Another take on the Ramirez signing.
The Miami Marlins outfielder two days ago signed a 13-year, $325 million deal, the richest in North American sports history. Federal, state, city and payroll taxes will eat about $141 million, or 43.3 percent of the total, according to Robert Raiola, a certified public accountant who specializes in sports and entertainment. That brings Stanton’s haul to about $184.1 million. Florida has no state income tax.
Overall, signing positional players to 5+ year deals has not worked out well, and teams have generally overpaid compared to market rates for Wins. Teams would be better off signing mid-tier players to fewer than five years, or spending the money on the pitching market instead. A long-term deal with a positional player free agent is unlikely to be the significant value teams hope it will be—buyer beware.
Some possible end games for the Red Sox. I wouldn’t rule out Ramirez as a longterm solution at 1B. Napoli has only one year left on his contract. Their young players still have options available. They can trade some of their surplus and option some of their young players for at least part of next season. In 2016, Napoli leaves, Ramirez moves to 1B, and one of the youngsters slots in.
Get ready for the trades.
The Boston Red Sox, not content to wait for third baseman Pablo Sandoval’s decision as to whether he will sign with the club, reportedly have come to terms with Hanley Ramirez on what is expected to be in the range of a five-year, $90 million agreement, FoxSports.com reported Sunday.
Ramirez was set to arrive in Boston on Monday to finalize terms of the deal, according to the report.
The Boston Red Sox are trying hard for a huge free agent double play, as they are involved with not only Pablo Sandoval but also Hanley Ramirez, according to sources.
The Red Sox are known to be in the middle of talks for star third baseman Sandoval, and after remaining in contact with Ramirez since as far back as the GM meetings, they are believed to be possibly moving toward an agreement with the star shortstop.
The Red Sox could even make it a triple play if they are able to lure ...
It was fun seeing these players.
David Lauria’s Sunday column.
ESPN’s Mark Simon saved me some effort a few days ago. I’d been thinking of looking up which of this year’s pitchers had the highest swing-and-miss rate on pitches in the strike zone, and lo and behold, there it was on Twitter. (If you don’t follow Mark and read his work, you’re missing out on some great stuff.)
Here is the top half of the list:
Chris Sale 23.2%
Max Scherzer 21.8%
Marco Estrada 21.7%
R.A. Dickey 21.1%
Yusmeiro Petit 20.5%
Jacob deGrom ...
That’s a lot of coin for a closer.
Whether the Astros are willing to go hard enough to give Robertson the four-year contract he desires, for roughly $13 million per season, is unclear. What is clear is Houston has expressed a willingness, through its actions this offseason, to elevate its payroll after fielding some bargain-basement squads, and it also desperately needs relief help if it is to climb back into relevance.
As much as the Yankees like Robertson both personally and ...
I hear Pablo Sandoval has received his highest contract offer from the Padres but is leaning toward accepting an offer from the Red Sox, though events could change in a hurry.
The lengths some people will go to to keep their name in the papers…
Want a good one to start your day? We are at Logan getting ready to fly. Heading through security when one of my sons looks at me in panic….“DAD!”.....OMG I THINK I LEFT MY FAKE GRENADE IN MY BAG!!!
Diamondbacks tinker with their roster.
Ike Davis did not develop into the player the Mets hoped he’d become. Still, he would be a useful platoon partner for a team like the Marlins.
Nevertheless, the interest in Upton is described by a person familiar with the talks as significant — the Astros, Rangers and others have inquired — and an executive from another team flatly said, “Justin Upton will be moved.”
Because of the resources he commands, Brian Cashman doesn’t get the credit he deserves. He’s a great GM, though.
Cashman often cited the Collective Bargaining Agreement while discussing the Yanks’ plans in free agency, saying that he could not speak to specifics. Nearly one year after making a seven-year, $175 million investment in Masahiro Tanaka, Cashman was asked if he could see the team producing a similar offer this winter.
“I don’t think I really should say, to be honest,” Cashman said. ...
Say this much about first-year Padres general manager A.J. Preller: He’s apparently leaving no stone unturned in his pursuit of offensive help.
With their interest in Sandoval and Yasmany Tomas, it’s clear the Padres don’t mind bad bodies.
An interesting perspective on the Stanton contract.
In the 1970s and again in ‘80s, I signed that era’s version of the Giancarlo Stanton deal.
I was considered the Giancarlo Stanton of those times. I had led the league in home runs and RBIs a few times, so the Phillies decided I was worthy of becoming the highest-paid player in baseball.
Now he’ll get to experience batting slumps as the highest-paid player, a totally different feeling. He’ll be at home plate with the bases loaded and strike ...
There doesn’t appear to be any rhyme or reason to the Rays managerial search.
Jon Heyman assesses the Dodgers outfield situation.
While Andre Ethier and Carl Crawford were originally seen as the most likely high-profile, high-salaried Dodgers outfielders to be traded, that may not necessarily be the case at this point.
Word is there is serious interest in Matt Kemp, which will weigh heavily into the equation.
A major league source indicated the Red Sox’ five-year, $95 million offer may be in the lead over Sandoval’s offers from the San Francisco Giants and the San Diego Padres.
It’s not certain whether any of the teams have offered a sixth-year option.
Sandoval would like to make a decision soon. He visited the Red Sox Monday and Tuesday and came away with an offer.
During an interview with a San Francisco radio station on Thursday, Giants assistant general manager Bobby Evans expressed ...
The White Sox added a veteran power bat to mix with their young sluggers Friday evening, agreeing to a two-year, $25-million contract with first baseman Adam LaRoche, sources have told MLB.com.
The agreement was first reported by USA Today’s Bob Nightengale.
LaRoche, 35, is an 11-year Major League veteran who spent the past four seasons with the Nationals, hitting .259/.362/.455 with 26 home runs and 92 RBIs in 2014.
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Heavy-tweetin’ ESPN baseball writer Keith Law has been noticeably silent for the last couple of days. That’s no coincidence—he’s been given a Twitter timeout by ESPN, and we’re told that it’s for loudly and repeatedly defending Charles Darwin from transitional fossil Curt Schilling, his Bristol colleague.
Pardon the interruption?
It had escalated so quickly between him and Buckminster, I said; why did he think that was? He replied that he had seen the ump not call close pitches strikes earlier in the game, so he was determined to throw strikes.
I didn’t really understand this. Sometimes, players’ apparently rational explanations for what they’ve done seem to contradict the actions themselves. It’s for this reason that players will sometimes express disdain toward the opinions of people, like writers, who ...
Raising $ for homeless youth, searching for a SS ... at the same time!
For the fifth consecutive year, the New York Yankees general manager planned to sleep outside in the blustery West 41st Street courtyard of Covenant House as part of an annual nationwide event to raise money to benefit homeless children and adolescents.
“I don’t know how any human beings can deal with this on a daily, weekly, monthly basis,” Cashman said. “There’s no comfort on that ground. Even one night is ...
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