craig wrote:CaliforniaRaisin wrote:This doesn't appear to be behind the paywall: https://theathletic.com/189473/2017/12/ ... st-option/
Thanks, cal, that's a good article.
What struck me as most interesting was this part:It's that desire to stay under the luxury tax this year that may be depressing Darvish's market in general. Usual big spenders like the Dodgers and New York Yankees are dangerously close to going back over the tax for 2018, which they would prefer not to do. Staying under would allow them to avoid the suddenly harsh penalties that come with being a repeat offender. They're doing all this with their eyes squarely set on being aggressive next winter when big names like Bryce Harper, Manny Machado and others will be available.
That leaves the Houston Astros and Minnesota Twins as the two biggest competitors for Darvish's services, two teams hardly known for their financial might. Suddenly, the artificial salary cap is giving the Cubs an opportunity to pounce on a target once deemed too expensive or unattainable.
Not sure how subtracting Dodgers and Yankees reduces it to Twins and Astros, but Sharma is smart and it's his job to think and analyze, so perhaps he's right.
Beats me. Why not Cardinals or Giants, or Rangers or Rockies or DBacks or Red Sox or Washington or Angels or Seattle? Beats me, I don't know everybody's payrolls or team priorities.... But I'm hoping this is kinda correct, that for whatever confluence of circumstances, that Darvish's market just hasn't gone wild, and you've got a good shot to get a decent-value deal.
I don't think that part is his opinion or analysis. The Astros and Twins are just the other teams rumored to be interested, IIRC.