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Why would any team refuse a player opt out? Hell, I probably wouldn't even let them finish the sentence before agreeing to it.
McCoy: Do you understand how player options work? The player is only going to exercise it if the free agent market wouldn't bring him anything close to the same value. i.e., if he's already pretty much finished as a useful player.
But what's just as likely is that Tanaka is the next Matsuzaka and/or blows out his arm. Then you're on the hook for an extra 3/70 of dead money. So either he's productive and you end up signing him to a massive mistake contract four years from now, or he's not and you're stuck with "only" the 3/70 of dead money.
If I sign him to a 10 year 260 million dollar no opt out deal I'm on the hook for him no matter what so the whole he's finished as a useful player angle is meaningless. I'm screwed regardless of the opt out.
A team would much rather sign the player to a straight-out 7/155 contract. It is very obvious why this is true, just as it's obvious why players and agents love player options so much.
if Tanaka is so freaking awesome that he opts out the Yankees would much rather have just had him locked up for another few years.
You do realize that if he opts out it's because he's freaking awesome right? There is zero upside for the Yankees.
How do you not see how invaluable this could've been for the freakin Yankees with Alex Rodriguez or (in all likelihood) Sabathia?
IF Tanaka is so freaking awesome that he opts out then I say thank you for the four years and I hope you like the next town.
I feel like I'm in bizarro espn board land right now. Dude, you think 800 OPS AROD would have opted out of his deal? Of course not.
And if the Yankees would have had to give him 10/280 million or 4/175 million to get rid of the optout is it still a bad risk?
There is no such thing as a bargain premiere free agent. The need to get a "deal" should be the last thing on any team's mind. Every single team should know going into any discussion with one of these free agents is that they are going to lose on the deal.
I'm not talking cubs top 10, I'm talking mlb top 10.
Bryant also went on to win the MVP in the afl, a league which usually is littered with top hitting prospects
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