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— A Timely Look at Transactions as They Happen
Monday, April 07, 2008
Diamondbacks - Signed Young
Arizona Diamondbacks - Signed CF Chris Young to a 5-year contract believed to be worth $30 million.
The free agent market continues to mature - whereas teams have really gotten the hang of non-tendering arbitration-eligible players that aren’t even worth the club’s number, they’re now generally getting more aggressive at locking up the players they want to keep while they still have the most leverage. I think it’s going to be awhile until we start seeing successfully turning their teams around in the free agent market, at least until the pendulum swings the other way and teams start overvaluing their young players and undervaluing free agents.
Young’s 2007 was a mild disappointment, but he was playing below his talent level that both stats and scouts agreed he had. With solid defense, Young’s a major star if he hits .280 and even hitting .230, he should bring enough power and defense to be a net positive for $5 million a year. Thumbs up. These types of deals, even when they go bad, are almost never crippling.
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