"All I can tell them is pick a good one and sock it." --BABE RUTH
Having better players makes "the right time" or "the big hit" happen a lot more often. PLUS PLUS
Maybe I'm mis-remembering, but these types of deals seem kind of cyclical to me, because of how short sighted organizations can be. Again I could be totally wrong, but it seemed like about a eight to ten years ago, lots of teams were willing to give any pitcher that showed any ability a massive contract. (Eric Milton, Chan Ho Park) A lot of teams got burnt on those long term contracts and it seemed like owners tended towards caution in long contracts for several years after, being much more selective with who they gave them to. When the Tigers are hamstrung by mediocre production from Sanchez at a ridiculous price in a year or two, owners will take heed.
I may not be fast, but I sure am slow.
"Iíll kind of have a foot on the back of my own butt. Thatís just how I do things.Ē -- Bryan Price, 10/22/2013
I doubt there is anything performance altering with his elbow. This likely will just result in the back end of the deal being restructured a bit to allow the Ms to mitigate risk associated with giving a pitcher such a long contract.
"This isnít stats vs scouts - this is stats and scouts working together, building an organization that blends the best of both worlds. This is the blueprint for how a baseball organization should be run. And, whether the baseball men of the 20th century like it or not, this is where baseball is going."---Dave Cameron, U.S.S. Mariner
Deal is official. 7yr/$175MM with new "minor concessions" in regards to the health of his elbow.