Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Newsletter Excerpt, February 3, 2021 -- "Nolan Arenado and the Cardinals"

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"Molina and the Cardinals are roughly where Derek Jeter and the Yankees were after the 2011 season: A declining great player wants to be paid as if only one of those adjectives were true, while it is clear that the player has more value to the team with which he’s spent his whole career than with any other. Jeter eventually squeezed three years and $51 million from the Yankees and was not a good player on his way out of the league. Molina won’t get nearly that much, but the dynamic is much the same. The player wants to be paid commensurate with his status, but his status applies only in one city. The team doesn’t want to pay for past performance."