Ok...so it looks like it's a done deal. $160 Million over 7 freaking years. Good lord.
Good for CC. Good for any man really. Nobody knows the specifics of the contract or anything, but the big fella was basically handed a pen and told..."if you sign here, and don't retire or anything...uhhh...you get $160 Million dollars over the next 7 years." Quite frankly, there's not much you can do when you think about in simple terms.
And you know what? If I were running the Brewers, I would laugh at that figure. Melvin probably heard the offer, and sent a text to CC saying: "Thx for the ride, enjoy the money, take me out to lunch next time you're in town."
Let's play with the numbers some more. 7 years $160 Million. We've got Braun under contract for the next 7 years too...but at ONE FOURTH OF THE PRICE!
The Yankees wanted him. They got him. They overpaid for him. They can absorb the wasted money if he goes down.
The Brewers obviously wanted him. They made a damn good offer for a ridiculous price, and it wasn't enough. Even if CC would have taken our 5 year, $100 Million deal, he still would have accounted for 25% of our payroll. If he would have went down, the Brewers wouldn't have been able to absorb that kind of hit and their ability on the field would be severely diminished.
Am I happy CC won't be pitching for us anymore? Hell no. But I'm also realistic. Now that all this is over, I find myself actually breathing a small sigh of relief that he didn't take the deal. The risk was just too high. I want the Brewers to remain competitive every year. The thought of one player taking up such a huge chunk of payroll and then going down with injury would just be devastating.
Stay the course Doug & Mark. Keep the nucleus in place. Keep plugging in gaps with well priced veterans (see: Mike Lamb & Jason Coffey).
We now need 1 starter. Get to work.