TomtheBombadil wrote:Now that he and Boas have folded, inevitable due to leverages, it becomes time to discuss whether extending him is Worth It as far as Value. Bryant is Aging and with Aging comes Declining and only that. From there ever since he won the Golden Spikes, went two in the draft, signed a franchise record deal, won MiL PoY, then ML RoY, and then a NL MVP along with a WS ring over a 4 year span the guy has really struggled to get it going. In the three years since he's averaged what, maybe 4 WAR? What kind of upside, what kind of Value, does a player like that have in his late 20s and (*spits then vomits*) his 30s? The Cubs *need* to get the absolute best possible Value out of this situation. It really disgusts me to see how far behind this franchise has fallen behind the Dodgers among others, and if they lock up Bryant to a deal that drags down payroll for years and years without proper and perfect Value it's pretty much set they'll never surpass Friedman's unprecedented successes over there. Do we want that for the Cubs' Future? Is that the goal? To be some team that spends money to retain their best players *knowing* what that does to the Budget and The Future? To take ourselves out of FAs like Anthony Rendon right off the bat?
Bryant may be willing to extend but perhaps the Cubs should be most willing to say no. They could easily let him hit FA, collect the draft pick, and use that draft pick to go get the next Bryant who would be a dozen years younger and maybe even perhaps have more potential. Some people think age is nothing but a number but Baseball Stats wise it's like the main number along with $/WAR and those are two things Bryant has no shot at being an MVP in
This whole rant is pretty unhinged, but the bolded might be my favorite. He's put up 13.8 WAR in the last three years, which is not a difficult thing to fact check. That's also missing 50ish games in 2018, and sure, I'll even ignore the damage the injuries did while he was playing.
Seriously man, all these weird capitalizations is very Trump-y. Everything alright?