Originally Posted by Jewish Rabbi
5 years, $97.5 million for Wainwright.
Jesus. Think we may have overpaid.
If you want to live up to the first part of your user name and extract every drop of financial value out of every transaction, you can certainly make that case.
Nevertheless, I don't believe that it's anathema to slightly overpay your guys who have been good soldiers, dependable players and great teammates. If anything, I think it sets a good example for the rest of the locker room, and it's an entirely different notion than dropping the same bank for a player as a FA.
Ironically enough, despite my hate for Pioli and all things Patriot, there is some merit to the idea of a winning culture. Where Pioli got it wrong was in the assumption that old brokedicks, locker room snitches, and Gestapo tactics is what made it. It's not. It comes from having guys like Tom Brady, Chris Carpenter, and Adam Wainwright.
Look at what the latter two did for our young pitchers this offseason. There's real value in that that can never be measured on a Fangraphs page of what the player would receive in a FA market where everyone is overpaid as a consequence of the market's inherent irrationality.