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Posted by Jeremy on 2/12/2018, 12:16 pm, in reply to "Re: Whew "
I wouldn't really call it an overpay. If I'm not mistaken Lester at about the same age got 6/150 IIRC. You always pay top $ for what many consider an ace. Im not personally a fan of Darvish and think he's on the slide of his career. At some point though if you want a frontline arm youre going to have to overpay in either salary or prospects. Often times when you buy a FA arm, the $ spent initially is worth the investment but the back half of the contract is where you can cripple a bit. A team like the Cubs can bury that investment, whereas the Brewers cant. It sounds he has an opt out after 2 years. It's very possible if he throws well he opts out for more money later, could be wrong but 21 million per year isn't much of any overpay by todays standards. Brewers just spent 16 per year on a CF who has injury concerns, while good still a risk.
The more important thing we need to consider if we must sell Santana while his value will be at its peak. I don't think he reproduces as he did last season, have to find the right trade and upgrade this team elsewhere at the right cost.