DRG here again after a little hiatus to get you through the weekend…
The Good: Getting Evan Longoria signed for an average salary over the next 6 years of less than the average salary in baseball right now, which is just north of $3mm. Longoria is just the latest example of how the Rays plan to compete in world of $100+ million payrolls.
The Bad: Everybody that now thinks this is proof that Evan Longoria’s delayed free agency clock had nothing to do with him being sent to minors. People like Joe Henderson. There has never been a contract since the beginning of free agency for a player with less than 6 years experience in which the year of free agency had nothing to do with negotiations. Listen to me very carefully. THE RAYS SAVED MONEY BECAUSE THEY ONLY HAD TO BUY OUT 2 FREE AGENCY YEARS INSTEAD OF THREE…Announcing the deal on a Friday afternoon. This is a national story and good press for changing the negative perception of the Rays and they announce the deal on the one day when stories die. There is a reason that White Houses only announce negative news on Fridays. Because nobody watches the news Friday night and nobody reads the paper or surfs the internet on Saturdays. Wait. So you must not exist right now. Why am I writing?
The Telling: Last night on “Baseball Tonight” on ESPN Eduardo Perez said that he had spoken to several players and they were not happy about the deal. His point was that Evan Longoria is one of those players that is supposed to be driving salaries up for the rest of the league. I’m fairly certain that Perez did not talk to Rocco Baldelli or any other player who’s career was cut short by injuries or any top prospect that never panned out in baseball. Does Perez think that Baldelli was stupid for signing a contract that at the time many thought was below market-value?…Also, we can ignore the option years of the deal, at least the final option which covers 2015 and 2016 his “free agency” seasons. If Longoria is the player we all think he can be, a new long-term deal will be worked out before that last option needs to be exercised.
DEVIL DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Tampa Bay Sports Blog takes a look at the Rays’ excess pitching and what could be done. [Tampa Bay Sports Blog]
- Here is an interesting take on the Evan Longoria deal. One blogger thinks the deal is bad for both sides. [PG's Sportsworld]
- Skyking162 breaks down the Evan Longoria contract and figures out exactly how much money the Rays are saving. [skyking162]
- Carlos Pena was not in the lineup last night but could be back tonight. [St. Pete Times]