams could be joined by five more likely spenders ...
And here are two more possible spenders ...
And, of course, we can't really count out one more team ...
But the question remains: Where is he going?
Six teams were set to watch Martinez's workout last Friday -- the Angels, Rays, Rangers, Yankees, Cardinals and Brewers -- though mysteriously, Brewers scouting guru
The Cubs have been among the most interested in Martinez all along, but their ownership situation seems to have curtailed their pursuit (see above). The non-contending Indians and Diamondbacks have been mentioned as having interest, as well.
Martinez did throw fine. One scout filed a report saying Martinez showed a "good changeup,'' "decent curve,'' and 87 mph fastball, and called him a "soft fifth starter,'' according to
Still, it's hard to guess who's ready to step forward. The Yankees don't appear ready to make a play, and according to the
Whatever team signs Martinez will want a gauge of when he can be back pitching at the big-league level. Cuza said the goal is to have him ready by shortly after the All-Star break.
• Mariners GM
• Zduriencik said he has yet to receive a call of interest in third baseman
• In the meantime, the Mariners (35-34, winners of three straight) continue to be one of baseball's surprising teams under new manager
• Teixeira, incidentally, said he's got his Dallas area home for sale. He didn't say how much. If anyone's interested, I'll try to get details.
• Heroic effort by
• Maybe all those pitches are finally catching up to
• Fortunately, the Red Sox never traded
• Nice to see the receptions
• Congrats to
• The White Sox have been willing to trade prospects in the past to enhance their pennant chances, but they may not be as likely to do so this year. While they aren't out of it in the wide-open AL Central, they aren't playing well enough to sacrifice the future. Their top prospect is the recently promoted infielder
• But Yankees higher-ups weren't too thrilled with the way the entire team played in losing a series to the Nationals at Yankee Stadium. "Going through the motions,'' was one phrase that was heard.
• Nats manager
• Girardi gave a touching speech about his father,
• Good to see Big Papi homer on Father's Day.
• I hope the government doesn't pursue a case of perjury against
• My incessant tweeting continues at