Orioles manager Buck Showalter isn't happy with some of the possible repercussions from the looming suspension of New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez.
Speaking to USA Today, Showalter said he will "guarantee you" that Orioles catcher Matt Wieters will be playing for the Yankees when he becomes a free agent after the 2015 season if Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig suspends Rodriguez for at least next season.
As USA Today notes, according to the collective bargaining agreement, the portion of a player's salary that he does not collect while suspended also does not count toward his team's payroll and the luxury tax threshold.
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So, if Rodriguez is suspended for the 2014 season, the Yankees would save the $25 million owed to the veteran third baseman. And if he receives a lifetime ban, as some have rumored, New York would get back all of the money in the remainder of his contract.
Here's an excerpt from the USA Today article:
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."
What do you think Selig should do about A-Rod?