This is a very Minnesota Twins-esq response and the reason we're always outside looking in on FA. Front loading a contract means you're actually paying more for the player because of interest and the future value of money. $35 mil now is worth more than $35 mil 7 years from now. Invest that same $35 mil at a modest 3.15% over seven years and you've got $43.5 mil after 7 years. $8 mil. $7 mil for 6 years. $5.1 mil for 5 years. Meanwhile the price of players is also going up. $35 mil won't be as much then either. Long guaranteed contracts = interest free financing. Front loading loses you money, although it may be more attractive to the player.
But this not a mutual fund or 401K we are talking about. Nor are we talking about turnstiles bringing jn revenue because that is impossible to accurately predict.
We are talking about guaranteed dollars over a 6+ yr contract, possibly with an out clause. No matter how you look at the Twins payroll opportunity right now, their market is not the same as N.Y., Boston, Chicago, LA.
I don't think this is outside looking in at all, or a Twins-esque viewpoint. It is simply a HUGE contract that could be front loaded to entice a signing and provide additional flexibility in the latter years for contracts for other young players on extensions. My opt out idea is not unjque. It allows the player to maintain their contract, front loaded helps payroll in future years. But if said player decides to mkve on, you have, theoretically, quality players moving up and replace.
If I'm missing something here, then I am sorry for that.
Edited by DocBauer, 02 November 2019 - 09:25 PM.