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It's a buyer's market and where are targeted housing here we're talking Major League Baseball as of last Friday there were eighty free agents on the market.
But the team's art sealing the deal -- for future hall of famers like Ken Griffey junior and Manny Ramirez.
Is there reluctance reaction the financial crisis or change of philosophy in the front office here away and our former New York Mets general manager Jim Duquette.
Our own Chris -- and from Tampa fox sports dot.
Ken Rosenthal won a great lineup guys I don't know where to begin Jim Duquette says that -- start -- free agency.
Its -- it's great for players as long as the teams are flush with cash but when teams are cut back on cash is everybody is these days it's real tough on players.
Yeah I think most teams reacted the the economy the way you would expect -- really curb their spending.
If -- going to look Dodgers ended up -- freezing there there ticket prices a number of teams including the Diamondbacks cut back employees and their front office so.
That had an impact as well as on the payroll I looked at -- I have a -- of sixteen of the thirty teams actually had it and then payroll it was in a reduction from last year to this year.
It's a had a huge impact on a free agent market as you said eighty free agents out there ten -- -- over a hundred the latest I've ever seen.
And Chris I can do is read that this is this there are read this in USA today says the best team assembled in spring training just might be the players sitting home this weekend without a job even -- yeah.
-- Manny Ramirez people like that.
Even the Yankees who committed 450 million dollars in the -- season -- lower payroll than they did last year because they're able to -- enough of at all I think teams.
Big Ten would probably back me up on this I think teams are afraid to make mistakes -- when you talk about.
-- that a 35 years -- -- they're very few of them are scientifically multiyear deals Manny -- they're afraid to make a mistake with him offering a one year -- year -- I think that.
The sure fire guys -- Derek Lowe whose 35 he's gonna get his money.
-- it's the guys that you're worried about whether it's injuries whether it's.
Age -- all right but let's put some -- on the table right away Ken Rosenthal because it's one thing about mistakes.
And winds but it's nothing about whether there's collusion whether they -- teams are getting together and -- hey look we're not gonna get ripped off by these players anymore we're gonna get together and force the players to accept lower -- any evidence of collusion.
Not really though the agents for the players are talking about this and the union has hired an outside counsel to start an investigation.
Just to monitor the markets see what exactly is going on.
-- about collusion is that while the owners have been found guilty of it in the past.
It's extremely difficult to prove you're talking about a conspiracy to hold down salaries.
And in this economy proving that kind of conspiracy is going to be different that's right well that's the point Chris is that everybody's hurting and and -- did you know maybe if times -- little better be easier to make the collusion charge stick and you also there -- deals out there -- -- -- Howard talking before we came on the -- a Bobby Abreu was getting paid five million dollars -- one here.
That's a steal for what he offered -- let's just talk about what happened Jim because this.
I I had thought he had a great year I'm I'm a yankees fan -- hours I was -- Bobby -- across it had a great year he thought he could get that double digits.
He was pretty sure about it how does she end up getting five million.
Well here's a guy that offensively is really one that's still one of the top outfitters.
He's taken a step back as you probably saw defensively in right -- probably more of a left fielder but he still hits left handers well.
His asking price -- in in the free agent market was about 348345.
Somewhere in every way that the Yankees have been spending money you know maybe could've gotten it but here.
There are crimes -- what it again not only 51 of the year.
Five million dollars another guy Adam Dunn was looking at Ford 56 millions of sign into your dealer two point nine it's a guy hit forty home runs four consecutive years over a hundred RBIs over a hundred runs scored.
So a lot of value out there -- this is actually a good time to be buying.
Now -- Roosevelt five million you know five billion is not chump change that's still a lot of money.
For Bobby Abreu but the guy was expecting get double digits how much of this is is going to dry up quickly as as we get closer to playing time -- because.
You know people have to start assembling their team's pretty quickly.
You're absolutely right and yet at the same time there are some big name players.
And not talking about -- who is a category unto himself and like guys like Frank Thomas Nomar Garciaparra -- Pedro Martinez Yvonne Rodriguez.
These guys are going to be scrambling for contracts.
-- is problem is not the economy is so much as it's many and is passed in the way he's acted out.
And the fact is getting a little bit older and teams the nationally like the Dodgers.
Are reluctant to commit to him long term well I wanna talk about agent -- second just second Chris but.
Let's side Manny Ramirez for second because this is a guy who a lot of positives even once -- we're fed up would have said.
He really was responsible for getting us into the World Series so can you passive is -- possible he'll be on the sidelines.
Well it's it's just such that his role Manny is a great one into -- player it's not as bad as CEO I would -- TO in the NFL to a one year deal because it after that then things that you -- But for many in the short term.
If you could always happen -- a contract the I think we'll be ideal one or two years because beyond that you'll see what you saw Boston and kind of proud of the GMs in Major League Baseball we're taking a stand against didn't say why not just that.
Give -- 34 year deal and let you do this to the Dodgers but you didn't have.
Right I I know you -- -- -- -- -- -- just ask as as a manager as as a guy who actually get had to deal with these players together.
It does help to have age and experience in the roster doesn't it and and the fact that.
A lot of teams now because of the economy are so reluctant to particularly make long term deals with people who were getting a little.
You know short of -- and long of truth I mean that's that's kinda dangerous for the whole team because you missed those experienced players they can lead the team.
You're right I think Ken Griffey junior Tom Glavine those are guys that are out there that -- that.
-- yeah I don't -- -- I'll certainly but I think also you're seeing the impact and a free agent market is also a fact of the teams have done a better job of scouting and player development there'll letting their younger players come up to the major leagues that's cheap labor right there and so I think.
You're seeing what they would normally pay two million dollars for a veteran player.
They're now going with the -- the young -- 400000 dollars they wanted they wanna get as much time from them as possible but Ken Rosenthal.
The danger of that again missing out on having these older experienced players they can really help.
Get the team together and and keep the young kids in order that sometimes necessary to have somebody like that.
It is sometimes but at the same time teams are starting to look at this much more from an economic perspective in this is what Jim was suggesting.
If you have veteran acts and his production is not going to be that much greater than young player why.
Well you go with the young player at the much cheaper rate.
And that's what's going on right now in Major League Baseball so Chris wood and older -- groove third you know with some of these classic older players they would make it today.
All you know you even just a couple used to use the pay of veteran players somebody maybe that you want it in your clubhouse.
You -- -- a four year deal didn't even though you only expecting two years thought you might pay him that extra two years like like W Taylor paid over the Martinez's last deal with the mess.
If you're gonna get for use that in what you -- and that -- he didn't at duke -- one -- the first two years of productivity and he wanted Pedro to be part of your club.
For the one indication you want to get a sense of the free agent market how quickly change.
Randy Wolf Houston Astros -- -- him a three year contract to 28 and a half million dollars right somewhere in that November timeframe.
They gave them all three or four days.
To accept it then they pulled it off the table the Dodgers sign him for one year five million dollar country world had to put all those estimated billion a year almost -- and he had to take about half that.
-- -- still a lot of money phone yeah okay you did that for economic reasons yet still a lot of money but again the idea of how this in this industry is changing is really fundamentals really change is really nice like good to see again guys Chris we'll see -- -- let -- -- -- -- thank you so much for being here appreciate it.
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