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Monday, March 26, 2018

Scott Kingery and the Problem of the Prisoner’s Dilemma | FanGraphs Baseball

Never listen to the people.

There are two things in baseball that really pique my interest: rules and things that have never happened before. The Kingery extension is an example of the latter. This is something new, and that makes it interesting. What makes it doubly interesting is how my Twitter feed populated immediately after news of this deal had percolated through the interwebs for a time. People seemed to have one of two reactions:

1) Kingery signed a below-market deal just to avoid starting in the minors and having his service time manipulated, and therefore this contract is a joke.
2) The Phillies paid too much money to a guy who hasn’t shown anything (literally) at the big-league level yet, and therefore this contract is a joke.

The People seem to agree that the contract is a joke, but can’t quite agree on why. And both points can’t be true: if the contract is a joke because it’s a gross overpay, then it can’t also be a joke because it pays too little. And this got me thinking about the prisoner’s dilemma.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 26, 2018 at 02:38 PM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, scott kingery

Scott Kingery signs 6-year deal with Phillies | MLB.com

The Phillies and Kingery signed a six-year, $24 million contract Sunday that will carry him through the 2023 season and includes club options for ‘24-‘26 that could make the deal worth $65 million, a source told MLB.com. If Kingery becomes a superstar like the Phillies believe he will, it will be a marvelous, club-friendly deal. Kingery, meanwhile, just became set for life. Kingery’s teammates? They believe they just got a whole lot closer to their postseason dreams.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 26, 2018 at 05:49 AM | 41 comment(s)
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