I finally worked a terrible pun into the title! I feel that I have engaged in quite a bit of punnery (if that isn’t a word, it should be) with my titles, but I have never before created something capable of making most everyone roll their eyes – and I did it while remaining on-topic. No need to congratulate me.
Moving on. For those of you who have not yet heard the latest craziness to emerge from the death throes of the current incarnation of international free agency, the Cubs have inked Jorge Soler to a nine-year, $30 MM deal. Joel Sherman broke the story, if tweeting the news is considered ‘breaking,’ and Jon Heyman added some specifics here and here. Keith Law noted that there is an opt-out clause, of sorts, once Soler becomes arbitration eligible (though he will remain property of the Cubs through his arbitration years regardless).
In my mind, this is a lost opportunity for the Yankees, one that may hurt quite a bit as we move deeper into the new era of drafting and international free agency (and I would be remiss to not mention an international draft). Back in February, Kevin Goldstein mentioned that Soler would have ranked as a top-40 prospect had he been eligible at the time, and Jim Callis of Baseball America believes him to be a top-50 talent. The Cubs, of course, may not have had a breaking point in their bidding, so it stands to reason that the Yankees never really stood much of a chance. And, of course, $30 MM is a hell of a lot of money for an unproven talent.
With this sort of situation, there really isn’t a right or wrong answer – though, again, logic probably dictates it’s risky to give even $10 MM to an unproven talent. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t have a good old-fashioned debate. Where do you stand on the contract?
And please, don’t compare Cespedes, Darvish, or Soler to any amateur draft prospect, as they are not subject to a league-wide bidding war.
Onto the line-ups:
|New York Yankees||Atlanta Braves|
|Derek Jeter, SS||Michael Bourn, CF|
|Curtis Granderson, CF||Martin Prado, LF|
|Alex Rodriguez, 3B||Brian McCann, C|
|Robinson Cano, 2B||Dan Uggla, 2B|
|Mark Teixeira, 1B||Freddie Freeman, 1B|
|Raul Ibanez, LF||Chipper Jones, 3B|
|Nick Swisher, RF||Jason Heyward, RF|
|Russell Martin, C||Andrelton Simmons, SS|
|Ivan Nova, SP||Randall Delgado, SP|
The first pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m., on the YES Network. Let’s go Yankees!
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