A post-season shocker: For the first time in years, cialis buy online the Yankees have become budget-minded! The Steinbrenners clearly want to reduce the payroll from the $215 million spent last season. Their attitude and that of most other clubs mirror our deficit-conscious political team in Washington. Without the Yanks’ spendthrift habits to discuss, pills pressbox observers are fixated on the money spent in exceptional deals like the ones for Carl Crawford, sovaldi Vernon Wells and Jayson Werth by the Red Sox, Angels and Nationals. There is much talk, too, about the many millions saved by the Rays and Blue Jays in ridding themselves of their high-salaried players.
The cost-containment trend has made players more security-minded than is commonly the case Of 419 players tracked in the post-season by MLB.com, only five – the Twins’ Clay Condrey, the Phillies’ Greg Dobbs and Jamie Moyer, the A’s’ Gabe Gross, and the Mariners’ Casey Kotchman – rejected off-roster assignments by their teams, opting instead for freedom to hit the open market. So far all remain unsigned.
Team GOP, we know, wants to return health care to a wide-open market and send Obama-care back to the Dem clubhouse from whence it came. Anticipating the skipper’s appeal last Tuesday night, the National Journal’s Ron Brownstein said the GOP’s effort, if successful, would have a liberating effect that might not be well received:
“With (last) week’s vote to repeal President Obama’s health care reform, House Republicans struck a blow for freedom.
“They struck a blow for the freedom of hospitals to avoid financial penalties, no matter how many Medicare patients develop infections under their care. They struck a blow for the freedom of hospitals to avoid consequences, no matter how many Medicare patients are readmitted soon after treatment. And they struck a blow for the freedom of health care providers to receive unending annual increases in their Medicare reimbursements, even if they fail to improve their productivity by even a fraction of what’s occurring in other industries.
“Take that, Big Government.”
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More on Money: The nearly unanimous pressbox boos for the Angels’ deal for Wells is the puzzlement of the week. Sure, the LAAs are tying up a lot of money for the next few years, but the immediate payoff is what fans care about, and it should be large. In Wells, Tori Hunter and Bobby Abreu, the Angels have three big sticks and two ballhawks. Put Peter Bourjos in center (if he starts to hit) and you have one of, if not the best defensive outfield in baseball. What’s a few dollars if it’s not coming out of the pundits’ pockets? Add the returning Kendry Morales to the Angels’ offensive mix and you certainly have a title contender in the AL West.
Still More: The Cardinals are either going to give Albert Pujols an NL-record salary or lose him after this season. If it’s the former (as is likely), the team will be thin financially and in blue-chip prospects. The Cards didn’t place a single player among last season’s 28 Triple- and Double A All Stars listed by Baseball America. The St.Louis farm system is rated close to the bottom of the 30 monitored annually. GM John Mozeliak is finding his predecessor Walt Jocketty a hard act to follow. From 1995 through 2007, Jocketty’s teams won seven Central Division and two NL championships and one World Series title. During Mozeliak’s three seasons, the Cardinals made the playoffs once – in 2009 – only to be swept by the Dodgers in the first round. Jocketty, meanwhile, has quickly built the Reds into an NL Central power. After Cincinnati reached the playoffs last season, Jocketty was named baseball’s Executive of the Year a third time.
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