Don wrote:I am high on Vlad the player, but not with that price tag. He can take that phantom offer of 8 million and play in the Korean league. His second half OPS was so poor that he should not even command a quarter of the deal, which is why I think McPhail made a good offer of 3 million for him. Take it or leave it, he is no place to demand any deal at this point.
This signing is a fair market value where he makes money with performances. I have always liked performanced based contracts and all of sports should follow that type of format. If he comes in this season with 30 starts, it is rather worth the 4.5 million tag.
Well yes while Vlad did have a pretty poor 2nd half, he brings a lot more than numbers to the party. Vlad would give us instant credability and a player that instills fear in the opposing pitcher. A .300 hitter with huge power that can literally hit a pitch that bounces or one that ends up over his head. And with a possible 3-6 of Lee, Vlad, Scott and Reynolds, the rest of the lineup will benefit from better pitches to hit. Jones and Wieters could put up huge numbers as the 7 and 8 hitters and imagine what Nick could do batting 2nd. It just makes the whole lineup better.
I dont think the front office has to make this move but i think it would make the lineup potent.