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    Quote Originally Posted by markakis8 View Post
    Agreed. He could win the next 7 Cy Youngs and not be undervalued. Here's how I look at it. Scott Feldman - freaking Scott Feldman - is being paid $10 million a year for 3 years by the Astros. In that comparison to Kershaw, yes, it makes sense to pay Kershaw $30 million a year b/c Kershaw is THAT much better than Feldman.

    But how about we just take a step back and realize that Feldman is getting paid $10 million a year. Who here would pay Feldman $10 million a year for 3 years to pitch for your team?

    This is what I have issue with...not that Kershaw is getting rewarded for being one of the top 3 pitchers in baseball each of the last three seasons...but that average pitchers are getting absurdly large contracts. Feldman isn't the only one either. Kyle Lohse is getting 11MM per year, John Danks is getting 13MM per year, Jorge de la Rosa is getting over $10MM per year, the list goes on and on. Why are teams paying so much for average MLB arms?


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    Quote Originally Posted by All The Hype View Post
    This is what I have issue with...not that Kershaw is getting rewarded for being one of the top 3 pitchers in baseball each of the last three seasons...but that average pitchers are getting absurdly large contracts. Feldman isn't the only one either. Kyle Lohse is getting 11MM per year, John Danks is getting 13MM per year, Jorge de la Rosa is getting over $10MM per year, the list goes on and on. Why are teams paying so much for average MLB arms?
    Because they can. Would you rather that money stay in the pockets of the owners? There is enough money to go around in MLB to make everyone happy, including bad to mediocre players. I don't care what the owners are spending their money on. Spend your billions away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sportscardtheory View Post
    Because they can. Would you rather that money stay in the pockets of the owners? There is enough money to go around in MLB to make everyone happy, including bad to mediocre players. I don't care what the owners are spending their money on. Spend your billions away.
    I don't disagree with your point, but given the existing market for Major League Baseball players, there's no way those guys should be getting paid that much. More power to them for getting the deals worked out.


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    Any team who signs a player as a free agent is overpaying. That's just the way it works. For a lot of small market teams the only way to get decent talent in their rotation they might have to pay a little more than they want to. Every year that a few FA pitchers gets overpaid (maybe from bidding against a couple of other teams) that jacks up the prices for the following year of FA pitchers. The never-ending circle of overpaid arms. Rays might be the only team that does it right, in the sense that they pay very little money for any of their starting pitchers because they all come from their farm system. For that to work you HAVE to not only draft well, but have a great development program too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scotty216brs View Post
    Any team who signs a player as a free agent is overpaying. That's just the way it works. For a lot of small market teams the only way to get decent talent in their rotation they might have to pay a little more than they want to. Every year that a few FA pitchers gets overpaid (maybe from bidding against a couple of other teams) that jacks up the prices for the following year of FA pitchers. The never-ending circle of overpaid arms. Rays might be the only team that does it right, in the sense that they pay very little money for any of their starting pitchers because they all come from their farm system. For that to work you HAVE to not only draft well, but have a great development program too.

    Valid points. The Red Sox are far more willing to pay for Free Agents or go get guys via trade, but I feel they've been pretty strong at home-growing their talent lately as well. The Cubs are heading in that direction too now that Theo has taken over. Theo is going to go down as one of the best in baseball history if the Cubs' system fuels the big league club to a WS this decade.


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    Quote Originally Posted by gmsieb View Post
    None compare with or have anything to do with kershaw.
    It's the idea of a big dollar contract and then the pitcher doesn't live up to expectations.

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