Monday, December 06, 2010

On The Werth Deal

For Werth: The last thing I want to see when reading about this situation is anything about "greed" or "money being greater than rings" or anything that implies that it is wrong to value a huge contract over the chance at winning a World Series.

The objective of major league baseball players is to maintain employment for as long as possible and earn as much money as possible. That's it. It's a job. A World Series ring? It's nice if you can get it, but it's not why they play the game.

Sure, occasionally a player will take less money to stay with a certain team for a reason other than money, and occasionally that reason is a better chance to win, but players never significantly reduce their contract by years or money just so they can play on a winning team. It would be stupid. And although the "baseball romantic" that lives in all of us would love to believe these players value winning or team/fan loyalty or anything else more than money, it just isn't the reality.

So I say congratulations to Jayson for turning his talent and hard work into what everyone one of us strives for professionally, a lucrative contract to do a job that he loves.

For the Phillies: They knew this was happening. Dom Brown needs to step up and the Phillies need to sign a mid-level talent, right handed, corner outfielder to pseudo-platoon with Brown and Ibanez.

The Phillies will receive the Gnats second round pick and the very high (first?) "sandwich round" pick, giving them three picks between picks 30 and 50. Not bad.

Yeah, and I guess we'll all miss the beard.

For the Gnats: They overpaid. Obviously. Luckily I don't give two shits about the Gnats. If the Phillies would have made this deal I would have ruptured a brain aneurysm. Want to read more about the Gnats and their new star player? Didn't think so...

10 comments:

GM-Carson said...

Mets GM Sandy Alderson on Werth's new deal- "It makes some of our contracts look pretty good. I thought they were trying to reduce the deficit in Washington."

Another GM told Ken Rosenthal "absolutely batshit crazy!".

GM-Carson said...

This is the 13th largest contract in MLB's history. Congrats to Werth.

Nationals...idiots.

Maximis said...

This is why I really enjoy reading WSBGM's: You guys are spot on with your analysis, unlike many windbags. Watching the interview with Werth right after we lost the NLCS to the Giants is right in line with your thoughts. I will miss the guy terribly, but hey, he knows its a game.

Plus, I got to see the man steal home, win a championship, and cheers'ed him during the parade. Not too shabby.

He will be missed.

GM-Carson said...

Pat Gillick was a elected to the Hall of Fame.

8008 WFC's said...

My initial reaction to Jayson's signing with the Nats was the one I posted - questioning Jayson's motives as $$ related. But within a few minutes I was with you, Carson, It's about the Nats decision to make that offer - far far more than Jayson's willingness to accept it. Probably no one else would go near that far with an offer, so Jayson likely had to accept it. With that said, in the press conference Rizzo and Boras talked about Jayson as a clubhouse presence, as a leader to young players. I don't have the clubhouse perspective and I don't think he's a "problem", but he's never impressed me as a "fundamentals" kind of guy. You can esp see that in his defense, but it applies to his whole game. He's relied too much on raw skills and I fear when those (speed, reflexes, etc) deteriorate he won't be able to compensate and remain a real producer. That's where I think the Nats - with a 7 yr commitment went way too long, and I'm happy the Phils did not make that commitment.

Jose said...

What is it with Washington franchises and bad contracts? Haynesworth, Arenas, Werth...

Andrew said...

Werth just became a very very very rich non-entity. Go gNats.

SirAlden said...

Perfect Post Corey. Perfect.

SirAlden said...

We have Pat Gillick to thank now and forever in how the Franchise Operates.

Pat Gillick is a Genius.

Jay Floyd said...

DC absolutely overpaid. No question. That deal limits their ability to draw bigger names than Werth.