Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Bank Holliday

The Cardinals have signed Matt Holliday, who turns 30 next week, to a seven-year, $120 million contract. The Mets just signed 31-year-old Jason Bay to a four-year, $66-million deal that could vest to $80 million over five years. Will these deals prove to be good investments or eventual albatrosses?




12 comments:

Steve Sax said...

If I were a Cardinals fan, I'd feel like I just got hit in the nuts (by a catchable fly ball).

Dusty Baker said...

I just don't get this. Cards have mostly been prudent buyers over the years, but they're breaking the bank for Nutsack? I mean, he's a darned good player and all, but it sure limits this medium-market team in terms of what else it can do, including the fact that now (I'm pretty sure - but check me) Pujols is paid less. So that will have to be rectified. And oh by the way, the need SP and relief pitching still.

Josh S. said...

I love this:

"Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated reports (via Twitter) that if Holliday finishes in the top-10 in MVP voting in 2016, his vesting option would be worth $17MM for 2017."

But if aliens have landed and we're all driving flying cars, it will only be worth $15 million.

J. Steve said...

I can't believe teams are still offering 7 year contracts. Especially when there are no other apparent bidders...

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

That vesting clause is one of the weirdest I've seen.

Orel said...

This Claus vest is one of the weirdest I've seen.

Neeebs said...

Both are bad deals in the long term. After two years they will have buyers remorse. I'd not sign a player more than four years, EVER, unless his last name was Ruth.(I can't spell Gerig)

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Very nice, Orel.

Fred's Brim said...

Pujols is up soon, right? How can they afford both of them on the same roster and not have the rest of the team be players up from Memphis? I suppose the Red Sox could use a 1B in 2012...

Dusty Baker said...

Exactly, FB. And they're going to be pulling them from the dog track at Memphis, not from their farm team.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

It just means more free agents for us!


Oh, right, the divorce thing...

Steve Sax said...

Claus Vest WIN