- 12/15/2010, 06:16AM ET
Schad - Notorious Deadbeat said 12/15, 06:17 AM
Here's the Myth.
"He left millions on the table to go to Philly".
Really? Let's look into this.
The previous highest annual contract given to a pitcher was the one given to Sabathia at 7 years and 161 million.
161/7=23 million a year.
Let's look at Lee's contract.
It is 5 years at 120 million with an option for 1 year at 27 million if he hits certain milestones. That milestone is either 400 innings in years 4 and 5 combined or 200 innings in the 5th year.
Working with the assumption he makes it, it actually brings the value of the contract up to:
6 years and 147 million.
147/6=24.5 million a year.
Now, let's look at the offers he got. I'll just use the Yankees offer because there were so many thrown out by Texas, no one really knows which ones were under consideration.
It was 7 years and 148 million.
Last I checked, 24.5 million is a hell of a lot more than 21.14 million.
So, if he plays out the full contract, he'll be a free agent 1 year sooner and it will have cost him 1 million dollars. The annual value is much higher than any other offer he got.
MLBPA is happy, his agent is happy, and he got the highest contract.
Bos015DP said 12/15, 10:27 AM
Does it really matter if Lee makes 24.5 million or 21.14 million? He was 12-9 last season and was 0-2 6.94 in the World Series!
So for a record of 13-11, including the playoffs, he makes over $20 million?!
The myth is that he, or any 30+ year-old pitcher is worth that kind of contract.
Schad - Notorious Deadbeat said 12/15, 05:52 PM
Nice non-argument. Not exactly sure why you took this if you have no idea what it is about. I thought you may actually have some sort of point, but you didn't.
Bos015DP said 12/15, 07:13 PM
My argument is that who really cares what the difference is between millions of dollars.
My point is why does it really matter whether Lee left millions on the table or not? The unemployment rate is close to 10% and it matters that a pro baseball player is going to make $100,000 less?
The Myth is why we applaud someone for playing a kids game and think it's great that they only make $24 million per year rather than $28 million a year. It's all messed up.
Vote for me if you feel that players are OVERPAID CRYBABIES!
Schad - Notorious Deadbeat said 12/16, 03:58 PM
More uselessness. Next time when you take a TD, argue the point being made, don't try and make it what you want.
Funny, you want people to vote for you if you feel players are overpaid crybabies, but you certainly sound like a crybaby.
If you don't like sports, don't watch.
It's really that simple.
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