After a nearly 6-year break from writing regularly for the outlet, I’m pleased to announce that beginning today, I am back with a regular column for Baseball Prospectus (while running on Tuesday due to the Holiday, going forward look for articles every Monday morning under the name “Bizball”).
The first piece delves into the Albert Pujols and Jose Reyes signings during the Winter Meetings (see Behavioral Spending: Inside the Back-Loaded Pujols and Reyes Contracts). From the article:
The Pujols deal, in my mind, actually makes more sense. Before you bash me summarily about the head and shoulders, it makes sense from a long-term dollars perspective. Adding arguably the best player in the game today, Arte Moreno may be able to garner hundreds of millions more out of the television deal. Even if Pujols is a shell of his former self in say, five years, having Pujols as a chip to bargain with as part of the TV deal absorbs that loss.
As was the case with the Reyes deal, the Pujols contract is heavily back-loaded. Reportedly, Pujols allowed for the contract to be designed as such to bring in C.J. Wilson. Here’s how the Pujols deal breaks out:
Make sure and swing by the link as I provide year-by-year contract details for each of the 13 free agents that MLB has verified as being signed during the Winter Meetings this past December.
Maury Brown is the Founder and President of the Business of Sports Network, which includes The Biz of Baseball, The Biz of Football, The Biz of Basketball and The Biz of Hockey, and is acontributor to Forbes SportsMoney blog.. He is available as a freelance writer. Brown's full bio is here. He looks forward to your comments via email and can be contacted through the Business of Sports Network (select his name in the dropdown provided).
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