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So, Evan Longoria isn’t happy because other players that haven’t received contracts that have ripped owners off and, as a result, hurt their team and hurt the fans, as they don’t get to see a winning team. The problem that he and Bryant have neglected to see is my earlier point: other players are getting paid earlier in their career when they are better.
And with these cheaper free agent contracts for top flight free agents (“cheaper” being a relative term), that have stayed fairly level in the past few years, other middle market teams, like the Colorado Rockies, can afford them. That doesn’t mean that they will pan out (as the contracts for Jake McGee, Bryan Shaw, and Mike Dunn have not panned out, at least thus far) but that is a risk that teams take.
The days of the 10-year contracts are gone because owners and front office executives have learned from their mistakes. However, if the players and agents don’t learn from the mistakes of the owners or take advantage of the mistakes that are made by owners, they will be left without a contract that is the most lucrative or the longest.
In fact, they may find themselves on the market again next year.