As another MLB season is set to begin, the Houston Astros are set to make their AL debut while sporting a payroll less than the salary that will be received by Alex Rodriguez.
Predictably, the boo-birds have come out in full force, as this presents yet another opportunity to criticize both A-Rod’s ridiculous salary and MLB’s disparate financial issues. Really, how can a sport justify an entire team being paid less than an injury-prone third baseman who is no longer an All-Star when healthy?
Nobody is arguing that Alex Rodriguez is overpaid; it’s been a running theme (fair or not) with A-Rod ever since he signed that $252 million contract with Texas prior to the 2001 season. At this stage of his career, A-Rod’s contract issues are low-hanging fruit for sportswriters that specialize in outrage.
But does Alex Rodriguez really deserve to be the source of anger on this issue?
In perhaps the most stunning development of the spring, news broke over the weekend that Nolan Ryan could be on his way out as CEO of the Texas Rangers.
Ryan, who is also part-owner of the club, joined the Rangers’ front office as team president in 2008 and has also served as the team CEO for the past couple of seasons. But a power struggle within the organization resulted in general manager Jon Daniels taking on the mantle of team president, which may lead to Ryan’s departure from the organization and a major PR blunder for the Texas Rangers.
Any fan who believes that athletes should be paid based on merit should be outraged over Mike Trout’s contract situation.
In a time where fans across the country complain about the A-Rods and Teixeiras getting paid way too much for too little production (something the latter openly admitted), there should be an equal amount of anger over a player getting screwed over despite providing superior play.
And mark my words, Mike Trout absolutely provided superior play in 2012.
Many experts will argue that Trout was the best all-around player in MLB last season, leading the majors in runs, stolen bases, OPS+, and WAR en route to winning the AL Rookie of the Year Award and finishing second in the MVP voting. He also single-handedly rescued Los Angeles’ season, as the Angels went from an 8-15 team and having the worst OPS in the AL in April to an 89-win squad with a top-three OPS at the end of the year.
It looks like the King’s Court will reign in Seattle for the next decade.
Earlier today, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported that Felix Hernandez has signed a 7-year, $175 million extension that will keep him with the Seattle Mariners through the 2019 season. The deal is the largest ever signed by a pitcher, surpassing the 7-year, $161 million deal signed by CC Sabathia of the New York Yankees prior to the 2010 season.
UPDATE: It is being reported by ESPN that Felix's contract extension is for 5 years at $135 million and will begin following the 2014 season.
But will Felix Hernandez be worth the money?
Los Angeles Angels Trade Rumors: Josh Hamilton Signing Creates Surplus of Angels in the Outfield, Could Trumbo or Bourjos Be Traded?
Once again, the Los Angeles Angels have come out of nowhere to land the biggest prize on the free agent market.
One year after signing Albert Pujols to a monster contract, the Angels pulled off another stunner when they signed Josh Hamilton to a 5-year, $125 million deal. Hamilton, widely considered the biggest bat on the free agent market, gives Los Angeles arguably the best Murderer’s Row in all of baseball and just might make the Angels the new favorites in the American League.