In recent years, several MLB stars have signed some massive deals.
It all began when the Los Angeles Angels gave Albert Pujols a 10-year, $254 million deal.
Since then, the cost of signing a high-profile free agent has been rising.
Often times, however, when players over the age of 30 are signed to deals that are 10 years or longer, the move does not pay off for said team.
The Pujols contract certainly didn’t pay off for the Angels.
On Twitter, MLB insider Danny Vietti called out MLB front offices for seemingly not learning their lesson.
The market is what the market is.
It seems that MLB front offices are intentionally ignoring the Albert Pujols, Miguel Cabrera, Robinson Cano, A-Rod, and Joey Votto deals.
History tells us signing 30-year-old players to long term deals past their age-40 seasons rarely work out.
— Danny Vietti (@DannyVietti) December 14, 2022
A Risky Business
While this is not to say that a certain player doesn’t deserve said amount of money, it still is a very risky business.
Obviously, several deals for 10 years or more have not paid off.
Cano and the Seattle Mariners are another example of this.
Cano was traded to the New York Mets and never found his groove, causing him to be designated for assignment.
The slugger has since bounced around several organizations, including the San Diego Padres and Atlanta Braves.
Sometimes, long-term deals for players 30 or above work out, but in recent memory, the successes have been few and far between.
Will moves like this may seem like a good idea on the surface, they always seem to come back and haunt whichever team gave out the contract, and the cycle continues to repeat itself.