Don wrote:Is it wise to buy out some position players arbitration years to hedge against future success?
Putting on your GM hat, does it make some sense to talk long term deals with Adam Jones, Matt Wieters, and maybe Brian Matusz?
With players you really want to hang onto and build around? Yes, Absolutely!
With Matt Wieters, he is already an above average Catcher. The question is when? I would say wait a year or two from now and if he holds his present course of improvement. Then begin your long term negotiation.
With Brian Matuzs, he's farther away from what he can become but once you know he is going to be one of the best lefties in the game then you lock him up.
Adam Jones on the other hand i consider in a different tier of talent than the two prior. He has a chance to become someone that will be a fixture in the 3rd spot in your lineup. He also has a chance to remain just as he is. A guy that should hit sixth or seventh and be an average to slightly above average CF.
To me, it's a tough call with Jones. I of course want to see him succeed. How much better will he become? How long from now? For now I would let him go to arbitration and see what happens.