If someone offered you another 25 million a year, I think you might consider this a little differently.
We aren't talking about the difference between 100K and 125K. We are talking about the type of money that will setup 3 generations.
In what scenario is there a $25M/year difference. We are talking about players getting $25-35M/year. When would there ever be even close to a $25M difference?
This argument gets grossly over simplified. For starters, this type of player gets major endorsements. That opportunity and the amount of those endorsements is far greater in a major market. In many cases it's probably impossible for a small market to make up the financial loss of those endorsements.
There are two other factors that a impossible to measure. Many of these players want to play in a major market for the exposure. In other words, to feed their ego. Playing for the Yankees / Red Sox / Dodgers vs the Twins is far different in feeding that ego for many players. The other factor is the importance of winning. The Yankees and Dodgers with there massive revenue advantage are perennial winners. That's an important factor to a player signing a 5+ year deal when the player really values winning.
Edited by Major League Ready, 18 October 2019 - 07:16 AM.