Saturday, November 18, 2006


This has been a truly strange offseason so far for one reason. It shouldn't be a surprise -- first the Cards won the Series handily, David Eckstein won the Series MVP and the owners reached a deal rather easily with the MLBPA.

But I'm still floored by the Bosox paying a very Steinbrenner-like $51 million for the right to negotiate with Scott Boras over the Seibu Lions pitching star Daisutsu Matsuzaka. It's as if the Theo Epstein and John Henry believe this guy will be Sandy Koufax, Bob Gibson and Juan Marichal rolled into one. Speculation seems to be he'll agree to something like $15 million to $20 million a year. No wonder mediocre guys like Matt Morris, Jeff Weaver and Kris Benson -- guys who are middle of the rotation at best -- can pull down $8 million and $9 million a year and Jason Schmidt, with his 11 wins, is looking for a lot more than that.

Tim Marchman of the New York Sun has an interesting take in the same direction. The SF Chronicle is doing its usual useless job of coverage, saying only that Giants are considering all their options and noting that Ted Lilly is available for 4 years at $8 million, Carlos Lee is going for 6 years for $80 million and Soriano is seeking 7 years at $120 million.

Frankly, at those prices, a one-year deal for Bonds at $15 million looks like a bargain.


Blogger frank said...

I also think those big numbers provide the reason no one is signing yet. Helms signed with the Phillies for a reasonable number. I thought Thomas got a hell of a lot from Toronto. I have heard a few comments from GMs that the asking prices are crazy. So, I for one am glad the Giants are not jumping into this market with both feet.

10:43 AM  
Blogger Big D said...

Very good point, Frank. Sabena's MO has often been to let the big spenders go first to help set overall values and eliminate some of the competition for the guys he wants.

Still, it feels like the bar has been raised for everyone.

2:37 PM  
Blogger Big D said...

I meant Sabean, not Sabena the Belgian airline, in that last comment.

2:38 PM  

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