Re: Hill's beloved Mariners cannot keep a Manager...
posted at 9/29/2013 8:52 PM EDT
In response to dgalehouse's comment:
The Mariners have absolutely zero chance of signing Cano. To think otherwise is to be extremely naive.
Stabbed by Foulke.
And they shouldn't, it would be nonsense.....unless, maybe, they were a team on the cusp of truly competing, specifically needed a 2B-man, needed a big bat, and had the huge budget space required to afford him.
But those extreme circumstances are not just unlikely specifically, they are horse-and-buggy thinking generally.
If I were Ben Cherington would I try to sign Cano for $1/year for 6 years? Of course. Would I agree to sign him for $50m/year for 6 years? Of course not.
How many effink times do I have to repeat that:
October 30, 2003, 9:52 PM ET
ESPN.com news services
BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox placed All-Star slugger Manny Ramirez on irrevocable waivers Wednesday.
The move means any major league team can have Ramirez -- if it is willing to pay his salary. The outfielder has five years and $101.5 million remaining on a $160 million, eight-year contract, and would get an extra $1 million if he switches teams. He is scheduled to make $20.5 million next season.
In other words, none of the other 29 MLB teams were willing to take him for free! (I think the waiver price was then, and remains, $100k...but that's effectively free in modern baseball).
In truth, I'd been saying to my mates for the previous couple of years before 2003 that he was "worth less than nothing because we'd have to pay someone to take him away". And they laughed at me......oh, how I gloated when I was "proven" right. And the Sox are so lucky no team was willing to take Manny away for free.
I sort of got it but didn't really appreciate before '83/'84, that, IMO, Manny was immune to the world around him. And that such a machine, a metronome, is exactly the sort of character to build around.
Look at his career splits from any perspective.....they are comically consistent. IMO, probably the greatest FA contract ever.
But Manny was an extreme exception to the rule that says "overpay for genius if a) they play a premium postion, or b) you think they have an elite talent."