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Melky gets a modest raise

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Feb 29, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Yankees gave Melky Cabrera $461,200 for this season. He made $432,400 last season. There is some sort of in-house formula that determined his $28,800 raise. The 25-man payroll is at approximately $203 million with a few slots to fill.

Players with less than three years of service time are renewed at a figure determined by the team. There are no negotiations to speak of.


Lots of bad karma this week for the Red Sox.

The Beantowners visited the White House on Wednesday before taking a side trip to visit wounded soldiers at the Walter Reed Medical Center. Manny Ramirez and Julian Tavarez blew off the visit. Classy move there.

Then on Thursday the Sox played a doubleheader against Boston College and Northeastern. They beat the college teams by a combined score of 39-0 and drew 27 walks. Imagine if the kids weren’t from Boston.



64 Responses to “Melky gets a modest raise”

  1. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 February 29th, 2008 at 12:36 am

    I can forgive Ramirez and Tavarez for blowing off the White House, as I can’t say I’m not sympathetic, but not going to Walter Reed?

    That’s lame.

  2. Josh February 29th, 2008 at 12:39 am

    who knows and who cares why they didnt go

    what time is the game tomorrow?

  3. Renee in Boston February 29th, 2008 at 12:39 am

    manny and tavarez probably got too stoned after meeting the pres that they got lost on the way to walter reed.

    there’s really no excuse though

  4. huuz February 29th, 2008 at 12:40 am

    “Red Sox Nation? What a bunch of [expletive] that is. That was a creation of the Red Sox and ESPN, which is filled with Red Sox fans. Go anywhere in America and you won’t see Red Sox hats and jackets, you’ll see Yankee hats and jackets. This is a Yankee country. We’re going to put the Yankees back on top and restore the universe to order.”

    Hank S.

  5. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 February 29th, 2008 at 12:43 am

    Renee: Are you in the Yankeesfans lj community?

  6. Clare February 29th, 2008 at 12:43 am

    27 walks is bad. It’s not like you can take a knee in baseball, but obviously there’s no point in racking up walks while you’re beating up a college team.

    Hopefully the Yankees will display some better sportsmanship.

  7. kd February 29th, 2008 at 12:46 am

    do you think manny can spell walter?

  8. Andrea February 29th, 2008 at 12:49 am

    Clare: that’s what I was thinking. You’re playing a college team. Swing the bat and try to play a little bit. How many of those 39 runs were walked in?

  9. pat February 29th, 2008 at 12:53 am

    Nice little raise for Melky but using the he who makes the most $ rule that players talk about, dinner is on Cano this year.

    Manny being Manny used to be cute but now it’s just gotten old. Going to the White House to be recognized for an achievement is not about politics, its about ceremony.

  10. Andrea February 29th, 2008 at 1:03 am

    Melky’s raise is the entry level salary for some professions.

  11. Buddy Biancalana February 29th, 2008 at 1:14 am

    Is anyone buying the excuse that Manny & Julian are liberals & didn’t care to shake hands Bush, perhaps if Obama were president they would have attended.

  12. RM February 29th, 2008 at 1:23 am

    Theo “the boy wonder” blew off the Walter Reed trip also.

  13. emobacca February 29th, 2008 at 1:35 am

    That Theo Epstein is a bad apple

  14. MikeEff - Shelley at First February 29th, 2008 at 1:37 am

    yeah, a class act.
    i don’t blame any player for skipping the white house though.

  15. WangFan88 February 29th, 2008 at 1:49 am

    Manny Ramirez eats babies


  16. Andrea February 29th, 2008 at 1:51 am

    Why were the Red Sox invited to the White House? is that just a World Series thing?

  17. Guiseppe Franco February 29th, 2008 at 1:52 am

    Regardless of who occupies the White House, those chumps should have been there with their teammates.

    This day wasn’t about Manny and Tavarez. It was about the team being there together as a group and recognizing their accomplishment.

    Classless on all fronts no matter what their personal politics are. No doubt there were many Red Sox players who don’t agree with the administration’s policies and still made the trip.

    Not showing up at Walter Reed is even worse.

  18. MikeEff - Shelley at First February 29th, 2008 at 1:55 am

    nice Joba article from the times:

  19. MikeEff - Shelley at First February 29th, 2008 at 1:59 am


    i beg to differ. i see no reason why any player should be expected to attend what amounts to a photo-op for the president. if they wish to go, fine.

    however i think the team should have made the hospital trip mandatory and if it is true that theo decided to skip the hospital he should be excoriated by the press.

  20. MikeEff - Shelley at First February 29th, 2008 at 1:59 am

    so is everyone going to be on line at 10am to get tickets?

  21. Andrea February 29th, 2008 at 2:06 am

    MikeEff: I’m a season ticketholder. I got tickets I wanted through the presale :)

  22. corsari February 29th, 2008 at 2:07 am

    Didn’t Manny blow off the first visit (after 2004) too? He is a great hitter, but still I’m glad he isn’t on the Yankees.

  23. Whatevered February 29th, 2008 at 2:09 am

    They all should have went to walter reed.

  24. Guiseppe Franco February 29th, 2008 at 2:11 am


    This has nothing to do with a photo-op for the President. Every championship team from all major sports gets an invitation to the White House. It matters none which party controls the highest office.

    It’s tradition. The next President will do the very same thing.

    Respect the office regardless if you respect it’s current occupant.

    Obviously, these two chumps don’t respect our soldiers either so maybe all of it is a moot point.

    I’ll bet Joe Girardi wouldn’t stand for that kind of snub regardless of their personal politics.

  25. Whatevered February 29th, 2008 at 2:11 am

    Whether you agree with the war or not those soldiors fought and now they are injured if the team was going everyone should have gone.

  26. Jack Ransovy February 29th, 2008 at 2:16 am

    Maybe the next reporter(s) they face will ask them why they didn’t go. Actually Maybe not.

  27. Good Night February 29th, 2008 at 2:20 am

    It’s something else. Maybe the players didn’t show because they had something very important to do. We’ll only know if we ask them and even that doesn’t mean we’ll get the truth.

  28. MikeEff - Shelley at First February 29th, 2008 at 2:25 am

    it has everything to do with publicity and i’m well aware that all presidents do it.
    the fact that it is a tradition does not change the truth.

    this is a free country and NO one should feel obligated to accept an invitation to the white house. it certainly isn’t disrespectful to turn down an invitation.

  29. Guiseppe Franco February 29th, 2008 at 2:47 am

    Um, obviously, you don’t get it. At all.

    This was a team event and every member of that team should have been there, especially at Walter Reed.

    This isn’t about being a “free country.” The Red Sox are Manny’s employer and not showing up at either event reflects negatively on the organization. The Red Sox have every right to impose a mandatory presence and probably did.

    Doesn’t your employer have mandatory meetings or events in your line of work?

    You’re own personal politics are blinding your ability to understand common sense. Theo just slammed Moose for his “b!tching and moaning” about the Japan trip in 2004 and now two of his own players just snubbed their teammates by not attending two major team events.

    This isn’t about politics. It’s about being at a team event with his mates.

    And before you accuse me as such, I’m not a Republican and I didn’t vote for Bush.

    This is why politics should never be mixed with sports. Too many people cannot put their own personal biases aside and discuss the issue rationally.

  30. FLM February 29th, 2008 at 2:53 am

    Hey Pete,
    just got back to NJ from the Bruce show in Hartford…they rocked the place as expected! The encore of Backstreets, Kitty’s Back, Born to Run was awesome! Just thought you’d appreciate it, keep up the great work with the blog

  31. RVA Yanks February 29th, 2008 at 3:13 am

    “Red Sox Nation? What a bunch of [expletive] that is. That was a creation of the Red Sox and ESPN, which is filled with Red Sox fans. Go anywhere in America and you won’t see Red Sox hats and jackets, you’ll see Yankee hats and jackets. This is a Yankee country. We’re going to put the Yankees back on top and restore the universe to order.”

    Damn straight. I’m usually more reserved when these type of comments pop up from him, but after Theo basing the Moose and then Ramirez snubbing the White House it just adds to the mix. Forget the Sox!

  32. RonH February 29th, 2008 at 5:28 am

    Terrible news, everyone pray for Bobby Murcer.

  33. Don Vito February 29th, 2008 at 6:22 am

    Bobby, you can beat this too. God Bless !

  34. J-Dawg--Veintisiete en '08 February 29th, 2008 at 6:48 am

    Nice going for Melky, a modest raise beats no raise at all. I would gladly settle for $461,200. If he needs more money he can just go borrow some from A-Rod. And no, that wasn’t a shot at A-Rod at all, I promise! :)

    That’s some very sad news that Bobby Murcer received. Hopefully he will be able to overcome it. I have always enjoyed listening to Bobby and I want to hear him behind the mike many more times. Get well soon, Bobby!

  35. Doreen February 29th, 2008 at 7:20 am

    Pete, I’m not clear – did they blow off BOTH the White House visit AND the Walter Reed visit, or JUST the White House visit?

    I agree with most of the posters here so far who’ve stated that it was an opportunity for the team to celebrate their World Series victory with a photo op at the White House, and as such, they should all have been there. It is not a statement of support for the President to attend this function. As stated, it’s something of a tradition for the Series winner to be invited to the White House. Regardless of who is actually occupying the office at the time, it is still an HONOR to be received by the President.

    To make this political, these players earn their money playing a game which has enjoyed “special treatment” from the government. For that alone, they should have no problem accepting the honor.

    Still, it is a free country.

    As for not going to Walter Reed, if they in fact blew that off, well, that’s just reprehensible.

    Perhaps these two just didn’t get the memo? Manny’s been known to take a mental holiday or two in his career. I know nothing about Tavarez.

    Anyhoo —

    I am so excited about today’s game with IPK, Hughes and Joba pitching for our Yankees. I’m trying to maintain a level of reasonable expectations here though. It is their first outing of the season and good or bad, I want to try not to put too much emphasis on the outcome. I wish it was on television. The Mets are on SNY, with Santana pitching for the Mets. The Yankees own YES; why can’t they add this game to their schedule today? Like a “special event” or something?

  36. Motown Yankees Fan February 29th, 2008 at 7:34 am

    I think Doreen has it right. It is hard to parse from what Pete said whether they blew off the whole trip, or just the visit to Walter Reed. So, Pete, please let us know.

    Also, the Hank quote? Brilliant.

  37. OldYanksFan February 29th, 2008 at 7:49 am

    This is NOT in defense of Manny Ramirez and Julian Tavarez, just my opinion.

    Quite frankly, I would never visit Dubya in the White House. While it’s good not to mix politics and baseball, I personally cannot just forget what Bush has done to this country, and I would want him to know how I feel. I would have written a letter letting him know why I wasn’t there. If it was good enough, I would have released it to the press to express my disgust for the man. I would also let him know I was about to visit Walter Reed to personally witness some of the tragedy of his presidency and ask him if he felt responsible for putting all those boys in there, when it should have been avoided.

    Remember when Carlos Delgato would not stand for the National Anthem, which is maybe the greatest tradition in baseball? That took real balls and was truly done as a statement of protest. Tradition or not, this is one president I would gladly snub. And it’s wouldn’t be the office (obviously) but the man. However, I don’t know if Manny and Julian were making a statement or what. If it was, their sentiments should have been made public.

    Peaceful protest is very important in this country. We could use a lot more of it.

    As for not going to Walter Reed, that’s a different story and has nothing to do with politics. Maybe we can give some uniforms to Manny and Julian and let them do a tour of duty in Baghdad. Then they might have a real feeling for what Walter Reed Hospital is about.

    It would be nice if the Red Sox, ‘America’s Team’, took these guys to task.

  38. just my opinion February 29th, 2008 at 7:50 am

    i have no problem with anybody blowing off our felon-in-chief, in fact i applaud them.
    but i agree, it would have said much more to blow off the idiot and visit the wounded soldiers.

  39. Peter Abraham February 29th, 2008 at 7:53 am

    I have no idea, nor do I care, whether they blew off the White House (which I think they did). It was reported they blew off the hospital. To me, that’s unacceptable.

  40. just my opinion February 29th, 2008 at 8:04 am

    pete, manny definatly skipped the WH visit. Village idiot made a joke about him having ‘another’ gradma die.

  41. Y's Guy February 29th, 2008 at 8:06 am

    it is possible that to avoid any obvious presidential snub that the sox said anyone not going to the WH should just stay in fla.

  42. murphydog February 29th, 2008 at 8:10 am


    I won’t dignify your rant with a detailed rebuttal. But I will say this.

    You wrote: “This is a free country. Anyone who thinks anyone should have to compromise their personal ideals because their sports team won something doesn’t understand what makes this country great. Or used to at least.”

    We agree on one thing: It’s still a free country. Class, compromise and respect for the “loyal opposition” are two of the things that made this country great. Inviting the World Champs to shake hands with the President isn’t an endorsement of political beliefs. It’s a non-partisan thing that Presidents have done for a long time to recognize the champions of Our National Pastime. If spoiled rich ball players – - and you – - want to find political significance in this event, well, it’s a free country.

  43. Brian (Red Sox Fan) February 29th, 2008 at 8:16 am

    I’m surprised people are upset that Manny (and others) didn’t go to the White House. Why would anyone care?

    Re: The Walter Reed visit. That is, clearly, independent of the trip to the White House. I’m sure that the injured troops would be happy to see any major league players. Perhaps the Yankees could hop on a charter (as did the Sox) and visit the soldiers, if their fans think that it is such a travesty that some Sox players didn’t go. Up to this point, NO Yankee players have gone.

    My goodness. Stop using the troops as prop to lash out at the Sox. Show some restraint.

  44. Brian (Red Sox Fan) February 29th, 2008 at 8:18 am

    * prop should be “a prop”

  45. murphydog February 29th, 2008 at 8:26 am

    Brian (Red Sox Fan)

    “Up to this point, NO Yankee players have gone.”

    The Sox were either invited or decided to do it because they were going to be in town receiving the World Champ treatment at the White House. But putting that aside, don’t you count the Wounded Warrior Project?;c_id=nyy

  46. Y's Guy February 29th, 2008 at 8:32 am

    brian, your wrong about the yankees not showing support for the troops. several players have been to afghanistan and donated time and money to help wounded vets. its not like the sox just decided to go to walter reed to visit troops and oh yeah, while we’re there we’ll drop in at the WH.

  47. Doreen February 29th, 2008 at 8:34 am

    Yay, murphydog!

    I was just about to post the same info.

    Not only did Damon GO to Walter Reed, but he spent real quality time there:

  48. Doreen February 29th, 2008 at 8:35 am

    Yay, murphydog! I was going to post the same information. Not only did Damon GO to Walter Reed, but he spent real quality time there:

  49. Doreen February 29th, 2008 at 8:39 am

    Johnny Damon not only went to Walter Reed, but spent real quality time there:

  50. Brian (Red Sox Fan) February 29th, 2008 at 8:49 am

    Murphdog and Y’s guy – I’m a Vietnam era vet (USMC – did not go overseas) who has wept at Arlington, the Vietnam Wall, the American Cemetery in Normandy, and the Terizen Concentration Camp (Czech Republic). My previous post was not intended to denegrate the Yankees. It was to prod those posters who were wrapping themselves in the flag in order to create a bogus high ground to lash out at the Sox. I resent those who use the prosthetic devices of honored veterans to club perceived slights by Sox players. It’s transparent, and it’s shoddy.

    I’m sure that the Yankees have done their share of patriotic activities. I’m sure that the Sox have. And I have done my little part. Criticize the Sox, but not as a holier-than-thou patriot.

  51. Y's Guy February 29th, 2008 at 8:52 am

    brian, as a vet (during peactime) i couldnt agree more that phony patriotism is the worst patriotism. and anybody who thinks this has any bearing on a baseball rivalry is rediculous.

  52. Brian (Red Sox Fan) February 29th, 2008 at 9:02 am

    Y’s guy …. we totally agree. I don’t think that you’ll run accross any quotes from Walter Reed patients expressing outrage over Manny’s absence. If they’re OK with it, then I think we should let it be. Neither Sox fans nor Yankee fans have a dog in this fight.

  53. pat February 29th, 2008 at 9:08 am

    Manny doesn’t strike me as a real political guy. I think many of you are putting your own feelings into his body as a reason he didn’t go to the White House.

    To me the real issue is that the Red Sox allow Manny to be bigger than the team. The Red Sox management and other players often makes excuses for him and he is not held accountable in the same way as other players. The Boston press is in on the act too. Manny being Manny is the ultimate cop out.

  54. Brian (Red Sox Fan) February 29th, 2008 at 9:32 am

    Pat …. actually, the Boston radio talk shows are pretty hard on Manny, but he’s made of teflon.

    Word is that Jon Henry has never been thrilled with him (hence, the irrevocable waivers a few years ago). But no one picked him up.
    A couple of points: (1) Manny works VERY hard on hitting, including countless hours in some boring drill designed exclusivelt to improve eyesight. He has great skill as a hitter, but I’ll bet he works as hard on it as ARod, for instance. Hitting enthuse4s him. Now, his defense is another matter; (2) Manny delivers, which gives him a lot of wiggle room. He hits the best pitchers on the best teams in October. He hits against the Yankees. Hell, he hits against everyone, and under pressure.

    For better or worse, production matters. That’s the way of the world in professional sports. (e.g. The Yankees only looked into voiding Giambi’s contract when he went into decline – until then all was well.)

  55. Renee in Boston February 29th, 2008 at 9:42 am

    Rebecca: Yes, i’m in the yankeefans community, but i’m not an active member any more

  56. Mark Alan February 29th, 2008 at 9:57 am

    Manny Ramirez is reprehensible pond scum, something we’ve long known.

  57. saucY February 29th, 2008 at 10:02 am

    question: were the ’93 jays invited to the white house?

  58. jk February 29th, 2008 at 10:21 am

    “I’m sorry Manny Ramirez isn’t here. I guess his grandmother died again”.

    President George Bush 2/28/08

  59. Bronx cheer February 29th, 2008 at 10:24 am

    If it’s low class, Boston will find a way to do it.

  60. Peter Abraham February 29th, 2008 at 1:05 pm

    Rich Dwyer: Why are you tooo much of a corward to include your e-mail address so I can e-mail you back? C’mon, be a man.

  61. george February 29th, 2008 at 1:16 pm

    were Felix Heredia & Tim Redding pitching for BC & Northeastern? 27 walks – sounds like their pitching lines

  62. Buffalohead February 29th, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    Murray, Murray, Murray…you forgot to add the World Champion Sox played the regulars for both games..and what a classy move by the Yanks to give Melky Munster Hankenstein’s meal money for a raise this year.

  63. Rich February 29th, 2008 at 3:24 pm

    uh- my email’s right there.. in the yellow field… maybe you ate it? seriously, ill stop with the fat jokes when you stop riling up your orc army here with the “low class” WEEI anti-Manny garbage. cheers.

  64. VTyankee fan February 29th, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    My thoughts are with Bobby Murcer and his family. He was my favorite Yankee growing up. I’ve still never totally excused the Yankees for letting go to San Francisco, even though he came back as both a player and later a brodcaster. He is by any defintion a true Yankee.

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