Kop's Korner: Are the Cano and Ellsbury Deals Bound to Fail?

12/6/13 in MLB   |   Alex_Kopilow   |   10 respect

Sep 28, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano (24) gets a hit during the sixth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY SportsSay it aint so! Robinson Cano is the latest MLB All-Star to ink a huge long-term contract.

If you have not already heard the former Yankees second baseman is taking his drowning pockets to Seattle after signing a 10-year $240 million contract to play for the Mariners.

It’s a great deal for Cano, an even better deal for the Yankees, and a detriment to the M’s.

Organizations continue to treat free agents the way Major League Baseball handled instant replay: with a blind eye.

About a month ago I posed the question to FanIQ; Would MLB teams adapt to the “2013 Red Sox Strategy” after Boston won the World Series ? Would teams start to sign big-money short-term deals for second tier players, instead of doling out tons of cash over a lifetime for the top free agents?

I guess not. Why is it so hard to see that these long term deals (lets say of at least seven years) rarely work.

There’s only a laundry list of guys who’ve had these kind of contracts fail. Recognize any of these names; Pujols, Hamilton, Teixeira, Sabathia, Santana, Lee, Howard, Kemp, Gonzalez, Werth.

Of all the “mega deals” signed within the last decade and a half, how many have actually panned out?

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