Just when you thought it was safe to spend $18 million a year for five years of a great player, the price structure of contracts for very-good players just went through the roof.
With Jayson Werth signing on the dotted line of the Washington Nationals for $126 million over 7 years ($18 per) and Adrian Gonzalez slowing a trade to the Red Sox with a demand for 8 years at Mark Teixeira money ($22 million+ per), the price for Adrian Beltre and Carl Crawford just increased. Beltre looks certain to get a Torii Hunter sized 5 years at $18 million per and Crawford may get $160 million over 8 years ($20 per).
It is not that this is too rich for LAanaheim's blood. Arte Moreno can afford a big investment, especially past 2011 when over $40 million+ in contracts comes off the books (Scott Kazmir, Gary Matthews Jr., Juan Rivera, Joel Pineiro, Fernando Rodney), but everyone else in baseballville knows that the price for this offseasons' s top shelf talent just got higher.
The method that hardcore fans use to analyze a contract's worth may be the first casualty of 2011... has inflation beaten Ben Bernanke to the ballgame?
Regardless of where he signs, what will Carl Crwford receive in his next contract?
Same as Jayson Werth (7 years/ 126 mill / 18 per year) (114 votes)
Same total dollars as Werth, but higher avg salary/fewer years (254 votes)
Like Werth but for 8 years (8 years/ 144 total/ 18 per) (266 votes)
Even more than ^THAT^ (462 votes)
1096 total votes