Buster Olney’s fine piece suggesting baseball call a general amnesty on past steroid users so that the entire league might get past its “bunker mentality” and begin its twelve-step recovery, got us to thinking. We’re all for Buster’s plan, but we just don’t see it happening. That said, Jason Giambi and the Yankees can do something, with just a bit of cooperation from the powers that be. So herewith let us suggest the YF Truth for Charity Plan, and please do excuse us if our math is a bit loopey. We studied art history in college:
-Giambi publicly admits to steroid use and agrees to have the remaining $80-odd million on his contract cut in half.
-The Yankees agree not to fire Giambi and to put the remaining half of his salary into a charitable trust to be used for drug education and whatever else the MLB and the PA can think of. Maybe schools in Latin America. Social Security. Whatever.
-The League agrees not to count the balance of that $40 million against the Yankees in future luxury tax/payroll calculations. (It’s charity, right?)
-The PA agrees to let Giambi reduce the value of his contract as described.
All parties here give up something valuable, but everyone benefits. Giambi isn’t fired, he’s guaranteed more money than any normal person could ever hope for, and this ridiculous apology charade ends so that he can begin to recover his reputation. The Yanks save cash on the luxury tax. The League and the PA actually do something proactive and positive. All those teams losing out on the Yankee luxury dollars can live with that as the price for having cashed in on the steroid-fueled cash bonanza.
Okay. Get out your slide rules. Let us have it….