Originally Posted by SpringfieldFan
Probably a non factor but how will management deal with bringing in pitchers that are inferior to Harang and paying them more than Harang, if last years free agency was any idicator on the price of pitching? Wouldn't Silva be making maybe 8-9 mil compared to Harangs 4-6 mil?
Well, that's a perpetual risk a player takes when he signs on long-term. He understands that he may be giving up some money in favor of stability.
Milton was making more than Harang too. It's not an ideal situation, but it happens, and it's going to happen more and more with the market the way it is. Management is not going to be able to let that be a factor; unfortunate maybe, but it's just the reality of the situation. (This isn't to say there aren't many other reasons not to sign Carlos Silva at $9 million a year...just addressing that one question.)
edit: Just looked it up, FYI, Harang's deal is as follows: he made $4.25 million this past year and stands to make $6.75 million in 08, $11 million in 09, $12.5 million in 10, and $12.75 million in 11. a couple of incentives in his contract as well. So the $4-6 million is very much a temporary figure anyway.