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Thursday, December 15, 2016

The 25 Worst Contracts In Baseball

24. Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers. Four years, $131 million guaranteed; four years, $135 million possible (through age 32)
23. Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels. Four years, $119 million (through age 28)

Kershaw will make more than $30 million this year, with an opt-out after 2018; and Trout’s salary jumps up over $33 million a year in 2018, making it the richest contract ever signed by a player with less than three years of service time. Both of them will be able to sign at least one more record-breaking deal before they’re done.

And they’re still underpaid.

Given the economics of baseball, we can only fathom so many levels of stardom — Kershaw’s making about as much as David Price over the length of his deal, because a no. 1 starter apparently has a certain value. Except Kershaw’s way better than Price, and indeed every other pitcher in baseball; the same goes for Trout and position players. Not only should Kershaw make 75 percent more than (not to pick on Rick Porcello, but) Rick Porcello because he’s 75 percent better; he deserves a premium because there are at least a dozen pitchers in baseball like Porcello, but nobody else like Kershaw.

Considering the cost of a win on the free-agent market (between $8 million and $9 million), plus a premium for the scarcity of such players, these guys would probably be making in excess of $80 million a year if they were compensated fairly.

Jose is El Absurd Pollo Posted: December 15, 2016 at 04:24 PM | 33 comment(s)
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Monday, December 05, 2016

Nationals Taken Aback by Bryce Harper Contract Demands

I can’t imagine that Bryce is a great singer so it’s no surprise that they balked at this record deal.

Harper, according to the executive, is asking for a record deal that will exceed 10 years in length, and likely pay him in excess of $400 million.

Agent Scott Boras says the only active negotiations of late have involved a one-year deal in 2017. Harper, who made $5 million last season, is eligible for salary arbitration, and Boras seemed mystified by the Nationals’ stance.

Bote Man Posted: December 05, 2016 at 03:59 PM | 67 comment(s)
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