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Yankees leaving Orioles, others in AL East far behind in spending spree
Yankees leaving Orioles, others in AL East far behind in spending spree

For years I’ve heard the bellyaching about how the Orioles can’t compete financially with the big boys in the American League East, specifically the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox. Well, now it looks like everyone, including the Red Sox, can join hands and sing in protest to those mighty, free-spending Yankees. Not really, of course. Teams are free to spend however they want in the free market that is Major League Baseball. (And there sure is a sense the Orioles could do a lot more with their payroll; see Peter Schmuck’s column today). But the Yankees certainly have taken it to an eye-popping level this winter. With the signing of Japanese right-hander Masahiro...

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