Originally Posted by mth123
I think your numbers for Encarnacion are off by about $3.5 Million bucks.
Where are you getting that figure from? You have to have 3 years of service time to be arb eligible, and according to Cot's Baseball Page he only has a little over 2 years after the '08 season. Now they still have to offer him a contract for '09; but knowing this FO he'll get a modest raise most likely for '09, and then deal with him after the season.
Some of the other numbers you inject are probably true. So we're still looking somewhere in the area of the low 70's as far as committed monies so far.
I'd love to see them get rid of the Cordero contract, which they can't do till after the '09 season thanks to a no-trade clause. I'm still amazed (and appalled) at the contract we gave this guy. 12M/yr for the next three years.
As far as other big money contracts that end after the '09 season, you got Hernandez and Gonzo. After the '10 season, you're looking at Harang, Arroyo, Taveras, Lincoln, Rhodes.
It's one of the reasons why I'm not so hard on Jocketty, because he wasn't here and had nothing to do with guaranteed contracts. I'm not saying they are al bad contracts, but only that they are still committed monies
on the books that he can do little about unless he is able to work out a trade somewhere.
And right now the climate (attitude) is that teams are holding fast onto their propects for the most part, which is usually a keymark part of the demand in most trade scenarios. So if you're unwilling to part with prospects in order to make a trade, then that only leaves you with the avenue of spending on the FA market.
I fully agree that this FO - and again the finger of blame shoud go to Bob C and the other owners - when it comes to wisely spending their money, and getting the most "bang" for their bucks. When the highest paid player on your team is the closer then IMHO something is askewer.
Jocketty, IMHO, is in a scenario right now that I don't think he ever faced while with the Cards. Especially when it comes to a FO management.
Of course if he gets frustrated and leaves - because he only has a gentleman's agreement with Bob - then that leaves us with Bavasi as the back-up.
Now someone tell me there isn't something wrong with the thinking (approach) of this current FO? How is it better then the former?