Jon Lester is signing (or maybe he signed already) a 6 year, $155 million deal with the Cubs. Break that down some. Over the last six seasons, Lester has pitched an average of 207 innings. If he averages the same, he will make just under $125,000 PER INNING. How many of us make $125,000 in a year? In two years? He'll make that for getting three batters out. As few as three pitches could do the trick. Yeah, pro sports are out of control.
Agreed on Lester. Bartolo Colon was 15-13 for the Mets this year, having a so so year. If Lester is 17-11, not a bad record for a lefty in Wrigley, that'd be two more games in the standings than Colon. Is that worth $25 million? IMO, in the post steroid era, the way to go is to trade 30+ year olds, get prospects, and when they turn 30, do the same again. In 2013, Matt Harvey started the All Star Game. Now the Mets have the ROTY in deGrom, and Zack Wheeler, who they got for Beltran. Plus, for Cy Young winner, RA Dickey, they got #3 minor league pitcher, Noah Syndergaard(plus their current catcher), who throws 97-98. With those 3 or 4, all making under $1 million, this is a much better approach, IMO. Team control for 4-5 years, then move them for prospects. The Bucs do it right, and some others. I think the Cubs are crazy, and the Phils and Yankees are hopeless. In the post PED's era, there's no 40,50,60 hr guys(Sosa hit 60 three times), so IMO, trade 30+ year olds, don't go for hr guys(there aren't enough of them) and get hitters with high BA's. Striking out 150 times might be okay if you're hitting 35-45 hrs, but if you're hitting 22(or less), it's not worth it. 3rd baseman on the Braves, Johnson, hit 9 hr's with 140-150 K's. Can't win with that. 3 players in the NL hit 30 hr's this year. So why look for them? There aren't any or many. Get a different type of player. IMO, the best players today are guys like Anthony Rendon, Pence, Sandoval, Carpenter. Even a guy like Joe Panik can help a team improve greatly. Sure, there's a Stanton or Trout or Cabrera, but those guys are so rare, and they don't guarantee anything. It's the teams with enough "good" players, not great ones, that win. Good, young pitching is key, IMO.