Freddy Sanchez is a good "sport." The Pittsburgh Pirates' management is not. Sanchez re-signed with the San Francisco Giants at a total of $12 million for two years, or $6 million per. This compares to the $10 million that FanGraphs values him at for 2009 alone. My readers know that I would have gladly offered Sanchez $12 million for ONE year. Given a limping second half, after his strong first half, that may represent an overpayment for his baseball contributions. It would probably fairly value his baseball AND civic contributions to the city. But Sanchez was willing to sign for much less than $12 million per. We now know that he would have signed for six. And for two years, not three. Even if we "padded" the deal to $8 million per (as a very shrewd hotel man named Conrad Hilton would do ...
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