You captured my entire point. Yes, the odds say a 32-year-old will deteriorate in production before a 26-year-old, absolutely, and its when that happens that governs the length of the contract -- and the Cardinals must explain and bet and gamble that for Goldschmidt it's at 36 and that at Harper it could be 33 and that's where their approach merges to make sense. Or doesn't. You don't have to agree with their approach.
Heck, I didn't -- so I asked for an explanation, as you did, as I passed along to you.
What gets me is your frustration with the Cardinals and their spending habits and somehow my attempt to explain them to you and your dislike of them is my fault. I have been very clear in this chat and my colleagues have been very clear about how Bryce Harper made a lot of sense for the Cardinals -- even after the Goldschmidt deal -- and that all teams have money to spend, and they choose not to do it. It should be maddening for fans.
Might I suggest an alternative choice. Keep your subscription. Save money to purchased it by not going to games.
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That's our responsibility.