Sometimes, contracts can work out for the best.
Other times, maybe not so much.
Some deals are signed by players so they can bet on themselves.
Others happen when a team pours a bunch of money into it and invests a fortune in said player.
This year, Albies, who posted a 4.2 WAR last season, is set to make $5 million, while Arizona Diamondbacks star Ketel Marte is set to make $15 million after posting a WAR of 2.9 in 2021.
Ozzie Albies is coming off a 4.2 fWAR season, Ketel Marte 2.9.
One of them is about to make $15M per, the other $5M.
Man, that Albies deal looks crazier every time a peer signs a new deal. #Braves
— Cory McCartney (@coryjmccartney) March 28, 2022
Playing For Cheap
It’s crazy to see this, but that Albies extension was quite a nice bargain for the Braves.
They’re getting a super productive player at almost half the price as a team would normally get a star of his caliber.
For Albies on the other hand, this has to be somewhat frustrating, and understandably so.
He is one of the more productive players in all of baseball.
Not that Marte isn’t, but Albies put up better numbers in 2021 and Marte is being paid almost double of what Albies is getting paid.
Again, as McCartney notes, the Albies deal looks crazier each time another player signs a contract extension.
One would think if the Braves plan on keeping him around after 2027, when his contract expires, they’ll pay him more the second time around.
It’s quite unfair for a player of his caliber to be lowballed like this.
The man deserves a raise: meaning a much bigger raise.
We’ll see what happens with the Marte deal, and whether or not he warranted a larger extension than that of Albies.