2014 - 2018 Gausman was pretty valuable. He wasn't an ace by any means, but an average pitcher is worth a pretty penny in free agency. You obviously would like to hit big on a #1 or #2 pick, but an around-league-average starting pitcher ain't worth nothin'.
I agree with what you said here - but I think if we learned anything from the MASN Legal Jamberoo, it's that rich people don't really care what deal they signed. They'll yell, complain, and try to get things changed in court.
So, I don't think the owners are going to roll over and be like, "Aw shucks, we did sign that deal - you got us." They're going to keep negotiating and claim that circumstances changed, so the original deal isn't valid.
MLB and MLBPA need to stop negotiating in public. It's a bad look and is going to turn fans away.
Like I said before, I'm not sure anyone fully believed it was that big. They believe it's a thing, but just not that huge.
And truthfully, we're not usually comparing Molina to the worst ever. We're comparing him to his backups. And his primary backup that year was Ryan Hanigan who was +6 in 603 innings. So that's a small fraction of a run a game, and even less in a few innings of a save situation.
By Fangraphs' reckoning, in 2014 Jose Molina was +17 runs in framing in 628 innings. In 2008 Ryan Doumit was -63 runs in 909 innings.
That means that, per 1350 innings (9 x 150 games) the delta between those performances is +36 - (-94) = 130 runs or 13 wins. In Barry Bonds' best, most steroid-influenced season he was 12.7 wins above replacement for his batting + fielding + baserunning. So I guess if you compare him to Chris Davis' worst than the extremes of framing aren't quite as wide as everything else put together.
On this day in 1970 the Orioles last to the California Angels 3-2. Alex Johnson's 7th inning homerun off of Dick Hall proved to be the game winner.
Tom Phoebus started and lasted just 4.2 innings before being relieved by Marcelino Lopez and Hall. Phoebus finished with a line of: 5 H, 2 R (1 ER), 5 BB and 2 K.
Paul Blair went 3 for 4 with 1 run scored and Brooks Robinson went 1 for 4 with 1 double and 2 RBI.