A hypothetical question. Should any amateur player, no matter how much of a “cant-miss prospect”, or how “great” he is, get this much money: 50 million dollars, before he throws one professional pitch? Alright, we all know that this “hypothetical” player is Stephen Strasburg.
Let’s put this in perspective: Daisuke Matsuzaka, an established pitcher, is receiving his income from a 6-year 52 million dollar deal. That contract is identical to what an amateur pitcher wants!!! Ben McDonald was a can’t miss in 1989; Brien Taylor was a can’t miss in 1991 (and probably would have been great if he hadn’t ruined his arm in a fight); Matt Anderson was a can’t miss in 1997. No unproven player deserves this much money!!!
If Strasburg gets as much money as he’s requesting, the Draft’s useless bonus system will be shattered once and for all. For every Alex Rodriguez, Joe Mauer, or Ken Griffey Jr., there is a McDonald, Taylor, or Anderson. Remember that, before you hand $50 million to the “next Cy Young“.
A final question: How big is Scott Boras’ mansion?
- When Will The Tom Glavine Drama End?
Tom Glavine is moaning that the Braves released him for purely financial reasons, and is demanding an apology. Sure there was some financial motivation, minor league salary over 5 million dollars. But who would you rather have, a 43-year old pitcher who’s averaging 82 mph on his fastball, or a 22-year old with a blazing fastball, and one of the top pitching prospects ever. The Braves have tried to cling to the past for too long, it’s time for Atlanta to move on.
- D-backs 9 Padres 6
A win is a win, or so it is said. A comfortable 5 run, traditional 9 inning win; is different from a 18 inning marathon, where you can’t score until you’re opponent has to bring in an infielder to pitch. Arizona better hope that their starter goes the distance tomorrow, or they’re in trouble.
- MLB Draft Notes
- Stephen Strasburg will break the bonus slot system
- The Padres are fools if they take Donovan Tate at number 3
- Redrafts Aaron Crow, and Tanner Scheppers will be top 10 selections