The non-fact-based state of free agency and the Colorado Rockies

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 07: A general view of Coors Field before the start of Game Three of the National League Division Series between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Colorado Rockies on October 7, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 07: A general view of Coors Field before the start of Game Three of the National League Division Series between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Colorado Rockies on October 7, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) /
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Jake McGee of the Colorado Rockies
ST. LOUIS, MO – JULY 30: Jake McGee #51 of the Colorado Rockies delivers a pitch against the St. Louis Cardinals in the tenth inning at Busch Stadium on July 30, 2018 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) /

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Final Thoughts

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.

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In fact, they may find themselves on the market again next year.

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