According to Bob Nightingale, the Marlins attempted to match Alex Rodriguez‘s second contract (grrrr, don’t get me started) with a similarly sized deal. Instead, Albert opted for ARod’s first deal:
My dearest Marlins fan(s), you will not regret Albert taking this deal. You would, however regret it in about year five, just as Albert’s 10-5 clause will kick in. However, given that Albert Almighty left some $20-25M on the table, he gets the first 2011 anti-IIATMS selection.
At least this guy just came out and said it, which I dig:
“If it was about the money, I’d be a Florida Marlin.”
Evidently, the Marlins were willing to go to $100M for Wilson, which in corporate finance terms, is called “bat-shit crazy”. Your newer text book might refer to it as something else. Nonetheless, props to Wilson for taking what appears to be a lesser offer to draft behind the Pujols big-rig.
Ladies and gents, please welcome these two highly compensated, incredibly talented, yet somehow fiscally modest (OK, I can’t even type this with a straight face) to the Anti-IIATMS Hall of Fame.
And to the rest of MLB’s fans, you can take your “competitive balance” cries and stuff ’em.
And a final post script… I cannot help but wonder what Jeffrey Loria’s plans are for this team. Given his history as a sketchy fellow, I can envision a scenario where he sells this team within a few years, just as these bills start to add up and attendance is waning. This reeks of a “pump-and-dump” and stockbrokers go to jail for that sorta thing. I know he had to have been squirreling away all of his revenue sharing and luxury tax revenues since the 2003 sell-off, but I’m not certain the piper will be adequately paid. Said differently, this feels like someone buying a very expensive house and soon realizing they can’t afford the taxes and the upkeep. Something’s fishy, very feeshy.