The Cubs announced Tuesday that they’ve agreed to a contract extension with infielder David Bote. The contract will cover the 2020-24 seasons and also contain a pair of club options.
Bote will be guaranteed $15.003MM over that 2020-24 span, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun Times reports (on Twitter). MLB Network’s Jon Heyman tweets that the two option years are valued $7MM and $7.6MM. According to the Chicago Tribune’s Mark Gonzales (also on Twitter), Bote will receive a $50K signing bonus and earn $950K next season. He’ll then earn $1MM in 2021, $2.5MM in 2022, $4MM in 2023 and $5.5MM in 2024. The first option season comes with a $1MM buyout, and the second carries a $500K buyout.
Bote recently approached the Cubs to initiate the talks, president of baseball operations Theo Epstein tells reporters (Twitter link via ESPN Chicago’s Jesse Rogers). He was already under club control through the 2024 season, but the Cubs will now obtain some cost certainty and also secure control over what would have been his first two free-agent seasons.
Though he never rated as one of the organization’s top prospects, Bote made his way to the big leagues last season and now looks the part of a useful bench option capable of backing up at multiple infield spots and perhaps in the outfield corners. His primary positions have been third base and second base, but Bote also logged 10 innings at short in 2018 as well as seven in left field and two at first base. He’s a .246/.327/.410 hitter to this point in his big league career (223 plate appearances).
That defensive versatility surely appealed to the Cubs, as did the quality of Bote’s defense at his most frequent position: third base. In just 375 innings there last season, Bote was credited with +5 Defensive Runs Saved and a 4.4 Ultimate Zone Rating. Whether that type of rating is sustainable over a larger period remains to be seen; Fangraphs Eric Longenhagen wrote after the 2017 season that Bote lacked a true position, calling him a potential bat-first utility option if all panned out. Based on Bote’s .281/.355/.502 slash through 299 Triple-A plate appearances and last season’s small sample of exit velocity readings, perhaps he’ll live up to that billing.
Bote’s extension is a surprising move in that he isn’t viewed as any sort of key player for the Cubs at the moment. However, the modest price tag on the deal carries minimal risk — particularly for a large-market team like the Cubs — and the $15MM guarantee seems to suggest that the organization eventually feels Bote could take on a larger role. Generally, utility players don’t earn quite this much over the course of arbitration; Boston’s Brock Holt, for instance, will earn $3.575MM this season in his final year of arbitration eligibility and stands to reach free agency having earned a bit shy of $9MM.
The contract could prove to be a bargain if Bote can settle in as any sort of semi-regular contributor, though for a nearly 26-year-old former 18th-round pick who was never heralded as a top prospect and is still three years from arbitration, it’s easy to see the appeal of being guaranteed any financial security. Frankly, there’s little precedent for an extension along these lines. As shown in MLBTR’s Extension Tracker, extensions for players with under one year of service time have generally been reserved for players who’ve broken out as stars (e.g. Ronald Acuna) or quality regulars (e.g. Paul DeJong), or for top-tier prospects who are on the cusp of the Majors or very early on in their big league careers (e.g. Eloy Jimenez, Evan Longoria, Matt Moore, Scott Kingery). It’s possible that Bote’s deal will set something of a precedent for role players seeking some early-career stability — particularly given the deluge of long-term deals that have been signed during the recent “extension season.” Bote’s deal now stands out as the 27th multi-year contract extension signed by a player since mid-January.
Would never have expected to see this happen today
Who the heck is David Bote
Great baseball fan
Great lame comment.
I watch 4 games a day and I did’t know who he was, either. I guess I’m not a fan, huh.
Exactly. Glad you figured it out
Bote came up last year when Bryant was hurt, and he held his own before tailing off in September. His biggest moment was the walk-off grand slam against the Nats on Sunday Night Baseball. This year, he’s basically a super utility guy.
Dude he had one of the most memorable home runs of last year on a nationally televised game…
How do you have time to watch 4 baseball games every single day
Those of us at work are probably paying for him to do so!
Great name…..Sounds like Bowie.
Give him a break, he could be retired. Those people DESERVE to have time to watch 4 baseball games a day.
It’s pronounced “Bow tie”
With Dish Network you can split the screen into quadrants and watch 4 games at once. Only get the audio from 1 game at a time, obviously.
Lol don’t think anyone outside of Chicago should be criticized for not knowing David Bote.. he’s not very good . Glad they found some money to spend tho , since they’re going cheap in their championship window
Lol seriously. The Cubs are 1 of 4 teams I keep on my MLB App due to friends being fans and had no idea. To: Mr. Knows Every Baseball Player, “who’s Dalton Furbush?”
You watch 4 games a day? I don’t know about you being a fan, but you’re definitely not employed.
Imagine that. You’re wrong.
Cool, if he’s that hardcore and does that every day how has he not heard of David Bote (pron. boat-ee)? I’m a Jays fan from Canada, and I don’t watch 4 games a day but I have definitely heard of him lol.
I believe Mr. Furbush is an old, old wooden ship, used during the Civil War era to smuggle Scotch.
Please tell that your occupation is the replay official in New York who talks to the umpires!
If you didn’t see or hear about last year’s Ultimate Grand Slam against the Nats (which was voted Play of the Year), then I highly doubt you watch that much baseball.
Lol sure. Cubs fans crack me up. You don’t know him!?!?? Brewers win that division. Cards a close second. Enjoy Bow Tie.
Good one, man.
Most famous for the walk off grand slam he hit last year against the Nats, he’s got potential but never a big name coming up
And that’s more or less all he did
@tharrieo820 – Not really. He had three walk off HRs and a game-tying HR with 1 out in the 9th against the DBacks.
You are wrong
If it weren’t for that, I wouldn’t know who he is
Bryant’s replacement since the Cubs have no money to extend Bryant.
Cubs have their own network coming next year (while the White Sox have to toil in the slums with the other teams in Chicago). They’ll have plenty of money when that time comes.
Oh, Cubs on Oprah’s “OWN” network next year?
He’s not replacing Bryant. He’s replacing Zobrist. They have plenty of money for Bryant.
Free Ian Happ!
The White Sox are probably truely shocked he didn’t take their low-ball offer instead…
Second highest avg exit velocity in the majors last year. Hits em hard.
You keep saying that, but its not true.
Exit velocity means nothing if you can’t put it in the air, even if that statement was true. Great example of this is Yandy Diaz- look for his picture in the dictionary.
You’ve got to be kidding.
An overrated Cub player.
He had 200 ab’s last year, and a couple huge walk-off hits. Played in about half the games. Cubs are on national TV regularly. If you’ve never heard of him, that’s on you.
eh i think hes fairly overrated. dont see this contract being worth it.
Jon Singleton’s deal was a lot worse.
doesn’t make bote’s any good, especialy with the cubs crying poor
Nah Jon was given 5 years for $10mm.
Yeah but they probably would’ve paid him this in arbitration
Either that or they could have non tendered him and replaced him with a new rookie with probably the same skill set. Now they are stuck paying him regardless.
Who rates him very highly? Even the Cubs fans think he’s at best a good utility guy
Yah, except for the giant herd of idiots that wanted to trade Bryant last year because Bote had a couple good weeks while Bryant was hurt. A bunch of genius “fans” you guys have up there.
Name me one fanbase who doesn’t have an idiot wing, and find me one that actually considers the idiots fans.
While he didn’t appear to be a part of the Cubs future until recently, I’m happy to see that both sides could work something out. I think he’s gonna surprise people and end up being a solid big league contributor, which is even more valuable when considering his versatility.
That’s the key. He’s versatile. All clubs look for good utilitymen and the Cubs seem to like him as such.
Game Changer. Who doesn’t love Ziggy Stardust?
This seems strange. Any cubs’ fans have insight to this?
Okay hitter, good fielder and very versatile
think a lighter version of Ben Zobrist
I think that’s the idea, bigjon, looking to Bote as the fill in when Zobrist’s contract is done. Only limitation is that I haven’t seen Bote play the outfield. He’s adequate at second and third. Might be able to add corner outfield over time. Still, has a long way to go to get to the Zobrist level of utility player.
If he takes a step forward, he’s starter material, nothing to write home about, but at least an average player that can play multiple positions. I think the front office sees it as a small risk.
Martin gonzalez only made a shade over 13MM thru arbitration with the Astros. It’s just odd to me to see Bote extended. I figured he was more of a cheap year to year bench piece. Maybe they envision him as Zobrist 2.0 once he’s gone.
In 2015 and 2016, Bote was the 25th guy on separate A-level teams, verging on getting released. His wife helped to talk him out of retirement. He started hitting, and the brass thinks he gets better enough for this to be a nice long-term play.
The player has security.
Really great hitting metrics for Bote.
What metrics would that be. We already know you are wrong about exit velocity.
Actually Pads Fan he’s correct. According to MLB.Com the hitters with the top 3 2018, exit velocities were as follows:
1. Judge 95.8
2. Bote 94.5
3. Stanton 94.4
To that I say so what. If I had my choice of the three, Bote wouldn’t even get any consideration
But nobody cares who you’d choose. Dumb statement anyway. Everyone would choose Stanton and Judge over Bote. The stat does, however, reflect that Bote consistently hits the ball very hard.
Except Stanton and Judge did that over 500+ at bats. Bote did that over 250ish? Hard to say it’s even.
He is mechanically sound at the plate, has a ton of power and he is great defensively. No telling where this guy could be with reps!!
15 million for 5 years!?
He likely wasn’t going to make that much in arbitration as a utility player, so I’m not sure what you’re getting so excited about… If he takes on a bigger role and becomes a pretty good regular, the Cubs will likely come out slightly ahead here.
Wtf. This is not someone the cubs should be extending. Seriously wtf
Why not? He’s a versatile bench bad who can make consistent hard contact… Who’s now locked in at bench player money.
What’s the down side? Theo throws more money at reclamation project relievers every off-season than what he’s guaranteed, so it’s not like this will prevent them from extending anyone else.
Bote doesn’t exactly seem like one of the Cubs top extension candidates, but nor was Randal Grichuick on the Jays.
The important question is what will he spend the $3000 on?
I was wondering about that .003 million. Thanks for clearing that up!
Bote had 2 good months in 2018 playing 3b/2b for Cubs while Bryant was hurt and then fell off at the end of the year. I like the guy but this is a risk for the Cubs, Although for $15 mill guaranteed it isn’t a huge one.
They have worked with him on being the back up SS while Russel is suspended in ST. I think the Cubs are hoping that he can fill the spot of Zobrist on the roster from 2020 onward.
It only takes one head first slide for Bryant and Bote gets to earn his money.
3 million a year ? The mascot makes that . Good signing .
Where do I apply to be the mascot? I’ll do it for$2 mil.
If Bote fills the utility spot on the team from 2020 on, what happens with Nico Hoerner (Cubs 2018 1st round pick, plays SS)?
Russell will be gone I’m assuming. Not a Cubs fan but I could see Bryant 3B, Hoerner at SS and Baez at 2B. Bote as the utility guy.
Hoerner is better suited for 2B. Javy stays at short if I’m managing.
Nico Hoerner plays 2B or SS if Baez would rather play 2B. Bote is utility guy filling Zobrist role. I actually think Baez is more valuable playing 2B due to his tagging ability and the relay throws playing 2B. The Cubs will keep Russell thru his arb years but I doubt they’ll resign him.
Obviously that happens if Hoerner pans out as not all prospects do. Good problem to have,
Kris Bryant plays a lot of outfield. The Cubs like to give even their best players days off. There are plenty of ABs to go around.
Heyward is next
I feel like they’re going to run into some issues unextending someone
Good value. He likely would have to keep producing well to make any money. This lowers burden. As mentioned above. Slightly above average defense. Average bat. Guy is a great “fill out team” piece.
Sox will extend Swihart next….5/50M should do it……
$3 million AAV on the contract and people appear to be under the impression this deal is going to tank the Cubs lmao.
From what I’ve seen Bote is on the more talented side of utility players. Reaches base at a pretty good rate, which is incredible valuable for a bench player.
Bear in mind Descalso is a $2.5 million AAV player. He can defend most positions average on his best days and his bat is only decent in a hitters atmosphere. Obviously being a lefty doesn’t hurt.
But no one is locking these guys up for a reason.
Is there one date when all players become eligible for another year of ownership by a club? For example, what date will guys like Vlad Guerrero and Bo Bichette be called up if they are to be called up after getting the extra year of commitment to their club? Does it vary by player or is it a specific number of games played by their team?
This guy’s minor league career was average at best, going to be 26 in a few days, but maybe he is coming out of nowhere. He had a great spring which I guess rationalizes this… They think he is going to break out.
He’s breaking out the champagne, that’s for sure.
One of the more questionable moves of the year. Given his age and lack of a long-term position, why the need to lock him up? He’s basically a better defensive Derek Dietrich and guys like that can be had on minor deals. Sorta puzzling.
A 26 year old guy that hit .263 in the minors and .239 in the majors and is rewarded with $15 million? This does not make any sense to me..
A couple of his hitting metrics are really elite, including his hard hit % and exit velocity and launch angle. He basically just mashes the ball. Cubs have to be bullish on him. Utility type if nothing else.
Bote rated 6th in average exit velocity for all players with 100 or more batted ball events, but he rated 73rd in barrels. He hit far too many ground balls for someone that was supposedly elevating the ball. His launch angle was 3.5% and he ranked 375. Bote hit 55.6% GB last season compared to MLB average of 43.2%. He only hit a HR every 31 AB. Far from elite. In fact, it was about MLB average. His SLG last season was .408 which was just about the .409 MLB average.
His power rated as a 50 FV before his call up last season or average, but he had a 35FV or well below average hit tool.
Never heard of any team giving a utility player $15 million while they are still not yet arbitration eligible for 2 seasons. Have you?
No, I haven’t, but I do think players like this are a bit of an undervalued type on the market and am glad there’s a precedent now. There is almost always surplus value with players like these, and it’s more of a matter of cost certainty than straight up “getting paid,” so the long-term outlook probably doesn’t change much. He’s clearly not an elite player, but he has some surprisingly high metrics—not HR rate, ground ball rate but hard hit and exit in particular, and they are more than enough to intrigue. The peripherals offer a bit of optimism his bottom-line offensive numbers (HR, SLG, avg) can rise. I think you have to throw his minor league career scouting out the window a bit; clearly something changed in his approach, maybe even a overhaul of his hitting mechanics. And the risk is very minimal for the Cubs because his floor is at the least serviceable. Also, your post reads as a summary of Bote’s Baseball Savant page; you can have all the numbers you want, but you have to contextualize those numbers with Bote too, imo.
He pointed out all of his metrics and still you try to claim he has “some surprisingly high metrics”? What metrics? Obviously you were wrong about his exit velocity. So what exactly?
He still isn’t hitting for average or power any better in MLB then he did in the minors, so what exactly changed in his approach?
So contextualize the numbers. Bote has shown that he has not improved and that his numbers are all around mediocre in every regard or bad in the case of launch angle and GB%. So he drove a lot of balls into the ground hard. What did he do well? Nothing apparently.
Seems a bit odd. But good for him for making something happen
Second in the majors in average exit velocity in 2018, Bote was.
6th among players with 100 or more batted ball events.
Or 2nd when you remove the qualifiers. Hard to say he doesn’t have power when the ball comes off his bat with such authority. And evaluating him on his BA? Why? Lol with a player like him BA is bound to be quite variable as he acclimates to the majors. BABIP was relatively low last year too. It seems very feasible to see him hitting .260. With the rest of his profile, that’s above league average. I’d already take him over Ian Happ.
Cubs are broke, but they can spend millions on a bench player… hmmmm
They have their own TV network coming next season. They’ll have plenty of money.
They were never broke. They just spent money more wisely this winter. With the exception of Brandon Kintzler. He’s been nothing short of a pile of cow dung
They never said broke.
Idiots on the internet said it, then thought repeating it enough made it fact. Unfortunately that’s not how facts work.
Don’t go down the idiot route if you want to be taken seriously
“We don’t have anymore” when talking about money. If you’re going to be a p.rick I suggest you educate yourself on what his comments actually were. “We don’t have anymore money” Now Petrie, google the word broke for me. Here’s the definition “having completely run out of money.” Almost an exact ringer. Might want to pick another battle cause you’re on the losing end of this one.
And here’s an example of going down the idiot route… Thank you, lovely assistant.
No, having no MORE money to spend when your team expenses match the budget of a small sovereign nation AFTER handing out 20 million dollars to Cole Hamels can in no way be interpreted as ‘broke’. Because clearly they have money.
Seriously, think before posting.
Lmao. You are a real intellectual. Thank you for blessing me with that insight. Please continue using colorful descriptions about their payroll. A “small sovereign nation” that’s a good one. I see you selectively read over his comment that said “I don’t think there’s a limitation to how much you can lose” when asked about a potential short term add. He’s framing his argument as if the cubs are in a position to lose money if they spend anymore and that is a load of hot garbage.
Unless you of course are part of the minority who believes a major league team with revenue approaching 500 Million dollars can actually take a loss with a 210 million dollar payroll. If that’s the case we don’t have much to talk about right now anyway. Coming out and saying “we don’t have it” is demeaning to your fan base at best. An “I’m happy with our current roster and look for guys to rebound” is a little less of a slap in the face then telling your fans you’re strapped, no?
going deep down the idiot route, i see
i can’t find a single definition of ‘broke’ that includes ‘easily able to afford everything you need and then some, with enough left over to start a TV network’…
sure, you CAN frame it in the context of losing money…. but the Cubs aren’t, so if you try you’re just making things up to prop up a weak argument, which never ends well.
the whole ‘broke’ story came out… and since then the Cubs have continued to spend money, so every definition of ‘broke’ you want to try to pull out of your @$$ fails on the spot.
i would say i’m sorry for destroying a stupid and irritating narrative with facts, but i’m really not.
i may have to ask what you mean by this, since apparently you don’t speak english the way the rest of us do…
I saw Steve had the same view that I and so many others did on his comments. i suppose he is also an idiot but that’s alright. It’s pretty clear you aren’t listening to any of that.
this is another literacy fail for you. i see nothing that says the Cubs are broke, just that they won’t be committing to spending even more money than they already are. He also seems pretty convinced that they do, in fact, have money to spend
so, let’s review again, shall we?
Broke : out of money
Cubs : committed to spending more money than 26 other baseball teams between now and november. not ‘have spent’, but ‘will spend’… because that’s how payroll commitments work.
oh, and they had enough to start a TV network
have i cast any clarity on the situation yet?
so, find me a definition of ‘broke’ that includes being able to spend 200 million dollars before you decide that’s enough (because you wanna spend it elsewhere).
That 200 million has nothing to do with the argument at all. He said “We don’t have anymore” Are you that caught up on the word “broke”? Where does building a TV network have anything to do with this? I couldn’t give a rats asss what else he’s spending his money on. He said he has no more money to spend on payroll, what he did to make it to that supposed point is irrelevant. I’ve never met someone who gets quite so irritated over the use of the word “broke” and the phrase “out of money.”
Why? He does not have great power, he grades out as a 50 so average. He hit .239 last season. He was not a great player in the minors. This is his age 26 season. I don’t understand this move at all.
Wow. At first glance this puzzled me. But, I bet he out produces this contract. He’ll probably get the majority of starts at 2nd over the next 5 years and average. 260 with 20 homers. Not bad for 3 mil a year. As much as I like Russell. His days with the Cubs are numbered.
Sox’ Madrigal to get extended next.
I think the cubs analytics team is to thank for this one. Hopefully it works out better than their read on chatwood.
If he ends up being a good utility player, 15 million will be worth it. If he ends up being a solid starter, it will be a steal. Not much of a risk, still unexpected.
If you know anything about David Bote…background, family, character, you’d see this is more of a FO statement about the kind of teammate & player the Cubs are looking for.
It doesn’t hurt that he’s a baseball rat with elite ex-velo who can adjust on-the-fly.
He could evolve into a 400 AB guy at multiple positions.
One more note- Brian Butterfield, a highly respected infield coach, uses Bote as an example of defensive techniques during his spring training drills.
Well if Butterworth likes him than he must be great.
WOW! This is an EXTREMELY team friendly deal especially w/ 2 club option years. I think he blew any leverage going to them as opposed to waiting for them to come to him. Either way, no matter how ridiculous of a troll you are, you have to like this from the Cubs perspective.
Say hello to your future 3B, cubs fans. Bote and Baez will be there for the cubbie rebuild part deux. See ya in 7 years.
Nope. Bryant is gonna be a Cubs player for life. No reason to not extend Bryant. You can say he’s leaving all you want but when he’s yet to get an extension offer. You have no idea what he will do. Nor do I. If I wwe the Cubs and theo I’d offer him Arenado money right now. Worry about Baez and Rizzo this coming winter
Bryant eventually headed to Philly to play with his buddy.
I doubt that. Highly doubt that. Their friends but they won’t play together unless it’s in an all star game
Bryant obviously doesn’t want to be there, considering his comments to the media lately, and the fact he’s turned down extension talks with the club. Frankly, the cubs priority should be Baez—he’s far and away they’re best player. Let Bryant sulk and pout as his strikeouts pile up, then trade him to some team desperate for household names.
He’s never said anything bad about the Cubs. They have never offered him a contract. Matter of fact. He’s open to talking about extension talks. you don’t trade a player like Bryant for anything less than ian Snell and 3 others. Not gonna happen.
1) which comments?
2) him, his agent, and the team have denied the extension rumor. It wasn’t offered or rejected.
3) they can do both, it’s not like the team doesn’t have the staff or money to negotiate with 2 players at once.
Which, in summary, means everything you said here is utter nonsense you basically made up to support the conclusion you wish was true but know is not.
Go away and let the adults talk baseball for a while.
Learn to read between the lines. Virtually every team extended their franchise player this past week, except the cubs. They extended a backup to what once was their core player. That should tell you the mutual interest isn’t there, but cubs fans being delusional ‘n all, you missed it. Bryant is overrated anyway. He’s not adjusting well to how pitchers work him inside-out. At best, I see him as a 20 HR, .260 guy.
Learn to read. Period.
Then learn that making things up when you get caught making things up makes you look like twice the moron you did before.
Then learn some, anything, even the most basic concepts of either baseball or just logical thinking in general.
Then come back so you’re not a complete waste of space here every time you comment.
What does a cubs fan know about logical thinking? That’s wishful thinking, isn’t it?
If you said it, it probably means Bryant’s extension is being finalized as we speak…
If they wanted to shell out 15 mill think it could have been better spent. Although Jesse Chavez has been awful this year, he’d have been more value based on last year. They had a damn good utility man in LaStella that was a dangerous pinch hitter that got traded away. Don’t know how it will work out but I think they had much bigger priorities than David Bote
Goodbye Bryant!!!! We don’t need you….WE WE GOT BOTE!!!!
1) People who have said Zobrist lite or Zobrist replacement are likely right. They also likely have more insight than any of us as to whether it looks like he could be even more if given the chance. At worst a mild overpay and at best a modest success.
2) The other person it might say something about is Ian Happ, who was recently sent down. Happ seemed like he might be Zobrist 2.0 for the Cubs and was a big part of their plans, but maybe they see Bote as someone that can be that longer term super-utility guy instead of Happ.
Happ is a poor contact hitter. In that respect, he’s nothing like Zobrist. Happ just needs to play a position everyday. He won’t get that with the cubs. They should have traded him two years ago when he still had decent value.
1 and 4 hehehehe
1 and 5!
Only 6 games in. Slow start. It happens. The worst teams are in first and best are in last. Braves are a good team. Rangers are decent as well. They should have won every game but couldn’t hold a lead.
They need to either get a fireball bullpen arm. Maybe a 2 year deal with kimbrel.
The Rangers are a trash team
The crickets are louder than cubs fans right now. Is that quiet desperation setting in? Everything I said is coming to fruition. The only way to fix the mess Theo had made is sign Keuchel and Kimbrel, then move Darvish to the pen for awhile.
Not worried a bit only 5 games in.
It’s called having a life outside the baseball team you only follow because all the kids who called you a loser in school liked them.
Try it sometime, you may finally get some respect….
A life outside of baseball’s gonna be important for you, given the cubs’ record so far. In fact… would ya look at that. The Sox have more wins than the chubbies. So much for your “95” win team. Them days are OVA.
It’s a week into the season. If it needs to be explained to you why you sound like a complete fool right now, you have no business commenting on baseball in the first place.
So cubs pitchers are gonna increase their velocity, command the strike zone, and give up less walks? Brandon Morrow will come back healthy in May and close out 40 games? Darvish will be tougher and more resilient in a month? To all I say, not likely.
who knows? if they go 5-1 in the next 6 suddenly you look like a complete tool.
which is why adults never put any faith into small sample sizes
or repeatedly go on hyperbolic tangents that don’t actually address the fact that they’ve been exposed as ignorant children who don’t even really grasp what they’re being mocked for… but you do you, champ
Sample size means nothing to cubs fans. They’re dopey and delusional, which is why they have a real baseball discussion without getting angry and defensive. Your sample size should be 2016 to now. A little further back for guys like Quintana and Darvish.
*they can’t have.
I guess it’s a very reasonable price for a guy likely to fall somewhere between Blake DeWitt and Marcus Giles.
Decent player on a bad team five years from now