How competitive is it when one team spends a bundle of money on all the best players in the league? It isn't, but that is also why there are likely some that find the current predicament of the New York Yankees a great example of poetic justice.
For years the New York Yankees have been spending a fortune to make sure that many of the best players in baseball are wearing pinstripes. More often than not it has worked. In the mid to late 90's you could count on the Bronx Bombers being in the World Series. Heck, they won four out of five from 1996-2000.
Sounds like money well spent back then, right?
Since the formula has worked--and it must be profitable--they keep doing. Its only resulted in one World Series title since than (2009), but that hasn't stopped them from spending.
Well, those free spending ways appear to have finally caught up with them. Yahoo! Sports writer Jeff Passan pointed out on Twitter Sunday that with Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira, Curtis Granderson, and Kevin Youkilis all on the DL the Yankees have over $96 million in salary injured.
Over half the team's in baseball don't spend that much on their whole team. To add insult to injury, the team is probably only going to get Curtis Granderson back. Youkilis and Teixeira are out for the season. It would be surprising to see Jeter or A-rod return either at this point.
Yeah, it may have worked once, but all that money is not going to buy the Yankees a championship this season.