Free agency has become a big part of professional sports.
It is a result of contracts expiring and players having the opportunity to sign new contracts, while also gauging how lucrative of a contract they can secure.
In recent years, certain teams across Major League Baseball have been very aggressive spenders during the offseason.
These are typically the larger-market teams that have the most financial resources.
On Tuesday, former MLB manager Joe Maddon weighed in on today’s style of free agency and what it takes for teams to be able to secure the services of star players, sharing his opinion on whether or not teams should do this.
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Maddon recalled his time managing the Chicago Cubs, when the team had committed a significant amount of money to stars such as Jon Lester and Jason Heyward.
The Cubs had spent big on those two stars when they became free agents, but there wasn’t too much money being given to one singular player, as Brian Kenny pointed out.
Maddon then shared his opinion, saying that if teams are going to go all in on one free agent, they need to make sure that it’s what truly is best for their organization.
The former skipper used the New York Yankees and Aaron Judge as an example of a player who is being paid significantly more than others, and said that so far, it doesn’t appear to have worked out great for the team, despite Judge’s production.
Maddon believes that if too much money is given to one player, said organization would be essentially unable to invest any money towards other needs, and said that it is risky for teams to put all their eggs in one basket.NEXT: Phillies Reveal A Special Trio Set For Enshrinement