Christmas is over and it’s almost 2014, so there’s that. But baseball is still a long ways away. If you’re anything like me, the time between the conclusion of the World Series and the reporting of pitchers and catchers is purgatory on Earth. I don’t watch football, basketball, or hockey, so those four months or so are slow and seemingly take forever. I find myself passing the time pawing around on MLB.com or MLB’s YouTube channel just watching random highlights.
When Ryan Howard signed that five-year, $125 million contract extension back in April 2010, many proponents said at the time that it would look comparatively cheap once Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder got their big contracts, plus inflation would balloon future contracts, too. And that wasn’t altogether incorrect. Pujols signed a ten-year, $240 million contract with the Angels and year two (2013) was just no fun for them as the future Hall of Famer dealt with injuries and diminished effectiveness. Fielder, now a Ranger, signed a nine-year, $214 million contract with the Tigers in January 2012. Joey Votto also signed an extension with the Reds in early April 2012 worth $225 million over ten years.