This morning it was announced that Bucs Dugout's collective least favorite player, Cryin' Ryan Braun, has signed a 5-year extension with Milwaukee, thus ensuring that he'll be able to infuriate us until 2020.
Ken Rosenthal breaks down the specifics of the deal:
First of all, Braun will receive a $10 million signing bonus. After that, he'll earn the following annual salaries:
2016: $19 million
2017: $19 million
2018: $19 million
2019: $18 million
2020: $16 million
As for 2021, there is a mutual option worth $20 million, with a $4 million buyout. So this contract carries a minimum value of $105 million over five years, and a maximum value of $121 million over six.
Con for Bucs fans: Have to see Braun's face in division games for another nine years.
Pro for Bucs fans: Possibility that at some point in the next nine years we will actually be a better team than the Brewers, and it will be great to watch Braun's face as his team gets trounced.
Con for Bucs fans: Living with the knowledge that Braun gets paid more in a month than most of us will ever see in our lifetimes.
What do you guys think? Good deal for Milwaukee? As much as I hate to say it, Braun's young and crazy good and his skills seem likely to stay pretty steady in the future. And of course, by going so far ahead in the future, they don't have to worry about market inflation. Still, a huge amount of money and a potential millstone if he gets hurt or suddenly ineffective. I'm inclined to call it a pretty good deal for both parties, although the typical risks with any such long-term deal of course apply.