Originally Posted by Crumbley
Great, great, great deal for the Cubs.
I think this is an incredible deal for the Cubs. They just bought many of what should be his best years at an annual salary well below the median for the position in the game. The data points we know about at the moment - his age, his demeanor, his physical attributes, his track record to this point - suggest that he will definitely outplay the money. And if he doesn't and, worst case, the Cubs have to eat the salary? The $6MM or so hardly cripples a budget like the Cubs. Indeed the whole contract is about two years of Votto/Pujols/Howard/Tex/etc. - those teams, including the Reds, are the ones with the bigger risks.