"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
I just don't think anyone considers Lohse an ace.. Although maybe the Cardinals end up resigning him for big money on multiple years since he's important to their rotation.
It just seems that teams are more leary of giving big multiyear deals to above average (ie non-ace) pitchers..
BJ Upton ought to think it over too.. If he accepts arb, maybe Tampa is forced to give him a multiyear deal and trade him.. Surely Tampa does not want him to accept..
Thank you Walt and Bob for bringing winning baseball back to Cincy
Nov. 13, 2007: One of the greatest days in Reds history: John Allen gets the boot!
Keep in mind that all MLB contracts are guaranteed, so an argument could easily be made that a 2/14m contract is a better offerthan a 1/13.3m one. All it takes is one freak injury, a severe underperformance, or something else (all of which end up happening every season) to make accepting arbitration offers a big mistake.