I’m Just Looking To Get Paid Just Like Anyone Else ………..
I don’t know how many times I’ll have to say it but I’ll continue to repeat saying it, ’til baseball and its hierarchy gets its financial house in order . The health and state of the game will never be absolutely safe.
Bud Selig to my mind comes off as a sooth-sayer who has no credibility whatsoever ! He and the rest of ‘his minions’ (MLB) simply laud over a game that they have in essence in large part, with the collusion of the ‘owners’ and the ‘players’ have all but ran into the ground . There is nothing that is no longer pure about what was once the nation’s past-time. If anything the nation is probably a great deal happier consuming vast amounts of alcohol and having copious amounts of sex , rather than watching baseball. But then I digress , is there anything better than having a great deal of sex ? I mean it beats going to war for some ‘inflated idea’ as to what ‘freedom ‘ and ‘democracy’ is suppose to represent’ !
Well with ‘Spring Training’ just around the corner and the off season winter meetings having taken place. There wasn’t a great deal of movement in the free agency market but the one constant that remained the same, was the fact that the players and their agents were seeking that ever inflated price for their services. We saw Matt Holliday be lucky enough to be offered a ‘7 year $120 million dollar contract’ by the St Louis Cardinals. Merely to protect Albert Pujols and as much as I hate to say this , if Holliday based on this recently signed contract negotiated on his behalf by his agent, Scott Boras. How much will the Cardinals will be willing to offer Pujols when his contract comes up for his negotiation ? $250 million ? $ 300 million ? I mean in the eyes of baseball it’s now merely ‘chump change’ for some and a whole lifetime of extraordinary hell for others. I mean an as_hole like Texas Rangers’ owner, Tom Hicks merely opened up his sphincter and allowed Boras to insert any sharp object that he could find in negotiating Alex Rodriguez’s first $200 million plus contract. And then low and behold GM Brian Cashman and the New York Yankees simply did the same thing again. This time around however there won’t be a shared cost with the Yankees and Rangers having to pay Rodriguez for his services. This will be solely down to the New York Yankees alone on this one .
Courtesy of Associated Press and Yahoo Sports
By Ronald Blum , AP Sports Writer
New York (AP)—Two-time NL Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum(notes) highlighted the list of 128 players who filed for salary arbitration Friday, with many likely to gain enormous raises in the annual process.
Lincecum has been one of baseball’s best bargains, earning $405,000 from the San Francisco Giants in 2008 and $650,000 last season, when he became the NL’s first repeat Cy Young winner since Randy Johnson(notes) from 1999-02.
The deadline for players to file for arbitration was Friday. Lincecum is eligible for the first time and figures to earn $10 million or more this year after going 33-12 over the past two seasons.
Other notable players eligible for the first time include Tampa Bay pitcher Matt Garza(notes), Texas outfielder Josh Hamilton(notes), Chicago White Sox outfielder Carlos Quentin(notes) and Tampa Bay outfielder B.J. Upton(notes).
Also due for big raises are Seattle pitcher Felix Hernandez(notes), White Sox closer Bobby Jenks(notes), Boston closer Jonathan Papelbon(notes) and Philadelphia outfielder Shane Victorino(notes). The Mariners hope to strike a long-term deal with Hernandez, 19-5 with a 2.49 ERA last year, when he finished second in AL Cy Young voting.
While more than 200 players were eligible for arbitration when the season ended, clubs let many of them become free agents and already agreed to contracts with others. Among those who filed Friday, at least half are likely to settle before players and teams swap proposed salaries on Tuesday.
For those who don’t settle, hearings will be scheduled for the first three weeks of February in St. Petersburg, Fla.
The 111 players in arbitration last year earned a record average increase of 172 percent to $3.07 million, according to a study by The Associated Press.
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When you’re as productive a player as the San Francisco Giants’ Tim Lincecum has been. You know doubt harbor the day that you’re due for arbitration, in terms of negotiating a contract that is in line with what you believe to be is your self worth to that team. Already a ‘two time’ NL Cy Young winner. The Giants’ ace pitcher has been as productive as they come and then some. Now the time has come for them to pay the ‘Piper’ as the say. And for the San Francisco Giants it’s either pay up or see Lincecum undoubtedly go elsewhere and be paid by an organization that covets his great talents as a pitcher.
The Giants are looking to contend within the NL West and of course within the whole of baseball. But with the retirement of Randy Johnson and having Pablo Sandoval tied up at least for two to three years, they can ill afford to lose Lincecum at this juncture. Sandoval and Lincecum are two lynch pins that the ‘team’ can build around for the future and then see what progression is being made within their ‘farm system’ , as to the talent available there. The on thing is sure however, without Lincecum to helm this team as its front-line starter. They in essence become nothing more than average team at best. But so woefully inept is the quality of play and the within the division than hardly anyone takes notice of what really is taking place. The Colorado Rockies,Giants , Los Angeles Dodgers , Arizona Diamondbacks and the San Diego Padres either make you relish the game or just a prolonged stay in purgatory. And given the ‘state of play’ within the division, I’m liable to seek the latter ! And it’d appear that a similar case can be stated for the AL West as well but also for the Western contingencies also for the NFC West and AFC West in the NFL. God what is about the West Coast and sports that makes you either want to say “….. Wow or more often than not, I think I need to take a dump rather than watch this s_it ” !
Lincecum seen here in a montage at his very best
Giants’ Principal Partner William H. Neukom and General Manager, Brian Sabean along with his Senior Vice President of Player Personnel, Dick Tidrow had better make sure that they are all on the same page as to the ambitions of the organization and the implicit faith that the fans are showing in the decisions being made. Any sort of malaprop on their part could be misconstrued that they’re unambitious or they simply don’t what they hell that they’re doing. People are still wondering at this juncture if the process of still having Barry Bonds on the payroll was worth their while, leading up to the ensuing legal entanglements that the player found himself in. You cannot tell me that it benefited the organization one iota ?
It will be very interesting to see if caution is thrown to the wind as the Giants’ hierarchy looks to reach an amicable arrangement with their young ace pitcher , Tim Lincecum. Or whether or not they’ll play hard ball with the player and try to pay him what they feel he’s worth . What is the going rate nowadays for a pitcher who pitches close to or over 200 innings plus a season , with on average 200K’s plus and ERA bordering in the mid to low 2.00’s ? Any ideas ? Ten years and between $ 160 to $190 million ? Five years $100 million ? Surely not the ludicrous sum that they negotiated with troubadour and now what I consider to be a bust in Barry Zito and his ‘laughable contract of 7 years $126 millions’ ! What have the Giants actually received in return that is actually tangible ? Unless you consider the groupies that are said to hang around the player while he strums his guitar are of some benefit to the organization , then I’d guess you’d see it as something of a winner ?
The game of baseball can be a great deal of fun but unfortunately it’s mindless morons at the ‘top of he food chain’ as in the owners and the game’s hierarchy who tend to have their heads buried so deep into the ground. That they’ve no perception as to what’s happening around them much less what’s happening to the very game that they’re meant to be custodians of ! The strange thing is the more we think that the game is definitely in need of change the more liable it is still to remain the same. Neither Bud Selig or the owners , much less the players themselves seem to be smart enough to see that there’s real inherent need for change within the game. Otherwise , they’d have stepped up to the plate a long time ago.
50 cent gives it you straight… ‘I Get Money ‘. Is there any other way ?