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Posted 14 February 2014 - 10:21 AM
Posted 14 February 2014 - 10:22 AM
It only buys out 1-2 years of his free agency, but the fact that we're locking his contract terms through his arbitration years is very smart. It means he can pitch like a true No. 1 a couple of years down the road and he's bound to the contract we're giving him now. We've seen how a player's performance can affect arbitration to a crippling degree (with Kimbrel).
We no longer have that risk with Julio. He is all ours until at least his age 29 season (2019), with an option for age 30 season (2020).
In the last two weeks, we have locked up two homegrown prospects through their prime years. That is AMAZING.
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Posted 14 February 2014 - 10:27 AM
As am I. We're going with a new approach of locking up our young talent while they're cheap, as opposed to making big splashes via free agency/trades. It's a smart way for us to operate, given our middling payroll, and I think it creates a lot of fan excitement to know that when we move to the new stadium, we're going to have several familiar faces still on the team. I think a complete overhaul would've alienated a lot of people. Losing Huddy and Mac in the same offseason hurt, but locking up Freddie Freeman and Julio Teheran both through the next 6-8 years more than makes up for it.
Player contracts are about to get RIDICULOUS with the new TV money teams are getting, so we are setting ourselves up to remain contenders by locking these centerpieces into deals while the contracts aren't out-of-this-world.
Posted 14 February 2014 - 10:37 AM
Considering Madison Bumgarner got 35 mil for a similar deal, I think we've come out very well. Totally worth the risk given Julio's upside/potential as a top-of-the-rotation arm.
Now, it's time for the Circle of Life.
Lock. Up. Simba.
Posted 14 February 2014 - 12:32 PM
Now time to focus on Minor and Simba
Posted 14 February 2014 - 12:49 PM
Knowing our luck, it will be a while before these contracts pay off. But I'm impressed with the moves we're making locking up the talent. At least we're committing to something long term.
Edited by Tider27, 14 February 2014 - 12:49 PM.
Posted 14 February 2014 - 12:53 PM
Posted 14 February 2014 - 02:33 PM
Posted 14 February 2014 - 02:56 PM
Posted 14 February 2014 - 06:37 PM
Either way, it won't be happening to Bama's defense.
Posted 14 February 2014 - 11:00 PM
It's interesting that of all the guys we're looking to dish out these contracts to, Medlen has somewhat fallen off the radar.
Posted 15 February 2014 - 01:40 AM
Posted 15 February 2014 - 03:00 AM
We got our #1 and #4 done.
We need Minor bad. Establish that lefty-righty top of the rotation for a while.
Still hoping we move on Simba.
So a few questions for you guys:
1. Who gets a long term deal between JU and Heyward?
2. What is the future for CJ and Medlen with the Braves?
3. Are we more likely to make a move on Simba or Minor?
And thrown into the mix of all this is the terrible reality that whoever we can't hold on to (some combination of Heyward/Simba/Kimbrel/CJ/Minor/Medlen) we aren't going to have the financial prowess to replace with someone better.
Then you have so many quality bullpen and bench guys like Beachey and Schafer that are destined to move on...
Edited by The Cowboy, 15 February 2014 - 03:09 AM.
Posted 15 February 2014 - 09:22 AM
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