Originally Posted by RedsManRick
This is why the Reds gave Joey Votto a 10 year extension. In a few years, $20MM/yr is going to look awfully cheap.
ARod signed his massive contract back in 2001, 11 years ago. From that point most of the top dollar contracts have stayed stagnant. You would have expected inflation to kick in, but Joey Votto will make similar money to the contract ARod signed 11 years ago.
For the most part MLB execs have gotten smarter, almost NFL like. They are signing their good young players to contracts early. Each and every team can afford to spend top dollar on their young talent. Just look at what they Rays did with Longoria, a $20M/season guy now. IMO its fools gold now to chase championships. The Yankees succeeded on time in doing it. Most good teams now are built from within with good young players. The Dodgers will be a case study going forward on how easy it is to "buy" a championship. If they succeed then you may see the Yankees and Red Sox open up their pocket books. If the Dodgers struggle I think you will see most teams operate the way they have over the past 5 years or so.