stumpak wrote:I am not going to say this is brilliant, but it is not a bad signing. In effect Gillick is hedging against a hot market for SPs by locking Moyer in early. If we wind up in a situation like last year were the Loaiza's of the world are getting multi-years at $7M per, this winds up looking like a good deal. Even if this is not the case, I guarantee that it will not even scratch the surface of the 10 worst deals of the offseason by the time all is said and done.
But isn't that circular logic? Let's sign Moyer to a big contact now because later it might take a big contract to sign him? This is how these crazy offseasons happen anyway. A nervous GM signs pitchers for too much early and makes the whole market go crazy.
These multi-year Loaizaesque deals won't happen for too much longer anyway. Remember when all the superstars contracts started popping up for 17,18, 20 million? Teams couldn't afford it and their price came back down. Same will happen with pitchers.
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