Re: Lester talking up the Hometown Discount, saying
posted at 2/19/2014 5:48 PM EST
In response to jasko2248's comment:
In response to BMav's comment:
To give you an idea of current starting pitcher contracts, here are the lists.....
1 Clayton Kershaw at $215,000,000
2 C.C. Sabathia at $186,000,000
3 Justin Verlander at $180,000,000
4 Felix Hernandez at $175,000,000
5 Masahiro Tanaka at $155,000,000
6 Zack Greinke at $147,000,000
7 Cole Hamels at $144,000,000
8 Matt Cain at $127,500,000
9 Cliff Lee at $120,000,000
10 Homer Bailey $105,000,000
11 Adam Wainwright at $97,500,000
12 Jered Weaver at $85,000,000
13 John Lackey at $82,500,000
14 Anibal Sanchez at $80,000,000
15 C.J. Wilson at $77,500,000
16 Josh Beckett at $68,000,000
1 Clayton Kershaw at $30,714,286
2 Justin Verlander at $25,714,286
3 Matt Cain at $25,500,000
4 Felix Hernandez at $25,000,000
5 Zack Greinke at $24,500,000
6 Cliff Lee at $24,000,000
7 Cole Hamels at $24,000,000
8 C.C. Sabathia at $23,250,000
9 Masahiro Tanaka at $22,142,857
10 Adam Wainwright at $19,500,000
11 Homer Bailey at 17,500,000
12 Tim Lincecum at $17,500,000
13 Josh Beckett at $17,000,000
14 Jered Weaver at $17,000,000
15 John Lackey at $16,500,000
16 Anibal Sanchez at $16,000,000
Only Lackey, Wainright and Lee were older when they became free agents. Also, about half of those players were free agents at the time, increasing their bargaining power. I don't see how commiting 5-85 at 17 million a year to Lester is any kind of insult.
I believe it was your offer of 4/72 that some people agreed that was an insult, not 5/85. You keep trying to make a case by manipulating stats to support your argument, but 2 things:
1. Lester's next contract won't be based on "regular season stats" only, and the Red Sox Front Office isn't going to grossly manipulate them as you have to make their argument. It's not an arbitration hearing.
2. You keep mentioning his age, which is a factor, but he is in excellent shape and has a pretty flawless delivery that should allow him to pitch at a high level until at least his mid-thirties. 5 years at an average of 20 per with some type of an option or 2 is very reasonable, and less than what he would get on the free agent market.
He is signed for 2014 at 1-13. Add that to the 4-72 extension and you get a 5-85 guaranteed commitment from the Red Sox, which is what I said.
And you can shove your word manipulatin up your rear.