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Ways to spend $243 million

News of the New York Yankees’ recent free-agent signings of pitchers CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett for an astounding $243 million got us thinking.

What could be done with $243 million if it weren’t being used to try and buy the Yankees a pennant?

Here are 10 other things $243 million could buy you.

1. 810,000 20-gig iPods. Source: Macworld

2. Safe water for 8.1 million people.  Source:

3. 8,457 weddings. Source:

4. A 1.6 percent stake in Facebook Inc.  Source: MSNBC

5. 14,647 Smart cars. Source:

6. Eight old Yankee Stadiums (adjusted for inflation). Sources: Wikipedia, Inflation Calculator

7. 4,959 teachers. Source: Indeed

8. Food, clothing and education for 69,191 children in a third world country for a year. Source:

9. A monthly subway pass for 36 percent of New York City’s residents (3 million). Sources: Wikipedia,

10. Enough copies of Meat Loaf’s “Bat Out of Hell” (15.1 million) to make it the best-selling album of all time. Source: Infoplease

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