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Posnanski on the worst contracts in baseball


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http://joeposnanski.si.com/2011/10/11/the-worst-contracts-in-baseball/

Once again premium work.

If A-Rod could even remain the player he was in 2011 — assuming he could stay healthy long enough to play more than 99 games — then the Yankees would be OK. Sure, a third baseman hitting .276/.362/.461 isn’t worth $30 million a year or anything close. But he’s a good player. He’s about as good as any other third baseman, save a Longoria here, a Beltre there. But he won’t stay at that level, certainly not for another six years, maybe not even for another two years. And the Yankees will be stuck.
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I thought I'd quote this for JTrea and Amber:

But the truth is, if you look at those 10 most expensive contracts, well, would you want ANY of them? Ryan Braun just signed his deal, so if he stays healthy I suspect that one will look good for a long time. But that’s NINE YEARS. We don’t know who is going to be running for president in six months, how the heck are we going to know about Braun in nine years? The Crawford deal looks like a catastrophe. The Werth deal looks like a catastrophe.
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A lot of the huge contracts were signed for very long terms in order to keep the salaries from being even more outrageous. Teams made a bet that would work out better for them in the long run even if they eventually had to eat the out years. The bet was that either the player would actually stay great for the entire contract, or that inflation would mitigate the effective cost in the out years. But the inflation hasn't occurred because the national economy has been so sick.

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