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No Blingamania for Jobamania
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
Earlier today I wrote about Nick Markakis being dissatisfied with his low pay raise, but someone should let the guy know that things could be worse - he could be making league minimum.

That's the boat in which our dear Jobamania is sailing. Despite his fantastic season, the Yankees determined that he was not worth a dime more than they were forced to throw at him, which is $390,000. For most of us regular Joes/Joe-ettes, such a sum would be more than sufficient for our needs (copious amounts of Diet Dr Pepper and black eyeliner, in my case), but when it comes to baseball just about every player earns more than that after their first year.

To be fair, Joba is still technically a rookie - he didn't pitch enough innings last year to take him out of that category - and the Yankees weren't obligated to boost his salary. Only players that have been with the team for at least three seasons are eligible for arbitration, so there was no bargaining possible. Even so, would it have killed Stein and his Steinettes to throw a couple G's at the kid? This is how they thank him for saving the day and helping the team to the playoffs? Forget the gnats. That kid was KEY to the end of the season!

Let's just hope Stein is more generous with me when he wisely determines that the YC should become the team's personal blogger. I'm thinking www.steinlovesveterans.com.

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posted by Yankees Chick @ Tuesday, March 04, 2008  
  • At 1:33 PM, Anonymous Mets Blog said…

    If anything, it's MOST important for a team to offer a star rookie the minimum salary. This way, when any rookie comes up and has a good year, management can say "We gave Joba the league minimum after his great year. Why do YOU deserve more?"

    The Mets did the same thing with David Wright, for that exact reason. He now has a $55m contract, so all that's well ends well. Besides, I'm sure Joba will make plenty off endorsements :)

  • At 5:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I don't know, Mets Blog - - I think with the amount of money the Yankees have it was almost a slap in the face to give Joba the minimum. Giving him 400K instead would still allow them to give others the minimum while showing Joba they value him more than the average Joe.

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