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Saturday, December 19, 2015

McCarron: Bartolo Colon’s new Mets contract includes $50K bonus if he wins Silver Slugger award

Is this the most awesome contract clause in the history of the game?

Bartolo Colon’s delightful at-bats have become must-see moments in Met games recently and now he’s got a nifty incentive to continue his recent improvement at the plate.

Colon, according to Jon Heyman of cbssports.com, has a $50,000 bonus clause in his new Met contract related to hitting – he collects the cash if he wins the National League Silver Slugger award for pitchers.

Preposterous, you say, based on some of the highlight-reel swings you’ve seen, where Colon takes a cut, misses and his helmet flies off? Well, the 42-year-old pitcher worked hard on his hitting last year and it showed, whether he carried his bat on the way down the first-base line or not.

After going 2-for-62 (.032) in 2014, Colon made a point of improving his swing. Last year, he had a career-high eight hits in 58 at-bats (.138) and knocked in a career-best four runs. He even trimmed his strikeouts from 33 to 24.

There is serious competition in the NL for the award though – San Francisco’s Madison Bumgarner has won the last two. Last year, Bumgarner blasted five home runs while batting .247 (19-for-77).

JEe (Jason) Posted: December 19, 2015 at 05:40 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: bartolo colon, contract, mets, silver slugger

Monday, October 26, 2015

Matt Goldman: What’s Daniel Murphy Worth?

Happy Murphy Day!

With Murphy’s new stance, his ISO has increased dramatically, as well as his batted ball distances. From 2010-2014, the average distance on Murphy’s HR’s, fly balls, and line drives was 254.39 feet; this season, though, it rose to 269.95 feet.

It would seem that not only is Murphy deserving of a multi-year deal, but that the initial estimates of a contract worth $30 to $40 million might be shortchanging the second baseman. Over the last three years, he’s produced fWAR’s of 3.1, 2.5, and 2.5, respectively, and with the resurgence of his power, Murphy could easily be worth more in the future.

To be completely honest, when I began this article, there was a notably different tone. The title was meant to be “A plea to sanity: Don’t overspend on Daniel Murphy”, but it turned out that the sane conclusion was that he might very well be worth more than what he eventually signs for. While it likely would have been possible to keep the original angle for this article, it would have been disingenuous to ignore his statistics and the value that he’s provided in recent memory.

Murphy isn’t going to get a contract worth $100 million, but something in the range of four years and $60 to $75 million doesn’t seem outrageous. He’ll be 31 years old next season, and with Ben Zobrist as only other reasonable alternative to Murphy, there could very well be a bidding war for the second baseman’s services.

JEe (Jason) Posted: October 26, 2015 at 08:07 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: contract, daniel murphy, free agency, mets

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Which Yankees contract would you most like to move?

The Yankees can see the finish line on a number of long and expensive deals that have worked out with varying degrees of success. Lots of fans clamor for the team to move these bad deals all the time, dreaming of a team to come along and bail the Yankees out the way the Dodgers did for the Red Sox a few years ago. Deals like that aren’t commonplace, though, and expecting the Yankees to be able to shed undesirable contracts is usually a pipe dream. If a team did come along, however, wanting to rid the Yankees of one (and only one) of their contracts gone wrong, which player would you choose to move?

EvilBoWeevil Posted: October 14, 2015 at 03:58 PM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: contract, money, yankees

 

 

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