Big Names Get Big Bucks
This really shouldn’t be a surprise, and maybe it’s not even worth mentioning. David Price, Johnny Cueto, Zack Greinke, Yoenis Cespedes. The list goes on. The biggest names in baseball are going to get massive paychecks, and there’s nothing you can do about it.
The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox will be prepared to shell out big dollars, especially in Boston for a team that put down massive deals on Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval, only to see those deals come crashing down in front of them. The pitching staff is atrocious in Boston, and they are desperate to catch up in an American League East that is still wide open for the taking.
Seattle spent big to bring in Nelson Cruz, only to fall yet again to the cellar of the American League West, despite Cruz’s impressive stat line (.302/.369/.566 with 44 home runs and 93 RBIs).
So what does that tell us? We know that the teams that typically spend big will continue to do so. Fan bases in Boston, New York, and Los Angeles essentially expect greatness, and there’s no easier fix for their organizations than to patch the holes on their rosters with massive deals to marquee players. This year won’t be any different.
The Red Sox will make runs at Cueto and Price. The Yankees continue to spend big, and with names like Cespedes and Jason Heyward available in the outfield, the Evil Empire will be active again.
Moral of the story? Don’t be surprised when massive deals come to the marquee players. We’ve seen it before, we’ll see it again, and this winter will be no different.