So Uncle Bob's money is burning a hole in our pockets. We're practically itching to spend it for him! Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be much left worth spending it on. What to do? Easy! Just spend it on locking up our homegrown talent for the foreseeable future. What follows are some ideas for extending 2 pre-arbitration players and 2 guys currently under contract. And just because I couldn't resist, I offer an idea for probably the only remaining free agent player I'd feel like sacrificing a draft pick for. Unless otherwise noted, Year 1 = 2014 season.
Starling Marte - 7 years/$29MM (potential for 8 years/$39MM)
Year 1 - $750K
Year 2: $1.25MM
Year 3: $1.5MM
Year 4: $4MM
Year 5: $5.5MM
Year 6: $7.5MM
Year 7: $8MM
Year 8: $10.5MM Club option ($500K buyout)
Gerrit Cole - 8 years/$48.5MM
Year 1: $1MM
Year 2: $2MM
Year 3: $3.5MM
Year 4: $5.5MM
Year 5: $6MM
Year 6: $7MM
Year 7: $9.5MM
Year 8: $14MM
Russell Martin - 2 years/$23MM (potential for 3 years/$34.5MM)
2015 - $10MM
2016 - $11MM
2017 - $13.5MM club option ($2MM buyout)
Andrew McCutchen - 5 years/$91MM
2018: $15MM (former $14.5MM option year converted to guaranteed $15MM year)
Ubaldo Jimenez - 4 years/$56MM (potential for 5 years/$75MM)
Year 1 - $10MM
Year 2 - $13MM
Year 3 - $14MM
Year 4 - $15MM
Year 5 - $19MM club option ($4MM buyout)
$2MM signing bonus payable no more than 30 days after contract approval by commissioner’s office ($500K from each season salary)
So...thoughts? Tried to strike a balance between the money a player would potentially be giving up and the guaranteed security the Pirates would be offering.
You could look at the years tacked on to McCutchen's contract as converting his first deal from 6 years/$51.5MM to 11 years/$141.5MM. The face of the franchise would now be locked up through his age 35 season.
Cole is now controlled through all of his twenties and can still hit free agency being young enough for a big, big payday.
Marte is now under control for all the years his legs are likely to be elite.
Martin being in the fold for 2 more years gives McGuire time to come along.
Jimenez can anchor the rotation and provide a steady, reasonably priced arm who could slot in anywhere from 1-3 depending on how the rest of the pitching is doing at the time.
Also it's worth pointing out that all these contracts are eminently tradeable if the need should ever arise to do so.