Stephen Strasburg wants a lot of money. So what?

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A reader of my other blog made a wonderful point a few minutes ago, and it goes like this:

For all the roaring of terrible roars about how much Stephen
Strasburg is going to ask for, and all the gnashing of teeth when the
Yankees signed Burnett, Sabathia, and Teixeira, and all the rolling of
terrible eyes when the Red Sox paid $51.1M for Dice-K, the Real Madrid soccer team just offered $131M to sign Cristiano Ronaldo away from Manchester United.
None of that $131M includes what they will actually pay the player.
That’s just what they will have to pay ManU for the right to negotiate
a contract.

I’ll add that that same Real Madrid team spent another $94 million for the rights to another player (a guy named Kaka), the Jets just gave $50 million to a guy who has never taken a snap in pro football and the Lions did the same thing last month.

Strasburg is reportedly asking for $50 million. He could blow the
record bonus out of the water by getting less than half that amount. In
light of what’s going on in other sports, why is everyone so upset with
Strasburg and Boras?

Former number one pick Mark Appel DFA’d by the Phillies

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Life comes at you fast.

The Phillies have designated pitcher Mark Appel for assignment. Appel was the number one overall pick, taken by the Houston Astros, in the 2013 draft before being dealt to the Phillies in 2015. He was selected one slot ahead of Kris Bryant and 31 slots above Aaron Judge, by the way.

Appel, who is somehow already 26, posted a 5.27 ERA and 60/53 K/BB ratio over 82 Triple-A innings in 2017. He’s had a history of bone spurs and other ailments that have hindered his development.

It could still come together for Appel in a new location — the Phillies have seven days to trade or waive him — but at this point you can’t consider him a prospect.