Catching up with Matt Sosnick

IIATMS: Nolasco has been in the rumor mill for a while now and has reportedly been attracting a great deal of interest. Now, with his three year deal, he’ll be able to focus on remaining in FLA and less worrying about being traded. Was this deal more about security or more about Nolasco’s desire to remain in Florida, where clearly, there’s a bit of uncertainty about spending?

  • MS: Nolasco’s deal was about both. He is very comfortable in Florida and believes the organization is going in the right direction. He also understands that he was still under team control for two more years, so the deal provides a nice guarantee for a guy who had a bit of a freak injury at the end of the year and understands the value of a guarantee. The security, combined with the comfort and familiarity of south Florida made this deal work.

IIATMS: One of your most exciting players, Kyle Blanks (with me and my boys in the picture to the right), had a very rough 2010 with a slow start followed by Tommy John surgery. With the trade of Adrian Gonzalez to Boston, do you think Blanks will be asked to transition to first base and what are Kyle’s thoughts on this idea?

  • MS: Kyle is willing to do whatever he can to help the Padres compete. Obviously there is a comfort level with him at first base, but he handled himself well in LF and would be fine returning to the outfield. We expect him to develop into one of the game’s elite players.

IIATMS: What’s the latest on Willingham and Sanchez? Can we expect something before the calendar turns?

  • MS: Both players have interest in extensions, but these things take time.

IIATMS: More of a macro question… it has been quite the memorable offseason with Boston’s two huge acquisitions, Phillies’ surprise acquisition of Cliff Lee and the WhiteSox double dip of Dunn and Konerko. Detroit, too, has been aggressive while the Yanks have come up uncharactaristically empty. What takeaways do you have from the 2010 offseason?

  • MS: I think this off-season shows that the game is very healthy from a financial standpoint.

Thanks again to Matt Sosnick for taking the time to chat with us. I remain eternally grateful for Matt’s contributions to this site via interviews with him and his clients. Behind the scenes, he’s been even better, unfailingly responding to requests for memorabilia for charitable fund-raising activities or just general counsel about this great game.

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2 thoughts on “Catching up with Matt Sosnick

  1. The problem with these deals is that they work against the player over time, unlike the typical free agent deal. In most free agent signings, the team takes the chance that the player will not be healthy or good at the end of his contract, which is where much of the money is. The odds are high that either the player will NOT be worth his contract by the end or will be just barely worth it. There is little chance that he will be getting less than he could if he were a free agent. This kind of contract (Bruce, Ryan Braun) where the player gets money sooner in eschange for a contract that is more and more team friendly over time, has the opposite effect. By the end of the contract, unless the player has suffered some major injury or unexpected early loss of ability, it is virtually certain that he will be underpaid relative to the current market. This is an unhappy situation. The club can point out all they want that the guy voluntarily took the contract and that he was paid more up front than he would have been otherwise, but its human nature to feel bad about being underpaid and when the player feels bad about his contract, good things tend not to happen. Or talk of "renegotiation" starts to surface.