Shall we go through this again? Everyone ready? Because I don't have a better analogy, but I've got one that works. Let's go to the car dealership and see that on the lot we have two luxury items available to us. They are:
A five-year lease on a 2017 Rolls Royce.
A 10-year lease on a 2019 Lamborghini.
What the Cardinals see is a luxury car that is old and they're getting later, but they are also committing fewer years. If it breaks down after the first three years of the deal, then there are two until a new car can be purchased and this one is off the books. If the younger, newer, car with the longer lease breaks down after year six, there are still four years to go -- and that much longer to go before they can get a replacement car. Get it? That's why. There are also these factors which are worth bringing up again:
-- Paul Goldschmidt is a perennial MVP candidate at a position that won't wear out his body, and he's proven durable, and that has great value. Ask Reggie Jackson.
-- The total guarantee to Goldschmidt WILL BE LESS MONEY. Less money. Like $150m-$175m is less than $335m -- a lot less. And they would like to get value and spend less money.
And finally here is one to keep in mind.
Pssst: The Cardinals think Paul Goldschmidt is a better player than Bryce Harper.