Does ANYONE Want the Prince?

Who would have guessed the one-two punch of the Winter Meetings, Prince the undercard with Albert the Main Event, would become so…unfulfilling?  We were promised, all season long, that the Hot Stove would be boiling this winter with two elite free agents on the loose.  We were told that once one punch landed, the other would be close behind.  But the uppercut that carried 254 million pounds of sheer media force landed before the opening act even entered the ring.  Perhaps Mr. Fielder was left, holding the spit bucket, wondering why he wasn’t the first to go.  Really though, how do you follow-up the 3rd biggest contract in history?  Well, if the speculation from those that “know” is to be believed, you demand to be treated as The Machines equal, and ask to be shown the money in kind.   If that is true then I, for one, believe he will sit in some room somewhere, checking to see if his phone still has a dial-tone, for all the calls he’s gonna get.

Newsday is reporting that Fielder wanted the Cubs to call, because he can crush it at Wrigley, but they look like a team in the middle of a pit-stop after a blown gasket.  The article goes on to mention The Nats (probably not after the Werth burn last year) and Toronto (doesn’t want to commit to more than 5 years).  I’ll tell you this: it is fun to watch a Boras client, as seemingly greedy as Boras himself, have to sit by and wait while the stove turns cold.  If CarGo (another Boras client) proved anything with his contract, it’s that if the client really wanted to sign for less money than the agent thinks he’s worth, he does have the power to do so –  no matter how grumpy the agent looks at the press table after the ink is spilled.

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ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
8 years ago

Another ITR poster brought this up briefly last week, but the TV revenue dollar amounts for certain teams is starting to really be a game changer. I just read that the Nationals TV revenue will dramatically increase which may allow them to sign Fielder. Teams like the Rangers, Angels and Dodgers have all very recently signed huge TV deals. The Rockies deal may be obsolete now. I really don’t know the details. Be interesting to know more of how they… Read more »

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
8 years ago
Reply to  ProgMatinee

Prog, are you referencing the Forbes story on tv contracts they ran like on Christmas eve?

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
8 years ago
Reply to  Mike Raysfan

No, haven’t read that article but I will. I’m just recalling various new deals I heard about over the past year or so, just saw on MLBTR that DC is renegotiating their deal. Whats the status of the Rockies deal. Unfortunately I don’t think even if the deal was restructured that it would be as beneficial as the bigger cities. I just don’t think the Rockies have the heart of the local fan base that much despite a nice draw.… Read more »

Bob in WV
Bob in WV
8 years ago
Reply to  ProgMatinee

FWIW, the Rockies may not have the largest metropolitan market out there, but I can’t imagine a team with a larger geographical one. Aren’t the Rockies the local team for SLC, Albuquerque, Sante Fe, and all points north? Granted these areas are dwarfed in population by some major cities, but I would think that cumulatively there is some marketing power in the sheer vastness of the region. How that plays into a Root Sports contract is beyond my knowledge, however.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
8 years ago

FSN Rocky Mountain Extends Agreement with Rockies to 2020 PDF Print E-mail User Rating: / 1 PoorBest Written by Maury Brown Tuesday, 18 November 2008 15:05 RockiesFSN Rocky Mountain and the Colorado Rockies have reached a long-term carriage extension that will see the Rockies on FSN through 2020 – 12 years. As part of the agreement, FSN Rocky Mountain will have an exclusive deal. Since 2003 Denver’s KTVD-TV (Channel 20) has carried the Rockies, as well, but will no longer… Read more »

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
8 years ago
Reply to  ProgMatinee

Found that above article. Doesn’t look good from a business standpoint. Not knowng the numbers but if the boon in $$ paid by networks is a more recent trend than a contract executed in 2008 probably arrived too soon. And locked in til 2020? Sigh…typical Rockies luck.

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