Clyde McPhatter & Barrett Strong
For those of you under a certain age, the answer is no, these aren't two sleeper prospects for your 2013 Fantasy roster. One of the favorite pastimes of smart asses like the Old Duck is to put a song in your head that you can't remove for at least 24 hours. In 1953, Clyde McPhatter was the lead singer of the Drifters when they recorded "Money Honey" (later covered by Elvis Presley). Not to be confused with the Lady Gaga song, it's lyrics include...
Well, I learned my lesson and now I know--
The sun may shine and the wind may blow--
Women may come, and the women may go,
But before I say I love 'em so,
I want--money, honey!
If you wanna get along with me.
The fledgling Motown Records was provided with important capital when Barrett Strong hit the charts in 1960 with "Money, That's What I Want" (later covered by the Beatles).
The best things in life are free--
But you can keep 'em for the birds and bees,
Now give me money, (that's what I want), that's what I want.
As we continue to marvel at MLB's endlessly deep wallets this off-season, let's give you an opportunity to once again be a General Manager. Based on some minimal research, it appears that there are at least 22 current major league players who will make at least $20 Million for the 2016 season. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to determine which of these players you would really want on your roster in 2016 at these prices. Some figures represent the actual salary for '16, while others are an average of a long-term deal. We won't quibble over a million here or a million there. The player's age for that season is listed to help with your analysis.
> Zack Greinke, age 32, $26 Million
> Ryan Howard, age 36, $25 Million
> Albert Pujols, age 36, $25 Million
> Josh Hamilton, age 35, $25 Million
> CC Sabathia, age 35, $25 Million
> Prince Fielder, age 32, $24 Million
> Joe Mauer, age 33, $23 Million
> Mark Teixeira, age 36, $22.5 Million
> Cole Hamels, age 32, $22.5 Million
> Jose Reyes, age 33, $22 Million
> Matt Kemp, age 31, $21.5 Million
> Jayson Werth, age 37, $21 Million
> Carl Crawford, age 34, $21 Million
> C.J. Wilson, age 35, $20 Million
> Alex Rodriguez, age 40, $20 Million
> Adrian Gonzalez, age 34, $20 Million
> David Wright, age 33, $20 Million
> Jered Weaver, age 33, $20 Million
> Joey Votto, age 32, $20 Million
> Ryan Braun, age 32, $20 Million
> Troy Tulowitzki, age 31, $20 Million
> Matt Cain, age 31, $20 Million
In case you didn't notice, eight of the players on this list play within a 40-mile radius in Southern California. If you're wondering where Triple-Crown winner Miguel Cabrera is, he'll make $22 Million in 2015 before hitting the free agent market at age 32. Cliff Lee will make $25 Million in 2015 and has a $27.5 Million vesting option for 2016 (at age 37).
OK, GM, how many of these paupers are on your team in 2016?