Colin Cowherd: “The Nationals were 11 games better this year without Bryce Harper, the dugout chemistry has never been this good, and every seat in that stadium was sold last night… Tonight the Rays and the A’s play and the Rays have the bottom payroll in baseball and the A’s are 25th. The two highest payrolls, Cubs and Red Sox, didn’t make the playoffs. Did you see how Mike Trout and Manny Machado’s teams did? The Yankees had a great year and their highest paid star, Giancarlo Stanton, barely played. Their MVP [DJ Lemahieu] is a utility guy that hits for average. Seeing a pattern here?? I don’t get these 10-year, $250 million baseball contracts.” (Full Audio at Bottom of Page)
Listen to Colin Cowherd explain why he doesn’t understand baseball’s obsession with 10+ year contracts that have started to become the norm asking price for star players around the league.
Colin says he couldn’t help but notice how the Nationals were one of the baseball’s most surprising teams this season, as the club most were writing off with the loss of Bryce Harper went onto win 93 games, including a sudden death Wild Card Game win over the Brewers on Tuesday.
Harper signed the second largest contract in baseball history when he signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the supposedly upstart Philadelphia Phillies.
Expected to win the NL East, the Phillies vastly underachieved, going .500, and more noticeably, finishing 12 games back of Harper’s former team.
Check out the audio below as Colin explains why these mega contracts are plaguing Major League Baseball right now.