Whitey Herzog warned the Cardinals against signing Matt Holliday today during his Hall of Fame induction press conference. He said that teams should be wary of paying one player too much money and suggested that Matt Holliday maybe isn’t the player on whom to blow the wad. Scott Boras — Holliday’s agent — fired back:
“Congratulations to Whitey on an extraordinary managerial career and
his Hall of Fame selection today. It’s understandable that a man who
was a GM 20 years ago when the revenues were $1 billion – over six
times less than the $6.5 billion revenues of today – questions the
modern-day contract structure. I don’t think modern GMs, particularly Cashman, with a new ring on his finger, characterize
signings like Mark Teixeira – who akin to Holliday [has] achieved near MVP status (both second in
the MVP voting in their career) and taken [his] team to the World
Series – as ‘suicide.’ In addition, I’m sure if Whitey asks Pujols,
[Chris] Carpenter and other Cardinal players, they would confirm the
value of Holliday’s division winning contribution. Again we
congratulate Whitey on his admittance into the Hall of Fame.”
Of course, this is why people don’t like Boras. What danger do Whitey Herzog’s comments present to Matt Holliday’s market value: none. How classless is it to criticize a Hall of Fame inductee who has been out of day-to-day baseball for years for (allegedly) not understanding the nuances of the modern financial structure in baseball? Very.
Pick your battles, Scott. Pick your battles.
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Cubs have signed pitcher Brett Anderson to a contract, pending a physical. Anderson, apparently, impressed the Cubs during a bullpen session held in Arizona recently. According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, the deal is for $3.5 million, but incentives can bring the total value up to $10 million.
Anderson, 28, has only made a total of 53 starts and 12 relief appearances over the past five seasons due to a litany of injuries. This past season, he made just three starts and one relief appearance, yielding 15 runs on 25 hits and four walks with five strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings. The lefty dealt with back, wrist, and blister issues throughout the year.
When he’s healthy, Anderson is a solid arm to have at the back of a starting rotation or in the bullpen. The defending world champion Cubs aren’t risking much in bringing him on board.
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports provides an interesting window into how teams handle a player’s contract after he has died in an accident. It was reported on Sunday that Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura died in a car accident in the Dominican Republic. He had three guaranteed years at a combined $19.25 million as well as two $12 million club options with a $1 million buyout each for the 2020-21 seasons.
What happens to that money? Well, that depends on the results of a toxicology report, Rosenthal explains. If it is revealed that Ventura was driving under the influence, payment to his estate can be nullified. The Royals may still choose to pay his estate some money as a gesture of good will, but they would be under no obligation to do so. However, if Ventura’s death was accidental and not caused by his driving under the influence, then his contract remains fully guaranteed and the Royals would have to pay it towards his estate. The Royals would be reimbursed by insurance for an as yet unknown portion of that contract.
The results of the toxicology report won’t be known for another three weeks, according to Royals GM Dayton Moore. Dominican Republic authorities said that there was no alcohol found at the scene.
Ventura’s situation is different than that of Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, who died in a boating accident this past September. Fernandez was not under contract beyond 2016. He was also legally drunk and cocaine was found in his system after the accident. Still, it is unclear whether or not Fernandez was driving the boat. As a result, his estate will receive an accidental death payment of $1.05 million as well as $450,000 through the players’ standard benefits package, Rosenthal points out.