Wednesday, September 10, 2014
The Marlins plan to offer MVP candidate Giancarlo Stanton the most lucrative contract in franchise history. Even if they can’t reach an agreement on a long-term contract extension this winter, the Marlins insist they will keep Stanton through at least the 2015 season, vowing to build a championship club around him.
They have control of Stanton through the 2016 season. After that, free agency could make him could make him baseball’s first $300 million player.
The Marlins hope to strike before that can happen.
“He’s the leader of this franchise,’’ Marlins president David Samson tells USA TODAY Sports. “We always knew the talent he had, but what he’s done this year, playing every day, he’s the definition of a game-changer.
“We call him a no-food player. A no-bathroom player. When he comes to the plate, nobody leaves their seat.
“There’s no question he’s the MVP of this league.’‘
I think you can trust them. Just ask Jose Reyes.
Monday, August 04, 2014
Its “Adam and EVE” not “Adam and Christopher”!
The Yankees backed out of a seven-figure signing agreement with a 16-year-old Dominican shortstop, according to the player’s trainer, but the team says there was never a deal in place.
Dominican shortstop Christopher Torres, according to his trainer Orlando Mazara, reached an oral agreement in October 2013 to sign with the Yankees for a $2.1 million bonus, with the understanding that Torres would officially sign when he became eligible on July 2. Instead, Mazara said the Yankees told Torres’ camp in June they would not be signing him, leaving Torres unsigned with other teams having spent their budgets on other players.
“The kid was crying,” Mazara said. “His family, they were upset because they broke their word. They broke everything.”
Yankees vice president Mark Newman denied that the Yankees ever had a deal in place with Torres, a switch-hitter listed by MLB as 6 feet, 170 pounds.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Here’s a great look at the Singleton extension.
If anything, perhaps, the Singleton extension really marks the latest instance of a general trend away from formulaic contractual models. His deal opens new doors, especially, for players who did not have the opportunity to capture downside protection at their point of entry into the professional ranks, at which time they immediately become subject to the limitations of the reserve clause (as expressed in the collectively bargained Basic Agreement). There are potentially other, yet more creative options as well, such as private insurance (assuming it could be had by a prospect at a reasonable rate) or even public investment. But all players and teams will not pursue such a path; indeed, several of Singleton’s teammates (and others) have declined the opportunity, while some (if not most) clubs will remain largely uninterested in making such early commitments.
History teaches us that, even at his relatively exalted place in the eyes of the game as a top-100 prospect, Singleton was not assured of cashing in on his talent until he decided to forego the chance of becoming the next Fielder. That he chose to do so should have relatively minimal impact on those other players who have the means and desire to bear the inherent risk of transitioning from top prospect to established major league player.
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