"I’ll kind of have a foot on the back of my own butt. That’s just how I do things.” -- Bryan Price, 10/22/2013
From C-Trent's blog* Oh yeah, Dusty Baker said he'd talked to Yonder Alonso yesterday, just called him.
* One of my peeps e-mailed and said the Yonder Alonso talks are looking "very BAD right now"
Each minute with a deal, that 50/50 number that Jocketty put out there seems to go down.
Well, I haven't seen any confirmation on that 7 million deal for Posey. Every deal I've seen has been VERY close to slot. I doubt that the Reds would go anywhere close to that high. But then again, I think Alonso will sign for much cheaper than he's asking for...just holding off to the last minute to try to increase it. I'm sure he knows the risk of not signing just as well as the Reds do.
I saw this link...http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?...=.jsp&c_id=mlb...but I don't see that as confirmation...just rumors.
I wonder if the reds would go at about 60% of asking price which would be 4.2mil, maybe up it to 4.5 with the ML contract and say take it or leave it
Posey not a Giant ... yet
There were early reports by the San Jose Mercury News that Buster Posey and the Giants had all but officially agreed on a Major League deal worth $7.5 million. Not so, say the Giants. At least, not yet. "Stories reporting that we have signed Buster Posey are inaccurate. Negotiations are ongoing," said Bobby Evans, Giants director of player personnel.
That's kinda what I figured. If you take that "deal" out of the equation...then Alonso has no legs to stand on in regards to his dollar demands. Sure, he's still got the "going back to school" card to play, but that comes with it's inherant risks to say the least.
~from baseballamerica.com (free content)As reported earlier today, No. 4 overall pick Brian Matusz signed a major league deal with the Orioles. The deal, which runs from 2009-13, includes a $3.2 million bonus and $2.825 million in big league salaries. However, the contract apparently contains a split salary structures that would provide Matusz with minimal minor league salaries should he not be on the active big league roster.
MLB values the total guaranteed money in the contract at $3,472,500—or just $272,500 above the bonus amount. MLB views the net present value of the deal as $3,264,408.
Matusz was the 4th pick overall....I just don't see any chance that Alonso pulls in over 4 million. None.
The way Matusz's contract seems to be structured is sort of what the Cards did with Drew's way back when. I wouldn't be adverse to the Reds coming up with such a solution.
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This is the point in the negotiations where you make your best offer and walk away from the table. If he thinks he can do better, more power to him.
It's put up or shut up time for Alonso -- his choice now.
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