The 50.1 mill does not count against the salary cap. If Pittsburgh wants to sign him, sell more tickets- put a better product out on the field- do better business. Move the team. Like the Hartford Whalers, people dont go to the games and pay for seats, the club makes no money and moves to a better environment (Carolina) and makes money, puts a quality product out there and wins a championship. The Yankees of the 1980s were a laughingstock but George is a shrewd businessman, put a good product on the field, and now can afford anything. I despise the Yankees, and I do think that a 200 mill payroll is a lot, but dont whine because your team makes 7 dollars all year. Go to a few games, pay the ridiculously low prices for a Pirates game. That is how they make money- it doesnt grow on trees. Matsuzaka is going to probably get 10-12mill per year for 4 years or so- nothing at all ridiculous. Derek Lowe got 27 mill for 3 years...pitching is expensive, even for crappy pitchers. No other teams even came close to the Red Sox offer- maybe their owners should think about investing some money in this guy and signing him and putting a better product out on the field. Unless of course, for the Mets or Yankees, teams that actually put forth an effort (bidding 10 million would not be an effort) they figured anything more wouldnt be worth it, which is fine. Why should everything payrollwise be equal in baseball? Is there a cap on what GE or General Motors can make or spend? The Red Sox/Yankees/Angels etc owners spent a ton of money to buy the team and are looking to make money and put a quality product out on the field (in an effort to draw crowds and make money). If the payrolls are equal there is little incentive to owning a team. The game, in addition to just baseball, is a business. Advertising, finances, ballparks, marketing, all of that is part of the game whether you like it or not. And it looks like Pittsburgh's inability to succeed in these areas has crippled it on the field. Look at the Tigers, A's, and Twins. Their scouting depts are sooo good, they find great players at a young age and grow them and have successful teams. Same with the Marlins (theyre real real young though). Their excellence in scouting makes up for lack of payroll/advertising/whatever. Its more than just the 9 players on the field on any night. The Pirates get...Jack Wilson? Thats it? A B+ shortstop? Come on, become competent as an organization, then worry about payrolls if need be. End of pseudo rant. And good luck to the Pirates this year- its not just them that I speak of, but many teams/cities that complain about how the business of baseball is ruining their team.