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What’s going on with hitter contracts?

February 9, 2017

4964.jpg     Chris Carter, 1 year, $3.5 million, Yankees.

$3.5 million is fucking nothing.

OK, OK, before you write in, YES, it’s more than I will make in my lifetime.

But I can also reasonably guarantee you that at no point in my lifetime will I hit 41 fucking dingers in a single season, never mind that he did it last season.

Edwin Encarnacion got paid. Yoenis Cespedes re-upped and got paid. Dexter Fowler got paid. José Bautista got paid for at least a year… and that’s all.

Mike Napoli passed up the $17 million qualifying offer to sign for half that with the Rangers. And that’s still $5 million more than Carter here.

Mark Trumbo (only 30, with a quiet 47 jacks) was looking for 5/100, then 4/80… he got 3/38 in the end.

Chicks dig the long ball, but GMs won’t pay for it.

Now Chris Carter’s agent, Dave Stewart, is one of the stupidest men in baseball. But that still doesn’t explain 1 year for $3.5 million when Mark Rczeypin Rczezcy Rcepz Rzcep Scrabble gets a reliever deal at 4 years and $30 million. Older southpaw relievers are getting $6 million a year too.

Mendoza muses about some sort of collusion case because the salaries are so low. He’s the Dirty Commish, so if it takes one to know one, he’d know. I’m not quite ready to jump on the bandwagon there, but there has been a seismic shift. An .800 OPS sure as hell isn’t worth what it used top be.

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