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Sunday, September 22, 2019

Cubs are living to regret Craig Kimbrel’s $43 million contract

Over his first nine seasons in Major League Baseball, no moment seemed too big for Craig Kimbrel.

The flame-throwing closer dominated in stints with the Atlanta Braves, San Diego Padres and Boston Red Sox, racking up 333 saves, 868 strikeouts and seven All-Star appearances.

It’s been a different story in 2019.

The now 31-year-old veteran hasn’t just looked human on the hill. He’s looked overwhelmed. As if there were no answers as to why his dominance has disappeared after signing a three-year, $43 million contract with the Chicago Cubs back in May.

Is it just me, or does that title have somewhat unfortunate implications?

 

QLE Posted: September 22, 2019 at 12:18 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: contracts, craig kimbrel, cubs

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Vin Scully’s 1st Broadcasting Contract with Brooklyn Dodgers for Sale at Auction

Baseball fans can own Vin Scully’s first contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers.

SCP Auctions listed the contract with a starting bid of $4,000 (h/t TMZ Sports).

In a letter dated Dec. 23, 1949, Scully wrote to Dodgers president Branch Rickey, outlining his expectations upon taking over as a Dodgers’ radio and television broadcaster. He asked for a salary of $100 weekly in 1950 and raises of $6,000 and $7,500 for each of the next two years.

Rickey signed the second page of the letter, certifying he agreed to the terms.

It turns out that Branch Rickey was just as cagey with his contracts for off-field personnel as he was for players.

 

QLE Posted: September 12, 2019 at 04:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: contracts, vin scully

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Why Bryce Harper is rooting for Mookie Betts to beat his $330 million deal

For three weeks during spring training, Bryce Harper was the owner of Major League Baseball’s richest contract ever.

Now the 26-year-old outfielder is hoping he’ll be third on that list come opening day 2021 after offering a ringing endorsement for soon-to-be free agent Mookie Betts of the Boston Red Sox.

Speaking to NBC Sports Boston this week, Harper made it clear that he includes Betts among the league’s elite class of players. He’s hopeful the 2018 American League MVP will be recognized and paid as such when or even before he’s slated to hit free agency.

The answer seems obvious to me- but, then again, I am not one to court popularity….

 

QLE Posted: August 22, 2019 at 06:22 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, contracts, dollah dollah bills, y'all, mookie betts

Saturday, April 27, 2019

How big contract has impacted Xander Bogaerts

“It might be a peace of mind,” he said. “One thing I’ve noticed is that it hasn’t changed the competitiveness. Sometimes you get all that money and you might think you can play relaxed. I think it has actually more like making sure you want to do things to help your team. You feel a bigger responsibility but in a good way. Not adding pressure. But I haven’t had the feeling that I’m good, I’m set….

After just a few days of uneasiness at the end of spring training due to contract negotiations—(“It was little bit nerve-wracking at the end when it was crunch-time,” he said)—Bogaerts has simply seemed like a player who is evolving in the manner befitting one of the club’s pieces of its foundation. For that, he feels his newfound certainty should get at least some of the credit.

 

Jose is Absurdly Unemployed Posted: April 27, 2019 at 09:31 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: contracts, red sox

Sunday, April 14, 2019

MLB Rumors: Here are Craig Kimbrel’s latest contract demands

The 2019 MLB season is in full swing, and Craig Kimbrel still doesn’t have a team.

It’s bizarre seeing one of the best closers of all time still on the market, especially when you consider the number of teams in need of bullpen help. But according to Jim Bowden of The Athletic, Kimbrel’s asking price remains far too high. As recently as late March, the 2018 World Series Champion has asked for a five-year deal worth approximately $100 million.

Bowden writes:

“When the market didn’t develop for Kimbrel like [Kimbrel’s agent David Meter] thought it would, he stuck to his guns and, even as late as March, was still seeking a five-year pact in the $100 million range.  It was a clear miscalculation of Kimbrel’s true market value, and not consistent with the actual offers or ranges teams had given him.”

I’m disappointed- I was hoping for him to be making truly strange demands, like for a helicopter, or to be always followed around in the clubhouse by two uniformed menservants.

QLE Posted: April 14, 2019 at 07:10 AM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: contracts, craig kimbrel, hot stove

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Red Sox Extend Xander Bogaerts (6/$120m)

Just a week after locking up free-agent-to-be Chris Sale with a five-year extension, the Red Sox secured long-term control over another member of their core Monday when they announced a six-year extension with shortstop Xander Bogaerts.  The deal reportedly guarantees Bogaerts $120MM from 2020-25 and contains a vesting option for the 2026 season.  The vesting option is reportedly worth another $20MM and would kick in if Bogaerts made 535 plate appearances in 2025.  Bogaerts, a client of the Boras Corporation, is also said to have received an opt-out provision after the 2022 season.

As Dan Szymborski points out Bogaerts probably left a lot of money on the table. ZiPS has Bogaerts being worth ~200m over the seven years the contract might cover if Bogaerts doesn’t opt out and the vesting option kicks in.


Monday, April 08, 2019

Boras: Young stars getting trapped, lowballed with ‘snuff contracts’

Super agent Scott Boras has chimed in on a contract extension trend that has swept across MLB, one he doesn’t think is good for players - especially young stars.

Boras believes that contracts - like ones that Alex Bregman, Eloy Jimenez, and Ronald Acuna signed over the last few weeks - belie players’ value and won’t allow them to test free agency until they’re in their 30s, at which point they won’t be able to get long-term deals.

“Great, young players are getting what I call ‘snuff contracts,’” Boras told Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times. “And a snuff contract is that they’re trying to snuff out the market. They know the player is a great player, and he’s exhibited very little performance.

I thought MLB was campaigning against smokeless tobacco usage….

 

QLE Posted: April 08, 2019 at 09:48 AM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: contracts, scott boras

Sunday, April 07, 2019

German Márquez, Rockies agree to $43M, five-year contract

DENVER — Hard-throwing righty German Márquez and the Colorado Rockies have agreed to a $43 million, five-year contract.

Colorado unilaterally renewed Márquez last month for a one-year deal paying $565,000 — $10,000 above the minimum — while in the major leagues and $275,000 while in the minors.

His new contract calls for a $1.5 million signing bonus, payable within 30 days of the deal’s approval by the commissioner’s office, and salaries of $1 million this year, $4.5 million in 2020, $7.5 million in 2021, $11 million in 2022 and $15 million in 2023. Colorado has a $16 million option for 2024 with a $2.5 million buyout.

Any thoughts concerning this contract?

 

QLE Posted: April 07, 2019 at 03:45 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: contracts, german marquez, rockies

 

 

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