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A pet peeve of mine is when people say a team "spent $100 million" when they sign a guy to a long multi-year deal with a total value of $100m.
It leads to awkwardness like this which is saying that the yankees can spend less than $189 million by spending more than $300 million.
it is quite possible they'll pay out 300MM this year without actually going over the tax limit.
I also hate this. Fraction could be anything. 99/100 is a fraction as is 1/4, or 1/100.
I figured it was this sort of silliness but was hoping maybe the secret plan was for the Yanks to go out and, say, sign Cano for 20/$300 and Granderson for 8/$50 to spread out the AAV.
Such blatant attempts to circumvent the CBT would be against the CBA, and there is a 0% chance that the contracts would be approved by the commissioner.
Couldn't it be worked around with some kind of games played clause? They sign him to a $2 million base, plus some bonus/option that kicks in if he plays/stars more than x games, a threshold that almost certainly wouldn't be reached without an AWOP AROD.
Neither the Parties hereto nor any Club or any Player shall
enter into any agreement, Uniform Player’s Contract or other trans-
action, that includes any terms designed to defeat or circumvent the
intention of the Parties as reflected by this Article XXIII.
Not entirely sure what you are getting at here. Bonuses count towards the competitive balance tax. And if I am following you correctly, I see zero reason why Cano would go for that.
Anyway, point being that MLB (and the MLBPA) seem willing to accept a whole lot of creative contracting and I wouldn't be too confident about what they'd find in violation these days.
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