It also helps control payroll. Look at what the Giant's did with Madison Bumgarner. They bought out his arbitration years and first year of free agency and will have cost certainty. Locking up an exception 22 year-old for the next five years for a max of $40 million with two club options is a smart move.
>You are 100% right. Tampa did it with Longo and Moore. It's a smart move on both parts. You get the guy cheap if he continues to develop, and the guy gets a payday that is guaranteed if he never pitches another inning.<
Wright had a bad 2009. A pretty good bounce back year in 2010, and then was hurt in 2011.
Not really declining. More like bad luck.
Sheeet happens in a career, if he has a great season i proclaim that he's back.
'If we could get Wright for 5 years and $40 million I would do it too...but talk of a contract even approaching $100 million is insane.'
here is why I don't mind signing a guy like wright long term.
hes not a pitcher, he impacts every game every day and unlike pitchers, is less likely to be hurt frequently...and even if he is hurt, he is more likely to recover from injuries and still be a good player...
also, hes not a power hitter or a speed hitter...hes just a great all around contact hitter with a little pop...knowledge of the strikezone will never leave a player and he can be good a long time from now...
lastly, so what if hes over paid at 38...everyteam has one of those guys...and id rather seem him here then bounce around like a journeyman for his last 3 yeears of his career...that would be sad...
If he keeps this pace up he will get 20 million.
If he cools down (probably), and bats. .300 on the season with 20 HR, 100 RBI he'll get much less.