Am I the only one that thinks this is insanely overpaid? Especially when you consider Utley is making roughly $12 million per year and I think he is a far superior player.
I am not trying to say I don’t think Howard is a great player, but wow, he shouldn’t be up in the A-Rod range. How much do you think Pujols is gonna get? The Cardinals have to be crying in the front office right now.
My quess is that this means the Phillies will not be able to resign Jason Werth next season when he goes free-agent and as a Mets fan I love that. Werth is very much part of the gritty heart and sould of the Phils and I will love to see him gone. It also probably means Rollins is gone, but truthfully he seems pretty close to done anyways.
This deal would pay Howard $25 million per year until Howard is 36 years old, that just seems crazy to me. He’s a big dude, I gotta imagine he starts to break down at some point. The fate of the Phils could very well be determined by this contract in the coming years. Wow I just really hate this deal and think it will cripple the Phils eventually, nice!
Rumors coming out of ESPN are that several sources are saying there may be talk between the Philadelphia Phillies and the St Louis Cardinals about a potential swap of the prolific sluggers.
Both sides have flatly denied the rumors and say no talks have taken place nor will they.
The reason the discussion is even taking place is due to the fact that the Cardinals have been unable to lock up Pujols to a long term extension and general opinion is that he will be looking for a mega-deal in the Alex Rodriguez category. Some wonder if St Louis can afford Prince Albert and so perhaps they would entertain a deal like this.
I don’t really understand it myself. St Louis is a great baseball market and a storied franchise, it’s not like they are a poor team. And maybe if they had worries they couldn’t afford keeping their own star player, why would they have spent so damn much for Holliday? Trades like this rarely ever take place, especially straight up like this. I know Howard is a St. Louis guy and considered a local hero there, but I think this is just reaching too far.
I was surprised when I looked at it that Howard is actually older then Pujols too. Just shows you how young Pujols was when he started to tear up the league, I thought he was several years older.
Buster Olney explains several good reasons a deal might make sense, but I just don’t see it happening. It’s interesting stuff to talk about but I’d have serious doubts it would ever happen.