Why team-friendly deals make sense
April, 10, 2014
By Buster Olney | ESPN.com
AP Photo/Orlin WagnerRays starter Matt Moore left Monday's game early with elbow soreness.The Rays aren’t sure whether starter Matt Moore will need surgery, as Marc Topkin writes. But given what we saw the other night, with Moore recoiling from a pitch the way that Braves starter Kris Medlen did in March, it would surprise no one if it turns out he faces Tommy John surgery, and an uncertain future.
Looking back, it’s a good thing Moore signed that $14 million deal back in 2011.
Many of baseball’s best young players have been taking deals that buy out their first or second years of free agency, with an option year or two attached. Chris Archer did this recently, locking himself into a six-year deal that could become an eight-year deal and guarantees him $25.5 million. So did the Pirates' Starling Marte, who signed a six-year, $31 million deal.
This has spurred a lot of debate within the industry if the players are conceding too much, if they are leaving money on the table.