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Braun is good, but is he $21 million a year good?

Posted on: April 21, 2011 8:10 pm
Edited on: April 22, 2011 12:18 am
 
Every year he's played in the big leagues, Ryan Braun has been listed on at least one MVP ballot.

He's good. But is he $21 million a year good?

Is he so good that the Brewers should have extended his contract for five years, 4 1/2 years before his current deal expires?

I'm happy for Braun, one of the good guys in the game. But I understand why eyebrows are being raised around the game about his new five-year, $105 million contract, which doesn't even kick in until the 2016 season.

I also understand how dangerous it can be for a mid-market team to wait before trying to sign a star player to an extension.

Look what happened with Albert Pujols.

The Rockies had exactly that in mind when they extended Troy Tulowitzki's contract last winter, when Tulowitzki still had three years plus a club option remaining on his previous deal. If they waited, the Rockies worried, their franchise player might just get too expensive for them to keep, or too tempted by free agency.

Tulowitzki became the first big-league player signed through 2020. Now Braun is the second.

If Tulowitzki wins an MVP or two between now and 2014, when the new part of his deal kicks in, he could easily be worth more than the $20 million per year (from 2015-2019) that the Rockies signed him for. Same goes for Braun, whose new deal has an average annual value of $21 million.

But even if the Tulowitzki and Braun deals look team-friendly by then, they're not bad deals for the player. Not at all.

For one thing, they get security, and get paid even if they get hurt or don't perform. For another, they get more money up front. Braun's new deal included a $10 million signing bonus.

It's still a ton of money for a player the Brewers could have waited a year or two to extend. The $21 million average annual value is the second-highest ever for an outfielder, behind Manny Ramirez's two-year, $45 million deal with the Dodgers.

Braun is very good, one of just seven players to start the last two All-Star Games.

Is he good enough to warrant this big a commitment, good enough that the Brewers had to sign him to an extension with 4 1/2 years to spare?

Obviously, the Brewers thought so.


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Since: Nov 19, 2011
Posted on: December 3, 2011 3:08 pm
 

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Since: Nov 27, 2011
Posted on: November 27, 2011 8:34 pm
 

Braun is good, but is he $21 million a year good?



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Since: Oct 21, 2011
Posted on: October 22, 2011 3:27 am
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Since: Dec 22, 2006
Posted on: April 22, 2011 5:30 pm
 

Braun is good, but is he $21 million a year good?

You're comparison is far off SomeTimeFan.  Braun's salary jumps to these numbers in approximately 5 years from now.  From now until then, he's making about $7million/year.  Pretty good deal for the Brewers with those numbers you yourself just broke down for all of us.  BTY, who the hell is comparing him to Albert in the mainstream media?  Nobody here in Milwaukee is.  If you have a beef with anybody, go rant about Carl Crawford making those dollars this year!



Since: Dec 22, 2006
Posted on: April 22, 2011 5:25 pm
 

Braun is good, but is he $21 million a year good?

Isn't Carl Crawford making $20 million/year NOW?  I think that base salary in 5 years for Braun may just be a bargain. 



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