treebird wrote:I’ve seen a bunch of people on Twitter (including Brett) saying “ohhh, this explains why he was in such a rush to come over.”
Is there a reasonable way to connect the dots there that I’m missing? Even if he somehow thought he had one pitch left before his elbow snaps, wouldn’t that just make it easier to wait until he hit free agency in a couple years? He’d still blow that 2 million dollar bonus out of the water. Is there some incredible gap in elbow/tjs treatment/recovery between the two countries?
He would have made a crapton more money to get his tjs done, miss 2018, pitch to capability in 2019 in Japan and come over at pretty much the same $200M pitcher after that. In those two years, he would have made millions in Japan in addition to the bigger salary when coming over the US.