Originally Posted by IslandRed
There's no rule that says teams have to give guaranteed multi-year contracts to anyone. That's just how the market for free agents has played out.
Also, it might make more sense for a team to offer a player a 4 year/ $40 million guaranteed contract instead of a contract which pays him $20 million/year, nonguaranteed.
Look how much Clemens makes going year to year.
The players are willing to trade some cash for the longterm guarantee. That helps the owners as well.
Thank you Walt and Bob for going for it in 2012 AND 2013!
Nov. 13, 2007: One of the greatest days in Reds history: John Allen gets the boot!