Originally Posted by BigRedChief
Most of those deals you only get one year maybe two past the years the team controls their movements.
If Taveras is as advertised, in 6 years he will want a Pujols sized contract. and the Cardinals will not be in any better financial situation to give him $250-$300 million.
Which is why you try to extend him at the end of year two, thus buying up his age 28-30 years at a discount, and then let some rube like Artie Moreno overpay for his decline years.