Soriano's contract today represents more than just an insane amount of money paid to a ballplayer.
Baseball is flush. There can be no more denying it. This is just the most visible sign we've seen.
The speed and ease with which the owners and players union reached agreement on the CBA speaks volumes. They know they've got a good thing going, and for once they decided not to kill the goose that lays the golden eggs.
And there's plenty more money on the horizon. MLB is expanding its reach into other countries and other marketing opportunities. The internet and pay per view may be the biggest untapped resource yet for the future.
For many years, the balance swung back and forth between the owners crying poor and the players crying foul. Now it looks like there's so much money in the game to be had that they all make out like bandits.
Contracts signed in the last couple of years are looking much better now with numbers being tossed around like the Soriano deal. Kind of like buying a house in a hot market. What seems like a big payment today will seem pretty reasonable in a couple of years of appreciation in the marketplace.
For those who think the salaries are driving ticket prices upward, that's just not the way it works. Each franchise charges what they think their market will allow, regardless of their payroll.
And I've always been of the opinion that the players should be the recipients of any such windfalls. Nobody pays to see the owners. I'm all for them making a fair profit, but it's still a players game and the average career is far too short.
So, buckle up your seatbelts. We're going to see numbers that were previously thought impossible in the next few years, IMO.