Saltydog wrote:-The maturity of the franchise that he's joining. ATL has an incredibly poised core with McCann, Freeman, Prado, Heyward, where TB has been a refuse for discarded talent (Pena, Rodney) with little impact from homegrown talent (Longoria, maybe Zobrist?)
I don't know that Tampa's been a discarded talent wasteland. They've done alright with bringing their pitchers along (Price, Shields, Hellickson) and before Longoria there was Crawford. Ever since the new management team took over, they seem to be doing better. They still make some bonehead moves (Damon and Manny), but most organizations make mistakes that look even worse in hindsight.
HOOTIE wrote:I think he's much more valuable in fantasy, where sb carries him.
I think 15 mil a year for 5 years, is too much for a 2 WAR player.
I think his real world and fantasy value is pretty close. His SB and recent power is nice for fantasy, but the low batting average kills. And his defense can carry him and help his value in real life even when he's not hitting.
I agree that it was probably an overpay, but that looks like its going to become the new normal in MLB. With the huge influx of TV money coming into the game, I think player salaries are about to go through the roof.