Hunter, Matt and I argue about the new joint-drug agreement between MLB and the Player’s Association.
The PED agreement includes new, stricter penalties.
- 1st offense gets the player an 80-game suspension.
- 2nd offense is a whole season–162 games
- 3rd offense and the player is suspended for life.
We also discuss the players’ desire, not the owners, who made a push for this new agreement and why they did so.
While Hunter and I liked much of it, Matt stood firmly against what he considered overreaching requirements for players who test positive, such as lifetime testing.
We dig into both the Miguel Cabrera and Mike Trout contract extensions. We all agreed that the Cabrera signing is risky and bloated. Players decline after their age 32 seasons and the Tigers locked up Miggy until he is 40, despite the warning signs from players like Albert Pujols and Ryan Howard. Not only that, but they did it even though he had two full years left on his contract.
Trout’s signing on the other hand is a good deal for the Angels, something they’ve not had in a few years. He got six years and $144.5 million dollars and will exit the contract after his age 28 season, just in time to sign another mega-deal. The Angels get a top-notch, once-in-a-generation player through his prime years and Trout gets to explore other options while he’s still valuable. It’s good news all around!
We, of course, talk about the Kansas City Royals. Even though Omar Infante and Louis Coleman‘s health was decided earlier in the week, we discuss a few possibilities posited by the incomparable Ned Yost, including his resolution to bat Alcides Escobar second if Infante should be injured.
We also give our predictions for the division winners, wild card teams, and playoff brackets all the way to the World Series. Matt gives, by far, the most entertaining playoff predictions.
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