Major League Baseball has changed a lot over the last decade or so. The biggest change has got to be the amount of money now being offered to free agents, especially the higher caliber players. The market price for a quality starting pitcher in 2017 is probably somewhere north of $100M and while this number is clearly a lot higher than it used to be, it’s just a part of the game. Future players will continuously break the record for having the highest priced contract until the end of time.
Usually, baseball fans lose their minds over the unrealistically large contracts given to average and below-average players. But the main reason that I’m writing about this is because I simply cannot believe the contract that the New York Yankees gave to ex-Brewers slugger Chris Carter this afternoon. As you can tell from the headline, the Yanks and Carter agreed to a 1-year deal worth $3M on Tuesday afternoon. A measly THREE MILLION DOLLARS! That’s pocket change for the Steinbrenners, and any other owner for that matter.
I’m not going to sit here and act like Chris Carter is a superstar or anything even close. He’s actually pretty mediocre when you look at his batting average and OBP. Despite this, I’d like to think that mashing 41 homeruns (T-1st NL), knocking in 94 runs while scoring 84, and playing the field all season is worth a little more than 1-year and $3M. But I guess not. I guess when your strikeout total is almost higher than your batting average, you are only worth 1-year and $3M. And by the looks of it, NYY may have been one of the only teams interested in Carter’s services.
Unlike their former selves, the Yankees front office actually made a pretty smart move for once. They’ve come a long way since the 10-year, $275M Alex Rodriguez deal. And while Chris Carter isn’t going to single-handedly lead the Yanks to a World Series title, he has a pretty good shot at blasting about 80 bombs out of that bandbox Little League stadium in the Bronx next season.