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Buck Showalter thought his comments about the Yankees were off-the-record

Aug 1, 2013, 7:40 PM EDT

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We heard earlier today that Orioles manager Buck Showalter made some interesting comments to USA Today about the repercussions of a possible suspension of Alex Rodriguez, specifically that the Yankees would be able to get under the $189 million luxury tax threshold next season and potentially spend freely in free agency once again. He used his own catcher, Matt Wieters, as an example of someone who the Yankees could have their eye on.  However, if Showalter had it his way, the comments would have never seen the light of day.

According to Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun, Showalter said this afternoon that he thought his comments were off-the-record.

“I said it and someone decided to print it,” Showalter said. “It’s unfortunate, but what are you going to do? … It all boils out from the idea that we’d like Matt to be with us. We like him.”

Sure enough, Wieters was asked about the USA Today article prior to tonight’s game, so Showalter probably wasn’t upset about his general theory getting out as much as he was regretful about name-dropping one of his own players and causing a momentary distraction in the clubhouse. But the sentiment is certainly understandable. A suspension of Rodriguez — who is set to make $25 million next season — would be a gift to the Yankees.

  1. wineman2u - Aug 1, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    Paranoia the destroyer.

  2. uyf1950 - Aug 1, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    So if I understand this correctly. Showalter doesn’t regret making the comment he only regrets that everyone under the sun knows he made it.

    • Reflex - Aug 1, 2013 at 8:00 PM

      No, he regrets that he used his own player as an example, creating an unnecessary distraction for that player. His point had nothing to do with Wieters, but due to how reporters do their job Wieters is now the one fielding questions.

      • fanofevilempire - Aug 2, 2013 at 9:21 AM

        so it’s the reporters fault that Buck is wiener, sour grapes about Yankees firing
        him and then winning all the championships, but remember the fired Buck in
        Arizona and they won when he left, Rangers too.

      • Reflex - Aug 2, 2013 at 3:16 PM

        Um, might want to re-read what I wrote. Not what I said at all.

    • Arods Other Doctor - Aug 1, 2013 at 8:00 PM

      At least he is honest. That’s a lot better than a fake apology.

      • ravensmike410 - Aug 2, 2013 at 12:44 PM

        @fanofevilempire

        And one could say those teams won after he left because of the work he did turning them into winners. He has improved the team’s record in his second full season in each of those instances.

  3. bosoxfan15 - Aug 1, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    Buck is correct that the Yankees will benefit greatly from not having to pay this hefty contract next season. They can sign 2 star players for that price. Or they can choose to save the money and get under the luxury tax and freely spend the following season without penalty. They have single handedly caused salaries to inflate by over-paying for superstars. PooHoles can thank a-rod for his deal.

    • wineman2u - Aug 1, 2013 at 8:31 PM

      Lots of teams have overpaid for players, there’s no one team to blame. The Sox certainly have recently, but were lucky enough to dump most of their bad deals on the Dodgers, Texas, the Angels, Mets, the Braun deal isn’t looking so good for Milwaukee. The Yankees are absolutely included, but their economy of scale is so much greater than just about any other team, that what others consider overpaying really isn’t in their math. The world’s not fair.

    • km9000 - Aug 1, 2013 at 11:48 PM

      Pujols should be glad that A-Rod’s contract (and performance under it) didn’t scare off the Angels from offering what they did.

      • yankee172 - Aug 2, 2013 at 12:57 AM

        I’ll go on record saying the Pujols contract will turn out to be worse for the Angels than A-Rod’s contract is for the Yankees, especially since it’s back-loaded.

    • surefooted1 - Aug 2, 2013 at 12:52 PM

      Except the Yankees didn’t start the stupid mega deals…Texas did.

  4. tomtravis76 - Aug 1, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    A true salary cap and floor would help solve some of the issues. It sure does seem to work in other leagues.

    • hammyofdoom - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:07 PM

      It really doesn’t though. People talk about salary caps/floors helping issues…but if it did so, why would we still have teams like the Patriots, Steelers, NY Giants, Miami Heat, Lakers, Spurs and Celtics who dominate leagues the way they do?
      Baseball Championships since 2000: Yankees (2), Diamondbacks, Angels, Marlins, Red Sox (2), W. Sox, Phillies, Giants (2), Cardinals – 9 different teams

      NFL: Rams, Patriots (3), Ravens (2), Bucs, Steelers (2), Giants (2), Colts, Saints, Packers – 8 different teams

      NBA: Lakers (5!), Spurs (3), Heat (3), Celtics, Pistons, Mavericks – 6 Different teams.

      Plus you have teams like the Jaguars, Clippers, Browns, Wizards and more that still toil in mediocrity/badness for years even with salary caps and floors.

      • 1historian - Aug 1, 2013 at 10:33 PM

        Organizations win championships. The smart owner knows that it is a three step process toward winning a championship

        1) Hire the right GM and let him hire his people.

        2) Pay him what he wants

        3) Get the hell out of the way.

    • dan1111 - Aug 2, 2013 at 1:45 AM

      Other problems with a salary cap:

      1) It amounts to collusion by the owners to divert profit away from the players and to themselves.

      2) It guarantees that every renegotiation of the collective bargaining agreement will be contentious, with the threat of strike or lockout.

      3) It would likely prevent teams from engaging in strategies that help them win, such as having a low payroll while rebuilding, then making a big push for the playoffs. There is usually a salary floor which requires a minimum amount of spending, even if it makes no sense to the team.

      4) Contracts and trades become a based on managing one’s cap space rather than simply talent evaluation. It makes the process harder for fans to understand and puts the focus on an arcane set of rules rather than the players.

      Baseball’s system is not perfect, but the expanded playoffs ensure that every team has a chance. The costs of a salary cap (particularly the threat of play stoppages) outweigh any benefit.

      • itsyourceiling - Aug 2, 2013 at 8:55 AM

        “2) It guarantees that every renegotiation of the collective bargaining agreement will be contentious, with the threat of strike or lockout.”

        Well, we certainly don’t want to mess with how cleanly the CBA’s have been negotiated over the last 30+ years. Think of the lasting effects those would have on the game.

  5. lazlosother - Aug 1, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    Yada yada yada. Buck is a good manager and no one can turn an organization around as quick as he can. Having said that, his comments regarding NY and A-Rod don’t mean much. The Orioles have some astoundingly good players and I bet they can keep them if they want. If I were running the Orioles, I would want.

  6. jfk69 - Aug 1, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    Don’t look now Buck, The Yankees are closing in that wild card. Next year. Your players. Your paranoia is justified. After all…You did work for the Yankees.

    • Glenn - Aug 1, 2013 at 10:41 PM

      The Yankees are closing the cellar door.

  7. detroitfanatic - Aug 1, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    Oohh. The Yankees are going to get Matt Wieters when he becomes free agent. What a scary thought. Then they’d have ALL the good players.

  8. jfk69 - Aug 1, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    So Bucks solution is. Ped use is not ok. Unles its in another division and won’t affect his team in any way shape and form. Or… It is a crappy player from another team that can help us if they let him play
    Buck really has his priorities straight. Now you know why this form of cheating was allowed to go on for as long as did.

  9. therealtrenches - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    Baseball journalists = gossipy sewing circle.

  10. thegonz13 - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    Memo to Buck: If you talk to a member of the media, it’ll NEVER be off-the-record!

    • Bryz - Aug 2, 2013 at 12:06 AM

      “It’s never off the record unless someone explicitly says so” is probably a good mantra to have.

  11. Old Gator - Aug 2, 2013 at 12:40 AM

    Wake up, Buck. As Derrida famously wrote, il n’y a pas de hors-texte.

    • jimeejohnson - Aug 2, 2013 at 12:49 PM

      Thumbs downs courtesy of English soccer hooligans.

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