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Old 06-28-2011, 09:03 AM
 
Location: Back in the gym...Yo Adrian!
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I haven't been following the rest of the league, but I've noticed that Reyes and Beltran have been playing their asses off for the Mets this season. As it just so happens, they are in the last year of their contract and anticipate negotiations elsewhere. I've always questioned these "injuries" that have kept players like them out for so long and then suddenly they are healthy as horses in the last year of their overpaid contract. Can't wait to get rid of these goldbrickers for some young talent that really wants to play.

Meanwhile, the league and pro sports as a whole, needs to get away from these long term contracts for huge sums of cash. Pay for play, year to year.

Anyone out there seeing the same thing on your respective teams? Which players are performing above average in the last year of their contract after milking injuries for the duration of their contract or playing half-hearted ball in previous seasons?
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Old 06-28-2011, 09:27 AM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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I haven't been following the rest of the league, but I've noticed that Reyes and Beltran have been playing their asses off for the Mets this season. As it just so happens, they are in the last year of their contract and anticipate negotiations elsewhere. I've always questioned these "injuries" that have kept players like them out for so long and then suddenly they are healthy as horses in the last year of their overpaid contract. Can't wait to get rid of these goldbrickers for some young talent that really wants to play.

Meanwhile, the league and pro sports as a whole, needs to get away from these long term contracts for huge sums of cash. Pay for play, year to year.

Anyone out there seeing the same thing on your respective teams? Which players are performing above average in the last year of their contract after milking injuries for the duration of their contract or playing half-hearted ball in previous seasons?
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The Myth Of The Contract Year Slugger - Forbes.com
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But it's pretty much a myth, no more likely to happen than not. Data from Bloomberg's new MLB analytical tool, which is being used by 28 of 30 clubs this year on a free trial basis, shows that on balance, players' production in the walk years of their contracts vary little from the few years that preceded it.
Albert Pujols is in a contract year. There was talk that he might be in line for the biggest contract in baseball history.

Pujols 2001-2010 (per 162 games): 156 games, .331 Average, .426 OBP, .624 SLG, 41 HR, 123 RBI, 4 days missed to injury, .2 DL trips
Pujols 2011 (per 162 games): 149 games, .279 Average, .355 OBP, .500 SLG, 35 HR, 92 RBI. He's currently on the DL with a broken arm and is expected to miss about 2 months of the season.

Do you think that a player would get a bigger contract for playing well and injury free for 5 consecutive seasons or by playing well for 1 season after playing poorly for 4 seasons?
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Old 06-28-2011, 09:37 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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I haven't been following the rest of the league, but I've noticed that Reyes and Beltran have been playing their asses off for the Mets this season. As it just so happens, they are in the last year of their contract and anticipate negotiations elsewhere.
Beltran, after his little disagreement with Met doctors last winter over whether or not he really needed surgery...him I can't comment on. I've had precisely the same suspicion. (At the time, Beltran seemed to indicate that he didn't expect to be playing at Citifield beyond 2011. So far this year, there hasn't been any evidence as to his current thinking).

But using Jose Reyes as an example doesn't work at all. This is the first time in quite a while he's been completely healthy; he's been capable of this production all along. What's he's doing on the field and at the plate this year doesn't come as a surprise to Mets fans. We've just been waiting longer than we wanted to, in order to see it.
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Old 06-28-2011, 12:29 PM
 
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I don't know. This past decade I've seen more "injuries" sideline players than ever before. This is baseball, not football or hockey, yet these guys milk injuries for all they're worth. There were never this many injuries in decades prior. Not sure if it's steroid related with some of these guys or just lack of motivation once they've already signed the $100M+ contract. One can't help to wonder how coincidentally they are healthy as a horse and playing the best ball of their contract during the last year.

I don't question legit injuries such as Pujols, but some of these guys are laid up for weeks for muscle pulls and sprains that I feel are being exploited.
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