Re: No chance of burning your fingers on this STOVE ................
posted at 11/26/2012 1:56 AM EST
In response to EnchiladaT's comment:
Maybe that is why salaries are so high ... because it is an un-written rule that you MUST sign free-agents every year. We just had to unload our two biggest signings last summer if you recall. When someone like Napoli talks 4 years then you walk away, simple.
And sorry but Swisher sucks in my opinion.
Greinke is not the pitcher spend money on.. we should try to trade for someone who costs less, but who can help us for many years going forward. Never forget that we can afford to sign anyone we want, so trading for a pitcher and seeing how he performs at Fenway before you give him a large extension is a luxury we have and most teams do not.
Not so much an unwritten rule, but it certainly is a demand from the fans.
Free agency is not a good thing, and never will be. It really serves two purposes. 1 - its PR. It is a public show to your fanbase you want to win. After all, nothjing says commitment like a 4 year multimillion dollar contract. and 2 - it keeps the plauers union from filing lawsuits. Every time there is a 48 hour stretch with n free agent signings, you can bet a pool of agents will get together and start throwing around the "C" word.
The thing about free agents is, the guys who cost the most and are the most likely to succeed will soon turn into the biggest busts. Look at A-Rod. And we should all be in "wait and see" mdoe with Pujols and Votto, too. No way either player lives up to those deals.
Four years on Swisher and/or Napoli? I do either assuming money is not unreasonable. What is Napoli saking for?