- Dec 7, 2008
I'm pretty sure signing some relievers to 1 or 2 year deals had nothing to do with them not signing someone to a long term mega contract. Part of the way I know is that even after signing those guys they still were trying to get Bogaerts.Put another way I think a ’pen of Touki Toussaint, Josh James, Delois Guerra, Jared Koenig, Guillermo Heredia, and Alan Rangel (I just started with the top of the alphabet of teams for non-tendered FAs) is pretty much equally likely to be good or suck as Martin, Barnes, Rodriguez, Taylor, Brasier and Schrieber. But one costs you ~ $25m against the Luxury Tax threshold. The other costs you ~ $4.2m AND allows you to sign a player like Bassitt, Senga, Tallion or Eovaldi if you want another starter or to have retained Bogaerts or have gone after Turner, Correa, etc instead.
Choice here would have been Bogaerts, but literally any of them over spending on the middle and bottom of the bullpen.