Steve Strasburg is going to have Tommy John surgery…which means he’ll either never play again or he’ll come back throwing 150mph. My guess is it’s probably 70%-30% in favor of never playing again. So for the sake of this blog, let’s say he never steps on the bump again.
Here’s the wacky thing. This guy never has to work another day in his life! Strasbug signed for around 15 million, right? Take away half for taxes and 5% for Boras, and you’ve still got around 7 left. That’s a nice number to have in the bank. That will pretty much do it. I’m not sure that he’ll be flying around in his own private jet, but he’ll never have to work another day in his life if he doesn’t want to.
Does that seem slightly out of whack to you? It sure does to me. What did this guy do to deserve a free pass for the rest of his life? Less than half a year in the big leagues, an impressive amateur career at SDSU, probably dominant career in Little League? Is that all it takes? Something is wrong and needs to be fixed.
I don’t know the answer, but I know the draft thing needs an overhaul. I’ll tell you one thing, I don’t ever want to hear another owner cry poor until all of the head honchos get together and figure out a way to fix this money pit. As far as I know, the players union has no say in the matter, so what exactly is the hang up? Why are they willing to throw heaps of money at kids who, according to the odds, will probably never put on a big league uniform?
Look, I’m all for ballplayers making as much money as they can. If you put in the time, be it in the minor leagues or major leagues, get what you can while you can. But something is wrong when a kid like Strasburg spends a third of a season in the show and walks away with significantly more dough than a guy who caught in big leagues for 15 years. I’m not complaining, I’m just saying.