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February 1, 2008
BASEBALL: The Santana Contract

Cerrone says 6 years, $137.5 million. It's a huge deal and risky to pay a pitcher that much, but if anybody's worth it, Santana is.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 8:58 PM | Baseball 2008 | Comments (8) | TrackBack (0)

Worth every penny and all the risk -- it erases 07 and puts a WS within possible reach. I am over the moon!

Now if only my vote on Tuesday was as simple....

Posted by: Rory at February 1, 2008 9:21 PM

Are you serious? Over 20 MILLION a year? Until he's 35? For a pitcher?

Outrageous. That would be akin to paying a certain SS (or 3B nowadays) that kind of money for 10 years.

NYC, you all just dug another 2 feet in the grave that is MLB.

Posted by: Dave at February 1, 2008 9:35 PM

With these contracts, the whole deal, really, is whether the player performs in the first couple of years. Normally, inflation will make the back end not so painful, if you've gotten some big seasons (and hopefully a parade) in the first few seasons.

Posted by: Jerry at February 1, 2008 10:14 PM

ESPN is reporting 7 years, $150 million. A lot of money, but doubt the Mets will ever regret making that deal.

Posted by: wd at February 2, 2008 10:05 AM

A lot of money for a pitcher. If he stays healthy he MAY be worth it. It will be a big load to carry for a player who has not dealt with the pressure of playing in NY. What is the media going to be like if he has 2-3 bad starts in April? That is what will show if he is worth the money. If he can deal with the pressure, which will be more than he ever imagined (just ask ARod), he will be fine and the Mets are set.

Posted by: maddirishman at February 2, 2008 10:41 AM

Cheap when you think about it. Steinbrenner knew what he was doing. They both own a cable network, and the economics are totally different. Which is why John Wayne and Michael Jackson made so much. Besides, what the press never gets is that player contracts are subject to rapid depreciation, so those first five years is an enormous relief. Which is the real reason owners don't want to go over that length of contract. Don't forget what the insurance premium on him must be too. A large deduction in several ways. Plus the opportunity to sell their station to so many more subscribers, not to mention internationally, plus the jersey sales, also international.

From a pure baseball sense, it's a good deal, from a business sense, it's a great deal.

Posted by: Daryl Rosenblatt at February 2, 2008 11:08 AM

Who is this Santana character? Does he kick for the Giants? What a game! The pass rush was supreme, the defense dominated one of the greatest offenses we have ever seen. Wow.

Posted by: abe at February 3, 2008 10:13 PM

Belichek was out coached and Brady was outplayed. Passing on the FG attempt was an error, and Tom is has not been hit in the mouth that often since his Ann Arbor days.

Posted by: abe at February 3, 2008 10:24 PM
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