The longer Alex Rodriguez could be suspended the more it could help the New York Yankees. And that infuriates Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter. Forget the money and drugs — it's competitive imbalance that has Showalter steamed. Showalter who managed Rodriguez on the Texas Rangers says he has no interest in discussing the suspension possibilities surrounding the Yankees third baseman but is taking aim at how New York could benefit. Getting Rodriguez's $25 million salary off their 2014 books would effectively reset a Yankees payroll projected to exceed a $189 million luxury tax threshold the club hoped to slip under. And if they're freed from the $86 million owed Rodriguez from 2014 to '17? Showalter fears Commissioner Bud Selig's zeal to ban Rodriguez might turn the Yankees into free agent predators again. "If Bud lets them get away with that they're under the luxury tax" Showalter told USA TODAY Sports. "If they can reset they can spend again and I guarantee you in two years Matt Wieters is in New York." Wieters the Orioles catcher would be eligible for free agency after the 2015 season though it's likely the Orioles would attempt to sign the 27-year-old to an extension in the meantime. But a Yankees ledger freed of any A-Rod commitments would alter the market for many players.
Buck Showalter steamed at Yanks' possible A-Rod windfall
USA Today | Aug 1