Matthias wrote: mweir145 wrote:
Haha, what are the Yankees going to do now? Trade all of their prospects for Greinke, I hope.
And how did the Phillies get both Lee and Halladay to take massive pay cuts over the last two years to sign with them?
Doesn't sound like he did.
Current report is 5 years / $115MM. Yankees offered 6 years / $132MM and the Rangers 6 years $120MM and each had some optional 7th year. The Phillies also have some sort of option 6th year. So he could earn more over the 6 years of the deal than he would have with either of the other offers; the only question is if he signs another deal after this one to equal the total value.
Yeah, I wrote that under the assumption that he was getting a 100M contract over 5 years. Cliff will be doing just fine for himself.
thedude wrote:First, it's not cheating. But you realize the Phillies accquired Halladay the same way as the Red Sox acquired Beckett and Gonzalez: by giving a small market team prospects for a player that small market could not afford to keep in free agency.
Minor corrections: Toronto isn't small market, they just regularly act like one. And they could have easily afforded Halladay (especially considering he's a guy that essentially took a 100M paycut to play last year), the issue was that he wanted to actually make the playoffs sometime in the foreseeable future.
Also, with the payroll thing...Boston may not have built their team primarily through free agency, but it helps when you have an owner that is actually willing to sign trade acquisitions to long-term, expensive extensions.