David Robertson wants “Jonathan Papelbon money”

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Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York reports that free agent closer David Robertson is looking for “Papelbon money.” Which, when taken literally, means money that’s a tad lunkheaded and likes to grab its crotch. Financially speaking, that’s $50 million over four years.

Robertson was already offered a one-year deal at the highest single-year salary a closer would have ever received — $15.3 million in the form of the Yankees’ qualifying offer — but he has his sights set on bigger things. Can he get it, though? Unlike Papelbon, anyone who signs Robertson will have to give up a first round pick.

Robertson has a 2.74 ERA and a fantastic strikeout rate over his seven seasons as a Yankees reliever. But it’s gonna be awful hard for him to get someone to give him $50 million, I think.

 

Jim Crane thought the heat over sign-stealing would blow over by spring training

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The Astros’ sign-stealing story broke in November, a steady drumbeat of coverage of it lasted through December and into January, when Rob Manfred’s report came out about it. The report was damning and, in its wake, Houston’s manager and general manger were both suspended and then fired.

After that a steady stream of media reports came out which not only made the whole affair seem even worse than Manfred’s report suggested, but which also suggested that, on some level, Major League Baseball had bungled it all and it was even worse than it had first seemed.

Rather than Manfred and the Astros putting this all behind them, the story grew. As it grew, both the Red Sox and Mets fired their managers and, in a few isolated media appearances, Astros’ players seemed ill-prepared for questions on it all. Once spring training began the Astros made even worse public appearances and, for the past week and change, each day has given us a new player or three angrily speaking out about how mad they are at the Astros and how poorly they’ve handled all of this.

Why have they handled it so poorly? As always, look to poor leadership:

Guess not.

In other news, Crane was — and I am not making this up — recently named the Houston Sports Executive of the Year. An award he has totally, totally earned, right?