Friday, September 27, 2013

The absurdity of Robinson Cano asking for a 10 year $305 million contract

That's the story ESPN's Buster Olney reported yesterday.  Now obviously when free agents sign new contracts they negotiate, so clearly Cano is starting with a ridiculous number to help swing the process in his favor.  Here's just how ridiculous it is:

  1. It would be the largest deal in baseball history.  Cano is a really good player, but he shouldn't be that guy.  Dustin Pedroia just took 8 years for $110 million, and it's obnoxious of Cano to think he's worth more than double what Pedroia is.
  2. Currently the most expensive contract ever is Alex Rodriguez's 10 years at $275 million, of which he still has four more years left to go.  The Yankees were hoping he'd get a lifetime ban for steroids to help get them out of that one.
  3. If that's not bad enough, look at the ten year deal Albert Pujols just signed, of which he still has 8 more to go at roughly $24 mil per year.  The 32 year old Pujols hit .258 with 17 home runs and 64 RBI's this season; have fun paying him when he's 40 Anaheim.
  4. Cano is 30, and a 10 year deal would probably land whoever signed him in the same boat as the Yankees with ARod and the Angels with Pujols, and that is not a boat anyone should ever want to be in again.
  5. Why ask for three hundred and five million?  Seriously?  That extra 5 just makes it all the more asinine.

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