by Brian Todd
So, here are the two options for the Astros: Jim Crane and Jeff Luhnow don’t care what their young players think of them or the organization. “Sign our contracts or sit in Oklahoma City until we have another year of control over your lives. And if you don’t like it, too bad. We own you.”
Or, the Astros offered George Springer a seven-year deal that was a bit team friendly but still carried a bit of risk. The offer came with a side deal. Sign and you go straight to Houston, do pass Go, and collect your $23 million. Don’t sign, and (after we get our 40-man roster issues resolved in the winter) you will need to hit your way onto the team and take your chances.
Oh, sure, there are other theories out there. Just ask anyone on this blog. Heck, just ask me. I’m sure I could come up with a few.
But whether you believe Springer is getting the shaft or getting the shaft squared (let’s face it, he’s getting the shaft in one way shape or form), the question is this: Are the Astros doing something that sets them apart as a money-grubbing franchise that would anger young talent like no other club would do? After all, that’s what the Boot-Licking Bi-Coastal Media would have us believe.
Hmm, let’s go to the facts … something you won’t get from the BLBCM.
Look at 2013 AL Rookie of the Year, Wil Myers. The Rays didn’t bring up Myers until June 18, 2013. Why? Did Myers, a top prospect, struggle last spring? Hardly. His .762 spring 2013 OPS was fueled by a high SLG, and only dragged down by 10 Ks. Still, Myers was playing pretty well last March.
OK, so that’s one guy.
And the Rays are a top team? Keeping a guy down on the farm sounds a little more plausible when you’re a contending team, even a guy of Myers’ talent.
Well, Miami included the 2013 NL ROY on its opening day 25-man roster. But the NL runner-up, Yasiel Puig didn’t debut in 2013 until June 3 despite 1.328 OPS from March of 2013. Yes, yes, yes. It was his first spring training. But he’d played in Rookie and A ball in 2012, so it’s not like the Dodgers didn’t know what they were looking at.
Hey, the Rockies got a little extra out of Nolan Arenado by not calling him up until April 28. His 2013 spring OPS? How about .852.
So, is Springer being hosed? (Or Hoes-ed?) Probably. But let’s be honest, if his spring OPS wasn’t a lousy .527, I’d feel a bit more outraged than I do now. Even though a ton of teams do this. And the Astros didn’t invent this manipulation of the CBA.