quietstorm wrote:If there's every reason to expect a player will live up to his contract, it's a good contract.
That we had no reason to expect that performance out of Beltran is relevant, because, as they said, hindsight is 20/20. Foresight doesn't exist. So we're left with projections.
And if the projections are garbage then so is the contract in that case. This is not fantasy it is real world and real money. If Beltran continues to produce like Matt Lawton or some 4th OF then Minaya is to blame. Period. Saying there is no way for him to have predicted or projected the falloff is not relevent. He is paid to NOT make mistakes like that.
If you are Wilpon paying Beltran's check, you probably are not really all that sympathetic to the fact that Minaya had projections and could not have known. All you care about is the cash coming out of your wallet to pay a guy way above what he is producing. Same for Giambi and Moose and RJ and Klesko and most of those guys. Too mant expensive mistakes like that get GMs fired and ruin franchises for years. Unless of course you are Brian Cashman, in which case you get a raise.