I beg to differ, at least partially, from Sax. Great minds don't always think alike. And in this case, neither do ours. Please allow me to explain my reasoning:
Now, McCourt-bashing may be addictive, often deserved, and good for the soul, but he obviously understands the time value of money. After all, that's precisely why the deferrals are in there to begin with, right? So let's look at his latest offer as objectively and hyperbole-free as possible, and I think you might see it's not an idiot's spawn after all (the shadiness with how it was communicated in the initial press release, on the other hand, may have been).
Specifically, let's compare this latest offer to the two other relevant offers:
- The original 2-year $45 million offer (with no player option) made back in November, and
- The 'phantom' 2-year $45 million offer without deferred payments that McCourt apparently wanted us to believe he made.
And to make sure we're not pulling a Plaschke by passing judgment based on misinformation, let's establish the facts on each offer up front (please verify and correct if necessary, and I will recalculate):November Offer:
- $15 million in 2009
- $22.5 million + 7.5 million in 2010
- No player exit option
- $25 million in 2009
- Player option for $20 million more in 2010
- $10 million in 2009, and...
- He can exit, in which case he gets paid $15 million more sometime between 2010 to 2013; or
- He can stay, in which case he gets $35 million more, as follows:
- $10 million in 2010
- $10 million in 2011
- $10 million in 2012
- $5 million in 2013
Are we all in agreement so far?
Now, two more things before we NPV these bad boys to determine their true present value:
- I don't know what discount rate Boras is using to come up with his valuations, but thanks to a heads up from commenter ken, we'll use the fed's official risk-free rate of 3.8%.
- I'm assuming payments are made at the beginning of each year. Don't know if this is true, but as long as this assumption is used across all three offers, it's apples-to-apples.
So here we go:
- November Offer value: $43.9m
- Phantom Offer value: $44.3m
- Actual Offer value: $42.2m. If Manny's tax rate increases from 35% to 39.6% after 2010, this reduces the equivalent pre-tax value to around $40.6m*.
So this tells me that:
- The Actual Offer is worth around $2.1 to $3.7 million less (depending on what happens with tax rates) than what Frank might have been hoping we'd believe (i.e., the Phantom offer). Shame on you Frank if you thought you could invoke the "I did all I could" card without fans understanding the deferred payment impacts. While I personally think you've already done more than you should to sign Manny, don't misrepresent what had been offered.
- On the other hand, the analysis also tells me that, when contrasted with the November Offer, McCourt is essentially offering a player's option exit clause in exchange for $1.7 to $3.3 million (again, depending on tax rate changes). Considering there are no other serious bidders, it seems very reasonable to me (hey, if the Giants or anyone else wants to pay what Boras wants, be my guest).
In anycase, Frank, please stand pat and don't capitulate to Boras' latest counteroffer. Why let him dictate terms when he has no leverage? You know what I want you to do. Nonetheless, I know emotion usually trumps all, so I suspect Kelly Clarkson and I will be met with a lot of disagreement. Let's hear it.*offer is worth approx $24 million if he exits after 2009, depending on when the additional $15 million is paid.