Found January 16, 2012 on Baseball Prospectus:
On December 4, Joel Sherman of the New York Post explained why the Yankees were unlikely to make a free-agent splash this offseason. The new collective bargaining agreement provided tremendous incentives for Brian Cashman and the Steinbrenners to begin paring their payroll down, with a two-year goal of dropping it below $189 million, the luxury tax threshold in 2014. Forty days later, Cashman sought to accomplish that goal in one fell swoop. He acquired Michael Pineda and Jose Campos from the Mariners—pitchers he believes will form forty percent of the Yankees’ rotation in 2014 and allow them to control costs. Initial reactions from fans on Twitter suggested that the Yankees gave up too much, and Cashman himself even admitted that he gave up a player who could be the second coming of Mike Piazza or Miguel Cabrera.  But even if that were the case, the new span<span data-scayt_word="CBA
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