I'm sure that's been evident from the frequency and length of my posts. I barely have time to read stuff by TMQ and Simmons, let alone write about it. That means I really need to thank noted Scott Boras shill Jon Heyman for providing me with so much stupidity in so few words:
1. Did I mention that he's still shilling for Boras? PRINCE WAS WORTH EVERY PENNY! YOU HEAR ME, MLB OWNERS? EVERY PENNYYYYYYY
2. Pudge signed a 4 year/$40MM deal. It was 2004, but that still doesn't come close to approaching "big ticket."
3. Cabrera really signed a preTty big fRee Agent Deal, didn't hE? No but seriously, the TRADE that brought him to Detroit was a memorable TRADE for a couple of reasons: the Tigers took Dontrelle Willis too, much to Florida's delight; and the centerpieces coming back to Florida were Cameron Maybin and Andrew Miller, who went on to record negative WAR for Florida over the course of the next three seasons.
4. To Heyman's credit, Ordonez really was a free agent, and really did sign a pretty sizable deal. Never one to ever be right, though, Heyman still identifies a guy who was paid $89MM to produce 13.2 rWAR over the course of 5 seasons (more than half of it in 2007--which is to say, during the other 4 seasons encompassed by that deal, he was a colossal failure) as a real success.
5. Fielder just had a very good season, one in which he was payed properly. $23MM for somewhere between 4 and 5 WAR is about right. So if Detroit signed him to a 1 year/$23MM risk-free deal last offseason, this tweet would be kind of sort of correct (besides the issues raised in 2, 3 and 4 above). Unfortunately, Fielder turns 29 next season and will be paid either $23MM and $24MM every year until 2020, when he's 36. So let's maybe hold off before we call this deal a flying success.
6. This tweet has since been deleted. WHERE ARE YOUR ETHICS, JON? Just kidding, I don't really care about that, Heyman is less anti-blogger than most baseball writers. Complaints 1 through 5 stand though.