GotowarMissAgnes wrote:I hear you, Mad, but...
..unless there is something specific in the contract about the opportunity, what's to prevent management from making that incentive inoperable? Suppose after a month Wilson goes down and Steady Eddie's got an ERA over 20 in set-up work, while one of the other candidates has not allowed an earned run. Who's going to get the call?
That's extreme, but it illustrates the point that unless the player performs, the incentive clause is meaningless. Management's job is to win games. If they choose that contract incentive over the win imperative, their job's the risk. If I'm the manager or the GM, my response to any complaint, is "screw you, Eddie, I'm here to win games."
Oh I don't disagree at all. If the guy can't do the job, gets hurt, or whatever, then those "assurances" go right out the window.
This all started around the Texas closing situation. Seems a lot of people here want Benoit to get the shot. Problem is that the job is Wilson's to lose, and both Guardado and Fukumori are in Benoit's way of that. Fukumori didn't help himeself any yesterday, but didn't kill himself either. Getting a little beat up (and the box reads worse than it was) in one's MLB debut isn't that big of a deal. Anyway, with Fukumori's past of closing games in Japan plus his spring line, he's in line for the gig. If Guardado performs, then he's in line for it as well because I'm positive they gave him assurances he'd get the opportunity or else he wouldn't have signed the type of incentive laden deal he signed. So Benoit is 4th in line and stuck in MR limbo at the moment. He's not even a set up man, just a plain old MR.
Scroll down to the chart on the right:http://texas.rangers.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20080324&content_id=2455725&vkey=news_tex&fext=.jsp&c_id=tex
That alone should say quite a bit about his chances of closing. Anyway, I'd put my money on a starter or two stinking it up, getting injured, or a combination of those two, and Benoit winding up in the rotation rather than closing. The former is much more likely than all 3 possible closers stinking. That's what everything out there points to, all the local papers, news, team website, etc. Benoit and closing aren't even being mentioned in the same sentence. But that's me and I don't get hung up on who I "want" to close in fantasy. I could "want" Benoit to close all I like, but that doesn't change anything and won't make it happen.
The incentives were really just the icing on the cake as to why Benoit won't be closing anytime soon. Didn't expect it to spin off on its own topic, but that always makes things fun.
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