Baseball Crank
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February 4, 2008
BASEBALL: Time Equals Money

David Pinto makes a very incisive point about Curtis Granderson's new contract, signed well in advance of Granderson's eligibility for free agency (like those of David Wright and Jose Reyes):

It strikes me that these deals are going to end up distorting the free agent market. By keeping these players until they are starting their decline phases, not only are teams saving money now, they're saving their fellow owners money later. A 32-year-old free agent just isn't (or shouldn't be) worth the save as a 28-year-old with the same skills.

This, of course, was why A-Rod's original deal was so enormous - not just because A-Rod's so good, but because he went on the market at age 25. (As an aside, it irritates me that rational GMs take away the lesson from that that they should keep guys like him in the minors longer, to the detriment of the game. Free agent eligibility should be based on age, not big-league experience).

Posted by Baseball Crank at 7:01 PM | Baseball 2008 | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

I think the Granderson deal is likely to be one of the best deals in recent memory for a team.

Posted by: Dr. Manhattan at February 5, 2008 1:21 PM
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