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?

Rangers sign Josh Hamilton to a minor league deal

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The Texas Rangers have signed Josh Hamilton to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Not at all surprising. The Rangers released Hamilton last August, but that was simply to make some room on the 40-man roster. His season was already toast due to the surgery he underwent to repair lateral and meniscus cartilage in his left knee which had the added bonus of revealing that he had an ACL injury as well, which required reconstruction. At the time of his release both he and the Rangers made noises about him coming back on a minor league deal in 2017.

Hamilton turns 36 in May. The smart money has it that his big league career is over, but Hamilton would be silly to retire given that he is owed $30 million this coming season. That the Angels are paying $26.41 million of that makes it far less painful for the Rangers as well. If he can hit in the spring, hey, let him DH some and pay him low money. If not, no skin off of anyone’s nose. He can request a release on April 1 if he hasn’t made the big league roster.

A-Rod to host a reality show featuring broke ex-athletes

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Alex Rodriguez’s transition into retirement has featured a serious move into the business world. He has gone back to school, worked seriously on investments and has started his own corporation. Yes, he’s set for life after making more money than any baseball player in history, but even if his bank account wasn’t fat, you get the sense that he’d be OK given what we’ve seen of his work ethic and savvy in recent years.

He’s going to be getting another paycheck soon, though. For hosting a reality show featuring athletes who are not in as good a financial shape as A-Rod is:

Interesting. Hopefully, like so many other reality shows featuring the formerly rich and famous, this one is not exploitative. Not gonna hold my breath because that’s what that genre is all about, unfortunately, but here’s hoping A-Rod can help some folks with this.