The deadline for bids on Darvish is today at 5 pm (eastern time). Passan makes the whole process sound like executives have spent several years in Australia bulding up an immunity to iocane powder just for this moment.
The Texas Rangers, for example, have told rivals they’re cash-poor this offseason. A TV deal that will net them $80 million annually doesn’t kick in until 2015. The purchase price of the team for the ownership group – jacked up in an auction by Mark Cuban – wound up tens of millions of dollars higher than expected and sucked up the $90 million signing bonus Fox Sports delivered. And the TV contract itself wasn’t nearly as lucrative as Chuck Greenberg, the club’s deposed CEO, purported it to be.
To which one GM said: “Yeah, right.”
And another executive said: “They’re sandbagging.”
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