Alidar Jarok wrote:
Use of Time wrote:
I expect a ten year deal to Michael Young as the next announcement.
Please don't even joke about that.
I wouldn't be opposed to an extension as part of a contract negotiation. Not sure how I feel about this deal, which is structured in a way that could potentially be very expensive.
be, but Utley hasn't hit 500 PA in a season since like 2009, so those vesting options aren't a huge risk.
It's a deal that might make sense for a team that is in its contention window, where Utley is that last piece and you have a strong secondary option. In the context of a team that has about $110 million committed in 2014 before Utley, for a base of talent that probably won't be any good and will be playing Freddy Galvis when Utley inevitably goes down, it's kind of a disaster.
It's also a loud and clear sign that Rube has no long-term strategy in place whatsoever. The team seems like it desperately wants to keep the deteriorating 2007 - 2011 core together and turn back time. If you really
want to do that (you shouldn't), you should be going all-in and signing Cano, one or two of the big gun outfielders, a pitcher or two, and then maybe
you talk about bringing Utley back as a complementary piece for third and / or first. Otherwise, you should probably be selling hard
, and that probably needed to start at the deadline, which probably means you no longer have Utley to extend because you've traded him. The half-measure where you stand pat, extend Utley, and pretend that Darin Ruf, Maikel Franco, and Jesse Biddle are near-term answers is a great way to become the dumpster fire that has been the Mariners for the last decade.
Rube gonna Rube.