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PhillySpurs

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I'll check back with you in 2029!
It's definitely a gamble. However, the Phillies needed star power. They've done very well this offseason, but getting Machado or Harper was imperative. They have lacked that star power since Utley, Rollins, Howard, Hamels, Halladay, etc. And yes, the deal is long, and for a lot of money, but the average yearly dollars is 25.4, which is pretty cheap for a player of his caliber. I could not be happier.
 

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Wow. Huge gamble by the Phillies. It's funny just a few weeks ago people were complaining that free agents are not getting the deals they deserve. Just crunched the numbers and it averages out at almost 500k/week guaranteed for 13 years. Unless I've misread it none of the money has opt outs or extension options etc it's all guaranteed salary. For the Phillies sake I hope he lives up to his hype!
Yup. No opt outs. Full no trade. No deferred money. Yeah, he will have to produce. However, because he took a deal that is that long, and for less average money per year than Machado, he will be revered in Philly for a very long time.
 

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Wow. Huge gamble by the Phillies. It's funny just a few weeks ago people were complaining that free agents are not getting the deals they deserve. Just crunched the numbers and it averages out at almost 500k/week guaranteed for 13 years. Unless I've misread it none of the money has opt outs or extension options etc it's all guaranteed salary. For the Phillies sake I hope he lives up to his hype!
Same AAV as Ryan Howard's deal. Only 2MM/yr more than Jason Heyward. I'd say the Union has some ammo going into 2021.
 

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Same AAV as Ryan Howard's deal. Only 2MM/yr more than Jason Heyward. I'd say the Union has some ammo going into 2021.
Slightly more per year than Heyward but nearly double the contract length. I'm not saying it's a bad deal, just that it's a high risk one if he picks up an ongoing niggle that sees his numbers drop. Maybe teams have some kind of insurance against the contracts just in case or something?
 

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Baseball coming to London this weekend. Anyone here going? Heard tickets sold out.
 

yankspurs

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Hey guys, I know this is long but a game is not typically this long. MLB just decided to give you the 2 teams where games between them are normally 5 hours.
 

'O Zio

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I didn't watch either of the London games because I was away for the weekend, but from what I've managed to read about it the whole stunt might've backfired a bit for MLB. The first game in particular sounds like it was a bit of a farce and with it dragging on so long I doubt they managed to win over any new fans who were just tuning in to give it a try.

I dunno, they've already announced a Cubs/Cards game over here next year so I guess they're going to push ahead with it anyway. I do find the whole thing pretty odd though. I get that they've seen the success of the NFL over here and are trying to get in on the action a bit, but the difference is the NFL spent years building up a bit of a following in the UK before they then started playing games here. They put the groundwork in and are now reaping the benefits of it. MLB on the other hand seem like they've just announced these games without first building up any kind of baseball following. I dunno, I just don't think at the moment much demand at all for them to play more MLB games in London and it wouldn't surprise me if they do it for a couple of years and then scrap it. I guess we'll have to wait and see.
 

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Watched the games on TV and as there were lots of hits and runs would have thought that made it exciting for a new audience
 

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Watched the games on TV and as there were lots of hits and runs would have thought that made it exciting for a new audience
It depends though. High scores don't always mean it was a good game, especially not if it gets a bit farcical. For example, when you occasionally get football matches that finish e.g. 7-4 or something silly you'll often find its not especially good to watch because it's usually down to the two teams making lots of stupid mistakes/being all over the place. Like I say I didn't watch the games over the weekend but the first one especially sounds like it was a bit farcical. And given how long it went on for I can't imagine many casual observers stuck it out till the end
 
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