Of course, that $250,000 per year will be worth about $50,000 in today’s money in couple of decades.
I remember my dad telling me that when he was in law school (early 1950s) he and his friends agreed that if someone guaranteed them $10,000 a year for life, they’d be set.
Starter that would probably have been at AAA in 2024. Taken by the Guardians. 26, only 5'11". Probably a reliever if he makes it to the majors.
Not taken were:
Hudson Haskin, soon to be 25 year old outfielder with 60 speed, and the ability to put up a 360 OBP and a 800 OPS in both AA and AAA. 2nd round pick. Right handed bat who might be about to back up Mullins in center a some point in 2024. Doesn't have to be on 40 man but could be in ST. Coming off hip surgery that shorten his 2023. Poor arm and lack of power make him a bench player. But a good line drive hitter. Makes up for poor jumps and routes with his speed.
Maverick Handley, will be 26 years old in March catcher that could be the O's 3rd catcher in 2024. Had a 373 OBP at AAA last year. Good on the base paths. Strong arm. Threw out 34% of base stealer last year. Doesn't need to be on the 40 man but will be in ST. Had 9 errors in 2024 which is too high.
There are a few problems. One, Scott has regressed big time. He can't make shots at all. Young has a bit too, although he had a big game against Penn State. Those two need to score a lot if this team wants to do anything.
The team has zero depth. None of the freshmen have looked that good. Kaiser finally made some big shots tonight, but has struggled mightily. Same thing with Harris-Smith, he has struggled big time. We are counting on those two being impact players right away, and it doesn't look like they are. Lamothe doesn't get any playing time. There is no one off the bench that is good. Batchelor sort of sucks. Losing Martinez and Hart hurt a lot, they both brought energy and scoring. Long brings a little, but his game is limited.
The good news is the season is still young. The losses against Davidson and UAB were bad without a doubt. Aside from that they don't have any bad losses. If they had lost against Penn State at home, which they almost did, that would have been trouble.
Julian Reese looks to have improved a lot, I will say that. He is not good at the free throw line, but he is a monster rebounder and can score around the hoop.
Finally, 3 point shooting- they suck. Like really bad. Willard needs to recruit some shooters badly.
If the freshmen improve and Scott finds his game, this team will get better. But I don't have any large hopes for this year. If they make the tournament as an 8-10 that would be a small miracle.
Let us have our fun and hope for the worst possible outcome. Soto was DRS -4 and OAA -9 playing LF last year. We can only hope it gets even worse in NY. Surprisingly, his 35 homers show an expected home run total of only 27 if playing all games in Yankee Stadium. In old Yankee stadium they used to call LCF Death Valley. I guess it’s still kind of big out there. Good luck in NY, Juan. NOT!