This week on MLB Network Radio, Jim Bowden took aim at MLB teams that have signed free agents to long-term, lucrative deals the past few seasons.
Bowden kicked off his criticism of MLB front offices by praising the New York Yankees for letting Robinson Cano head to the West Coast.
I don’t look at it as a black mark. I look at is as a gold star. To be able to walk away from 10 years and $240 million, and not put another bad contract on the Yankees’ books that they have the deal with in 2020, ’21, ’22 and ’23. Brian Cashman walking away from Cano, saying, “You know what? We’ll go do McCann, Beltran and Ellsbury instead.” I don’t have a problem with that, and I didn’t have a problem with them walking away from a contract with that magnitude. They’re not gonna have happy endings. The Albert Pujols one will not have a happy ending with the Angels. The Prince Fielder back-end will not have a happy ending in Texas. They’re just not good business deals in my opinion. So for the Yankees, if Seattle wants to go be absurd again, and they wanna go nine years, $180 million for [Masahiro] Tanaka? Then I hope the Yankees get another gold star and just walk away and figure it out another way. Because I think this irrational spending that clubs are doing is an embarrassment. And I think it’s gotta stop.
Bowden’s suggestion for teams tempted to offer decade-long contracts? Take a look at the defending World Series champs.
Inside Pitch with Casey Stern and Jim Bowden airs weekdays at 2 pm ET on MLB Network Radio, Sirius channel 209 and XM channel 89.
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