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Seismic shift in MLB high-end contracts

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07:05 AM ET 05.17 | A new day is dawning in baseball, if slowly, that may change the game for its players. One of the game's rising young stars recently told me he was concerned about the flurry of contract extensions in baseball. ... [His] thoughts intrigued me, in no small part because he is a candidate for an extension himself. The player's point was this: Free agency helped make the players union into a powerhouse. But now, with fewer top players reaching free agency, who is going to drive the top of the market? Shouldn't players feel a sense of responsibility to those who came before them and those who will follow? Fair questions, particularly if you look at the next two free-agent classes, which are almost devoid of stars.

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May 17, 2013  08:00 AM ET

If the next two classes are basically devoid of stars, how is the top of the market going to be driven up whether they are extended or not? It takes top class talent to drive the top of the market.

May 17, 2013  08:36 AM ET
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If the next two classes are basically devoid of stars, how is the top of the market going to be driven up whether they are extended or not? It takes top class talent to drive the top of the market.

Exactly. If each player, himself, does not drive the top amrket by achieving a certain level of "greatness" then they cannot (or at laast should not ) expect "great" money. However, regardless of who drives the top of the market even negotiated players salaries are still nothign to sneeze at.

May 17, 2013  09:25 AM ET

Welcome to collective bargaining young man!
Union contracts tend to level pay checks to the Mean, whether they will admit it or not.

May 17, 2013  09:40 AM ET
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Welcome to collective bargaining young man!Union contracts tend to level pay checks to the Mean, whether they will admit it or not.

Bingo.... And as far as the contracts in general - who the hell could yell about guaranteed money no matter the performance. Jeesh.....

May 17, 2013  10:18 AM ET

I'm so sick and tired of the "get all you can get" attitude.

May 17, 2013  10:30 AM ET
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I'm so sick and tired of the "get all you can get" attitude.

Welcome to human nature...... ;-)

May 17, 2013  10:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Welcome to human nature...... ;-)

Just heard Harry Reid on the radio saying that paying taxes are voluntary. Yeah, right. That and death are both voluntary aren't they?

May 17, 2013  11:06 AM ET
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Just heard Harry Reid on the radio saying that paying taxes are voluntary. Yeah, right. That and death are both voluntary aren't they?

then I volunteer not to pay taxes for the rest of my natural life.

May 17, 2013  11:15 AM ET

.....look a lil deeper and yu wil find the ones that get locked up r the good ones....the ones that test fa....value-wise...not so much....

May 17, 2013  11:59 AM ET
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then I volunteer not to pay taxes for the rest of my natural life.

Me too JC....

May 17, 2013  12:23 PM ET

I think Josh Hamilton, Johan Santana, Albert Pujols, and last but not least Alex Rodriguez are having a great impact on the values at the top of the market.

May 17, 2013  01:14 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Just heard Harry Reid on the radio saying that paying taxes are voluntary. Yeah, right. That and death are both voluntary aren't they?

Funny - I thought this was tested in the courts already - is he setting himself above the supreme court?

May 17, 2013  05:15 PM ET
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then I volunteer not to pay taxes for the rest of my natural life.

In what Federal pen?

May 17, 2013  05:20 PM ET
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.....look a lil deeper and yu wil find the ones that get locked up r the good ones....the ones that test fa....value-wise...not so much....

Exactly
Smart GMs are taking a reasoned chance by waving some serious $$$ in the face of young guys who see a way to secure their financial future without risking it on an injury or declining performance.
And, for the ones who still perform in their 30s they think they will get a second bite at the apple as older FAs.

May 17, 2013  05:21 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

I think Josh Hamilton, Johan Santana, Albert Pujols, and last but not least Alex Rodriguez are having a great impact on the values at the top of the market.

Bingo!

 
May 17, 2013  05:24 PM ET

Maybe the owners are beginning to figure out how to cope with the fact that they gave away the store when they bargained away the ability to cut an underperforming older guy, as is done in the NFL.
Think ARod!

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