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Thursday, February 19, 2009
Finally a winter of sensible contracts

As of this morning, the Red Sox hadn't sold out every game this spring. John Henry and Larry Lucchino are talking about salary caps (though Lucchino prefers a more elegant term: "payroll zone"). What is going on this winter? In the Boston Globe, Amalie Benjamin:

I have little doubt that the economy impacted teams' spending this winter. But there's an incredibly fundamental reason for the Red Sox's willingness to spend big on Mark Teixeira (and for the Yankees' willingness to spend bigger): He's worth the money.

If you look at the free-agent contracts that have been signed this winter, what's striking is just how many of them actually reflect the objective value of the player.

In the 23rd century, when robot/human hybrids are zipping about the universe in their star cruisers and "writing" about the grand history of the Galactic Pastime, they're going to write about the winter of 2008-2009 as the moment when the men who ran the sport finally realized that you should pay players what they're actually worth. How terribly radical.