Conspiracy lol, but I don't think it is so. Yankees always overpay less valuable players because they can. It's stupid, but they do this with all their players. Look at their bench, they're all overpaid veterans.
I read an article a while back about what makes the Yankees so good. And it is not just the buying of the best players. It's also the buying of the bench players. Ibanez produced so well in a lesser role for the team. Their financial flexibility allows them to do this.
In Mets' situation, if we sign Hairston to what he's worth this offseason, this would be a similar thing. We pay a bit more than face value for a lesser role, it fleshes out the team.
The worst one was actually $18M to Clemens for 1/2 a season (probably still a record for Million$ per start), I think he pitched about .500 if I remember correctly.
Perez was a terrible contract, but the Mets usually have more problems with high paid position players (like Bay), while the Yankees for some reason have a lot more problems with high paid starters (Burnett, Pavano, Brown, Vasquez, even Randy Johnson only lasted one season with them).
"Because 38 year-old Hiroki Kuroda got $15 million and supposedly turned down $17-18 million from the Padres."
The same type of loyalty that Wright and Dickey have shown by expressing their desires to stay with the Mets. Now its up to the Wilpons and Alderson to show that type of loyalty to R.A.
Pettitte is 40, way past his prime and once left the Yankees for more money with Houston. Andy's loyalty is to the money he can extort from the Yankees. Mariano, is a decent guy, took a cut. Mariano is a true star, great person and loyal Yankee. Pettitte is a phony bologna.
And the Yankee attendance was down almost 20% last year They couldn't even sell out for the playoffs. The contract makes no sense.