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2014 MLB Season Thread - Page 150

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Originally Posted by LawrenceMD View Post

why the hell is any team going to give Nick Swisher any more than 10million/year?! please god don't let it be the red sox.

 

Oh lawd if he goes to the Sox he will get an earful in right field in the Bronx.

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Busy winter meetings so far:

ARod out for 1/2 the season with a hip injury
Giants sign Angel Pagan
Mets thinking about trading Dickey
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The A-Rod controversy continues...

Maybe go cheap on catcher, rotating Stewart and Cervelli and go big on a bat like Hamilton? Hmmmm...
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flying hawaiian to the sawx... maybe it means they are going to dangle jacoby ellsubury as tradebait. if teams are willing to shell out 13mill/year on an average outfielder... then it means that teams are willing to sign nick swisher to even more kind of money as long as its less than 5 years.

there's a bit of collusion going on with player salaries now as to regards to length of contracts...
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The 2 of 3 years' World Series Champion Giants sign Marco Scutaro, and let Da Beard go. If only Melky had a brain in his head... Wonder what they'll do with Lincecum. My theory is that his motion blew out his arm..
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Michael Young to the Phil. Looks like Grienke is going to the Dodgers. For $150mil! Listen to this shit:
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And what does that mean? Only the Dodgers' accountants know for sure. But here is the mathematical portion of this equation, as best we can compute it:

• Zack Greinke is about to earn approximately $147 million through 2018.
• Adrian Gonzalez is owed $127 million through 2018.
• Carl Crawford is due $102.5 million through 2017.
• Matt Kemp has $108 million coming through 2019.
• Andre Ethier is owed $85 million through 2017.

Whew. Got that?

That comes to more than a half-billion dollars (about $569.5 million, in case your hard drive just blew up before it computed it). For five players. Five.

And guess what? They're not done.
Since winning the AL Cy Young Award in 2009, Zack Greinke is 41-25 (.621) with a 3.83 ERA.

Next up, the Dodgers plan -- or at least hope -- to sign yet another free-agent starter, with high-ticket items like Anibal Sanchez and Korean left-hander Ryu Hyun-jin at the top of the current shopping list. It's a good bet that whichever guy they sign, he'll be making slightly more money than Stephen Fife.

But hang on. After that, they still won't be done.

For their next trick, they can turn their checkbook's attention to making sure their very own homegrown Cy Young, Clayton Kershaw, gets his chunk of the Guggenheim Baseball Partners fortune. He's now only two years away from free agency. So pencil him in for another 150 million bucks or so.

And that means that when his deal is done, the Dodgers figure to be pushing three-quarters of a billion dollars owed to just seven players. Seven.

Wow. Is there someplace we can apply to be adopted by the Guggenheim folks?

So by the time the Kershaw contract hits the books, the Dodgers will be paying five different players more than $20 million a year. Even the Yankees have "only" three. How can that be?

Meanwhile, depending on how the Greinke contract is structured, the Dodgers' payroll for 2013 figures to be somewhere between $210 million and $220 million. And that, too, would boggle even the Steinbrenner family's minds.

The all-time record for any team's Opening Day payroll is $209 million, held by the 2008 Yankees. At this point, the chances of that record still standing, come April, appear to be right up there with the chances of Snooki joining the cast of "Downton Abbey."

Then again, said one baseball official last week as we were contemplating the heights to which this team's payroll might ascend, "wait 'til you see the TV deal."

Oh. Right. Thanks for reminding us. Last we checked in on the Dodgers' TV negotiations, they were negotiating a package with Fox that was said to be worth between $6 billion and $7 billion over the next 25 years.

When we crunched those numbers on our calculator app, it told us that would average out to at least $240 million in TV rights fees per year. Yep. We said per year. And no matter how you break that down, it comes to a lot of Dodger Dogs.

And a lot of Dodgers superstars.

So remember that, OK?, as this team's payroll continues to soar into the stratosphere -- and whatever "spheres" are beyond that. (The luxury-tax-o-sphere?)

Remember that because it's a reminder of something important: The only reason the Dodgers are spending all this dough is because they've got it -- and because they've got a lot more of it coming.

These aren't Frank McCourt's Dodgers anymore. Or the O'Malley family's Dodgers. Or any federal bankruptcy court's Dodgers. This is now one of the all-time sports behemoths. And apparently, it plans to flex its behemoth-ness whenever the time -- and the latest available free-agent icon -- is right.

As Dodgers GM Ned Colletti said in a piece we wrote on this team last month: "Everything is totally different now. Now we can think bold thoughts. Now we can do bold things. …

"Obviously," Colletti went on, "we've got to be wise with our choices. We can't be reckless. But now we're encouraged to think big, to think global -- if we see a toothpick, to think redwood tree."

Well, we think they just spotted another redwood, sprouting in the Chavez Ravine Forest.

And its name is Zack Greinke.
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Young to the Phils... Bringing on an over-the-hill .682 OPS hitter to 3rd base is not exactly the kind of move that's going to get them back into world-series shape.

Phillies need to gut their infield, Howard Utley and Rollins, before anything good starts happening.
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But can the Dodgers beat the Giants?
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Whelp, the hammer dropped. The Dodgers signed Grienke for 160 mil over 6. That's more money than Hammels got, and 2nd most EVER. EVAR! Fucking ridiculous. Then they signed some pitcher from Japan.
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BOOOOUK! I'm sick to my stomach plain.gif
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He belongs to the dark side now.....
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Very pleased with the Tigers acquisition of Tori Hunter. A solid player. And, just as important, he will be a visible member of the team in the community. Wherever he goes, Tori is active with local charities and is great with the press. His demeanor reminds me of Craig Monroe.

Brayan Pena will be a good back up catcher.

With the return of V Mart, things are looking very good.
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How are Yankees pitchers going to hit Youkilis if he's wearing pinstripes?!

 

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wow Angels not backing down from dodgers spending and land hamilton for waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyy too much money.

125mil/5 years? yikes!

still puljos + hamilton must be drool.gif for angels fans.

nice move too in directly striking the division rival by taking away their best player.
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