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View Poll Results: Robinson Cano - Is he (or anyone) worth $300M / 10 Years?
Yes, he is worth it and so are players of his ilk. 2 5.71%
No, baseball players are not worth that much. 33 94.29%
Voters: 35. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 09-28-2013, 10:38 AM
 
Location: Springfield, Ohio
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No..... And No again. These salaries should be considered obscene by any individual in a hard working blue collar family. What's wrong with the $15 million a year he's making now? Where does it end?
Why would you compare someone who is a star participant in an entertainment industry generating billions to someone working a 9-5 job? I'd only argue Cano isn't worth $30m/year because baseball isn't a sport where one player creates that many wins for his team. Compare him to Lebron James, who directly contributes to many, many more wins for his team per season than any one baseball player, or the quarterback of a football team whose team improves 50+% in winning percentage by his presence.
I also wouldn't blame ticket prices solely on player salaries, either. Ballclubs make just as much or more from their television deals and merchandise sales than attendance figures these days...you have to account for owner greed as well.

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Old 09-28-2013, 01:19 PM
 
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Well gang, the news today is that Hunter Pence of the Giants may get a 5-year $90M contract ($18M/year) so the money seems to still be flowing. The deal is pending a physical exam.

He's now making $13.8M/year, is age 30 (DOB: April 13, 1983), is a lifetime .285 hitter and is having a pretty good year. I saw him hit 2 HRs in that game at Dodger Stadium I attended on 15 Sept 2013. A five-year contract seems a lot smarter for the Giants than a 10-year.
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Old 09-28-2013, 01:43 PM
 
Location: Parts Unknown, Northern California
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Bad idea. Pence is one of those kamikaze players who is likely to wreck his career running into a wall trying to catch a flyball in a 12-1 game.

This season probably represents his peak. I see the ghost of Aaron Rowand hanging over this contract.
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Old 09-28-2013, 01:56 PM
 
Location: NYntarctica
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I like Hunter Pence, in his first game at the New Yankee Stadium he hit a ball OVER the left field bullpen, which is pretty impressive. Not a lot of players can reach those seats
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Old 09-28-2013, 05:15 PM
 
Location: Parts Unknown, Northern California
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The Giants are feeling free with their money for Pence because they have a pile coming off the books when the season ends. Lincecum was paid 18 million in '12 and 22 million in '13 and went a combined 20-29, 4.71. He is a free agent. Volgelsong was hurt most of the year and was horrible when he was in there. he was paid 5 million and he is now a free agent. And Zito was paid 20 million in the last year of his seven year, 126 million dollar boondoggle.

That is 47 million bucks they paid last year which is presently without obligation. Pence was paid 13 million last year, so his 15 million next year is actually just minus two million from that 47.

So...the Giants have 45 million bucks to improve the club. We must start with the three holes in the rotation created by the departures of Lincecum, Volgelsong and Zito. If they go with Chad Gaudin and Yusmeiro Petit to plug two of the slots, they will need to look outside for just one starter.

In the offensive slots, all positions are manned by guys signed to contracts through 2015 or longer except the Panda who has another year at 5 or 6 million before he is a free agent. Blanco in rightfield is making 1.5 million, he and Crawford would be the least costly to bench if they wanted to try and buy someone better.
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Old 09-28-2013, 05:22 PM
 
Location: sumter
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NO NO and NO
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Old 09-28-2013, 06:25 PM
 
Location: NYntarctica
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However when people bring up the A-Rod deal as comparison, I must say, for the duration of the original contract (2001-2010) he was not bad at all. In fact he was probably the second best hitter during the time, only behind Pujols. He hit .299/.394/.577 and averaged 42 homeruns with 133 rbi a year. While playing great defense. While he wasn't worth 30 million, he was certainly worth being the highest paid player.

Feces really didn't begin to approach the fan until he signed the new contract. His OPS has fallen every single year since 2007.
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Old 09-28-2013, 07:38 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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If he was 22 years old AND was a Mike Trout clone then I'd give him 30 million a year. You don't give anyone over 28 10 year contracts, period.
Check out Tommy Davis' career. At 23 he had 230 hits, 153 RBI, and hit .346.

He ended up playing for 12 different teams. 10 in 10 years.

No one is ever worth a 10 year contract.
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Old 09-29-2013, 08:21 PM
 
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How many teams can afford, or will be willing to sign this guy to a contract that could end up paying him $305 million?
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Old 09-30-2013, 08:46 AM
 
Location: Currently living in Reddit
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Marlon Byrd, who's playing this year for $700K and has a higher WAR than Pence, is very, very happy about the Pence deal. I'd guess Marlon, who never made more than $7.5 mill/year in his career, is going to get himself a $12-$13 mill payday.
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