Your team just locked down last year's best starter, a guy who was one of the best in baseball, for four years and $68 million.
That extension, the one that will be announced for Mikolas today, was one we all saw coming, one we talked about happening at spring.
Your team just traded for Paul Goldschmidt, and it's been reported here time and time again that they are determined to extend him. There's a sense of what it might take. It's pretty similar to the Mikolas playbook.
Why assume it won't get done?
Especially when one of the most desirable free agents to be, Nolan Arenado, just said no thanks to free agency and accepted an extension from a team he has a much better feel for. Guys might not be as determined to hit FA after this Harper situation.
I'm not saying the Cardinals will succeed in their quest to extend Goldschmidt, but I'm not seeing the reason you assume it won't happen?
And you would probably not be thrilled if the Cardinals extended Ozuna, Wacha or Wainwright at the moment. Can't play that one both ways.
I get it. They didn't go for Harper. I hoped they would, called for them to do that. And if a corner outfield spot blows a tire, that's going to come up a lot this season, and potentially beyond. But the Cardinals are going to be one of 29 teams that don't sign Harper. Check out what the Cubs did (and by did I mean didn't do) this offseason.
So, the theatrics are a bit much.
What is interesting, to me, is that the Cardinals are showing more interest in offering bigg-ish contracts to players older than 30, when the analytics they increasingly cite show that's a big risk. It bit them with Fowler so far. It's the plan with Mikolas, and Goldschmidt.
There's a fair, and interesting, conversation to be had there.
The Cardinals see significantly less risk in paying Goldschmidt big money for five years than they do Harper for 10, even when Harper's 10-year contract would end at about the same time (in terms of age) as Goldschmidt's five.
The Cardinals are determined to have sustained success, and their actions suggest they feel the best way to do it is in shorter-term deals -- while banking on the prospect pipeline to keep producing