Yesterday when I first heard that the contract was back loaded I thought that the Marlins owner was doing estate planning and intended to sell within a few years or until the contract started to benefit the player and not the owner. The owner doesn't care if there are big bucks owed in several years if he does not expect to be the owner when stuff hits the fan.
I continue to be amazed at how many otherwise intelligent and educated people assure us that:
1. player compensation will only increase
2. TV revenue will only increase
3. contracts are iron clad
4. the money owed to players in the distant future is assured because it's in the contract.
Sounds like real estate and/or finance.
|Bryce Harper April 2013|
In 2014 Stanton received $6.5 million. In 2015, the first year of the new 13 year contract, Stanton will receive $6.5 million. Say what? Same pay after an MVP quality season. No raise. What the heck?
Stanton thinks this will let the team add good players so that they can build a winner. Or it could be that Stanton is being played for a fool. Then Stanton gets $9 million in 2016, then $14.4 million. Then in 2018 at age 28 Stanton starts to receive pay that ranges between $25 and $32 million through 2028, age 38. Here is Stanton's pay schedule followed by that for other prominent players, including Bryce Harper who is not yet eligible for salary arbitration and has yet to sign a big extension:
|2020||30||Miami Marlins||$26,000,000||may opt out of contract following 2020 season|
|2015||23||Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim||$5,250,000|
|2016||24||Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim||$15,250,000|
|2017||25||Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim||$19,250,000|
|2018||26||Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim||$33,250,000|
|2019||27||Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim||$33,250,000|
|2020||28||Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim||$33,250,000|
|2015||35||Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim||$24,000,000|
|2016||36||Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim||$25,000,000|
|2017||37||Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim||$26,000,000|
|2018||38||Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim||$27,000,000|
|2019||39||Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim||$28,000,000|
|2020||40||Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim||$29,000,000|
|2021||41||Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim||$30,000,000|
|Earliest Arb Eligible: 2016, Earliest Free Agent: 2019|
|Career to date (may be incomplete)||$5,150,000||Does not include future salaries ($2.25M)|
Trout $32 million
Cabrera $30 million
Cabrera $30 million
Pujols $27 million
Stanton $25 million
Harper ???; last year before free agency