Alex Rodriguez was on national television last week and said, "The owners are doing a great job limiting the players' salaries."
Whether he knows it or not, Rodriguez claimed that an illegal collusion was the result. But suppose the less vile is that the thought, not the collusion, overruns the industry. Again in this interview with ESPN, Rodriguez noted that since signing his 10-year pact, MLB's revenues have more than tripled from $ 252 million after the 2000 season to more than $ 10 billion. However, this pact is still the third largest ever given behind its 10-year follow-up of $ 275 million and Giancarlo Stanton's 13-year package of $ 325 million each. A player is in the face of financial growth of the game did not rise to a much higher payday. However, if there is a groupthink, it is also because A-Rod's industry has learned about the dangers of doing this long-term business.
Rodriguez was primarily productive during both packages, but the Rangers failed to win. After leaving the 2007 World Series to retire from the first deal, he was twice eliminated as a PED user during the second deal. He was suspended for a year and at least threatened to sue every major sports-related institution before he retired, and was released more than a year from the treaty.
He reminded the frontoffices of the pitfalls of long marriages, especially to players who do not know them well. Now, since the Yankees had Stanton for a year, would they repeat the same trade that binds him to the franchise by 2027? I would not bet.
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I just do not see Scott Boras doing anything with Harper in the short term, but I'm wondering if Machado could be fooled into offering $ 35 million to a high bidder with a one-year contract? Why This Might Be Useful:
Machado representative Dan Lozano made a statement two weeks ago stating that White Sox's reports, which are $ 175 million for seven years, are "completely wrong" were. Nevertheless, Lozano / Machado have heard nothing they want or otherwise Machado almost certainly signed.
When Machado signed a one-year deal, he next returned to a market for freelance agents that could include Nolan Arenado, Josh Donaldson and Anthony Rendon. Xander Bogaerts and Didi Gregorius. Nevertheless, Machado would only have played his 26-year season in 2019 and would be younger than anyone else in the group, with the exception of Bogaerts, who is three months younger. So I suspect that, subject to a catastrophic injury (which is a small risk), he would again receive $ 175 million in bids for at least seven years, a total of eight years at $ 210 million if he spent a year Could reach 35 million dollars deal. Many basketball players do short-term business in a physically demanding sport (think of Kevin Durant this year) to better control their near future.
2. Can he make that deal? I think that the three teams that are known to be interested – Padres, Phillies and White Sox – would do anything to avoid a long-term risk. It could actually be a way for Philadelphia (at least in 2019) to have Machado and Harper. But the Cardinals should definitely be there, and also the Angels (team with Mike Trout). Heck, one can cite the case that small clubs like the Pirates and Rays should be involved.
I actually had two people representing players raising the idea of Japan for a season. Could you find an owner there who would like to expand his name internationally and offer $ 40 million or more? Would this embarrassing MLB leave one of its big aged elders for a year? And unlike a major league team, a Japanese team Machado can not rely on Machado after the season.
3. What about the Yankees? That was Machado's preferred destination. I do not think the Yankees are biting 2019. My suspicion is that the Yankees' internal data projections are already a win over 95, and a Machado signing would easily throw them over the highest luxury. Tax penalty threshold.
But even if he signed for a year elsewhere, Machado would see if Miguel Andujar can actually hold the third base if Gregorius goes down as a free agent the season and if Troy Tulowitzki has anything left. In other words, the Yanks may find themselves in a different situation next season, although they have a chance to win Arenado, whom they like better.
Also, the Players Association and the MLB offers one year to spend time talking about countless topics, including more motivated teams. I continue to believe that this is not just a trade union problem. MLB is hurting that there are so many negative discussions in public on various topics, including the refusal to pay stars.
4. If Machado's field is actually just Padres, Phillies, and White Sox-three teams he's probably worried about becoming involved with for a long time-he'll get a one-year look at one of them that knows for sure. More importantly, if Machado's offerings are stifled by his unattractive October – lack of hustle and bustle, stupid comments about lack of hustle and bustle and at least cross-border grunt play – he'll get a year to do what he can not accomplish in that one month. His most persistent Behavior to show that he is worth tons of long-term dollars.
Essentially, the one-year $ 23 million deal Donaldson signed with Atlanta was similar, just to show he could stay healthy. He could come back next season and try to big to score. Donaldson, however, is seven years older than Machado.
5. Any $ 34.42 million contract would make Machado the annual average (perhaps only until Harper signs it). It's something he can take out of this process if he does not get the long-term dollars, a potential saver, if the deals are actually in the seven-year term of $ 175 million.