The Detroit Tigers decided to lock up the best hitter in baseball for the rest of his career, you know, in case you haven't heard. If you haven't heard, then you probably missed or didn't understand where all the outrage over massive contracts and reckless spending was coming from over the past 24 hours from so many "anonymous" baseball sources. Well, now, on the second day, some national sportswriters have decided to fire back.
Jon Paul Morosi writes that Cabrera has become the new face of baseball and while you can argue the logistics of such a deal given to a player about to turn the wrong side of 30, you cannot deny that in a city a devastated and poverty stricken as Detroit, baseball is booming and their owner Mike Illitch, stepped up to the plate again and paid his start what the market price is dictating.
Jon Heyman offers the best rebuttal to all the naysayers when he basically calls out all the sportswriters that suddenly turned into economists overnight and lined up in droves to piss on the deal and call into question the intelligence of the Tigers and their executives and owner. Heyman dares to take the stance that, amidst all the citing of failed long term contracts, a) Miguel Cabrera is a very very very special player, on part with Hank Aaron and other greats, and B) the Tigers do have some history of long term deals that worked out for them.
For all the "outrage" over the magnitude of Cabrera's new deal, its been overlooked on a national level that, this is the results of the current baseball market. Many BYB members have pointed out that this is the results of where the free agency market has taken baseball over the past decade. When players such as Phil Hughes, Jason Vargas, and Ricky Nolasco, are able to secure significant big money deals while putting up numbers far inferior to their peers making similar money, this creates the kind of leverage for the elite to ask for the moon. Yet, only when the elite get paid their current market worth, is there large scale outrage.
So, while everyone outside of Detroit is lining up to scorn this deal as bad for the business and a horrible mistake, take heart in the facts that not every big deal goes bad, and this is not as crazy or as outrageous as the nay-sayers make it out to be.