For those of you under a certain age, the answer is no, these aren’t two sleeper prospects for your 2019 Fantasy Baseball roster. In 1953, Clyde McPhatter was the lead singer of the Drifters when they recorded “Money Honey” (later covered by Elvis Presley). Not to be confused with the Lady Gaga song, it’s lyrics include…
Well, I learned my lesson and now I know–
The sun may shine and the wind may blow–
Women may come, and the women may go,
But before I say I love ’em so,
I want–money, honey!
If you wanna get along with me.
The fledgling Motown Records was provided with important capital when Barrett Strong hit the charts in 1960 with “Money, That’s What I Want” (later covered by the Beatles).
The best things in life are free–
But you can keep ’em for the birds and bees,
Now give me money, (that’s what I want), that’s what I want.
As this off-season seems to be slow for free agent signings and there are even whispers of collusion, a look at the landscape tells you that clubs are wary of long-term deals. Only three major league free agents have signed contracts that exceed three years…Patrick Corbin (6 x $23 Million), Nate Eovaldi (4x $17 Million) and A.J. Pollock (4 x $14 Million). So, let’s give you an opportunity to once again be a General Manager. Based on some minimal research, it appears that there are about 15 current major league players who are already under contract to make at least $20 Million for the 2022 season. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to determine which of these players you would really want on your roster in 2022 at these prices. The figures represent the average salary of a long-term deal. The player’s age for that season is listed to help with your analysis. As you read the names and think, “This guy is on the downside of his career”, remember that three more full seasons need to be played before these salaries come due. And when you wonder why the 2019 market seems soft, this history may certainly be a factor.
> David Price, age 36, $32 Million
> Miguel Cabrera, age 38, $32 Million
> Jose Altuve, age 31, $29 Million
> Giancarlo Stanton, age 32, $29 Million
> Justin Upton, age 34, $28 Million
> Joey Votto, age 38, $25 Million
> Jason Heyward, age 32, $24.5 Million
> Robinson Cano, age 39, $24 Million
> Wil Myers, age 31, $22.5 Million
> Johnny Cueto, age 36, $22 Million
> Buster Posey, age 34, $22 Million
> Charlie Blackmon, age 35, $21.3 Million
> Chris Davis, age 35, $21.1 Million
> Eric Hosmer, age 32, $21 Million
> Jake Arrieta, age 35, $20 Million
Also above the $15 Million threshold are Evan Longoria, J.D. Martinez, Yu Darvish, Lorenzo Cain, Aaron Nola and Stephen Strasburg.
OK, GM…how many of these paupers are on your team in 2022? More than five? Of course, it’s an easier commitment when you don’t have to write the check.
Wow, this is almost as difficult as owning a Fantasy team. My dilemma in March is deciding how many contract years to extend Blake Snell.