Spring training is here again!! GMs take out their REAL money this time. Something expensive will be bought, eh, excuse me, someone will be hiredwho will make a “difference.” With prices like this, no one’s blowing smoke now. (Or they hope you don’t notice.)
To open the bidding, Colorado’s Nolan Arenado is available. He hits home runs, drives in other tallies and wins a Gold Glove every year. In time, he could replace Mike Schmidt as baseball’s best third baseman ever! But his cost –for you, is 8 years at a total of $260 million! A bargain –just listen to his agent.
And that’s not the only valuable player this Spring! Manny Machado has flown West from his Baltimore career, and landed in Sunny San Diego. He is a bargain costing only $300 million over a 10 year span.
The Phillies did not sit back either. Bryce Harper became their employee for a baker’s dozen of years at a cost of a mere $330 million. Bryce has been thinking about such a contract since he was a junior in high school.
But wait, folks, what about the man who has been known as the G.O.A .T. since his sophomore year in MLB? The Angels have paid Mike Trout what he’s worth: 12 years for $430 million?! (see below) Great player, fine young man, and I bet he’s good to dogs, too.
Yes, it’s true that big league youngsters have to wait their turn at the pay window. But the wait looks worth it (say the owners). As Google told me, Joe DiMaggio (see below, with “friend”) was the first ballplayer to earn six figures: 100,000, in 1949.
Ted Williams took home $125,000 in 1952. Willie Mays was worth every penny of his $133,000 salary in 1966. And, yes, children, Pete Rose signed with the Phillies in 1978 for 3.24 million…for four years! I bet he hustled to the pay window as quick as he went from first to third on a single. Whatever happened to ‘ol Pete?