5/58 seems like a reasonable guess, although I’d think he’s more in line for a 5/65-70 type offer. It really just depends on his mindset as to the price he’d command and I’m not sure any speculation on my part is really worthwhile.
You bring up a good point about the Diamondbacks. Are they willing and able to go big contract with their superstar?
Comment by The A Team — February 18, 2010 @ 2:23 pm
It depends largely on when (or I guess if) they sign him. If they did it this year, it’d be less than if they worked on it in 2011 or 2012. Not only will they be buying more free agent years later, Upton will also have a larger sample size in which to judge his future performance (assuming he doesn’t have an implosion similar to a certain family member).
If Arizona wants to sign him long term, I’d say now is the time to do it if they want to spend less than $60-65 million.
Justin Upton batted .300 last season with a .899 OPS, at the age of 21. The only people that have accomplished this are currently in the hall, except for Arod, Pujols, and Griffey Jr. Yeah, well, we know where those three are going. So proud to be a D-backs fan right now! :D
The deal is 5/51.25. Heh, how cheap for the future of baseball.