Friday, February 1, 2008

The Young Folks

Another Haudricourt joint stresses a point that will be vital to the club's future... locking up some of our young talent before they reach salary arbitration for the first time after this season.

Haudricourt says GM Doug Melvin hopes to lock up Corey Hart, Rickie Weeks and Prince Fielder to long term deals before their salary spikes in their first year of arbitration. Currently J.J. Hardy and the club are attempting to reach and agreement before an arbitration hearing (which would be Melvin's first as Brewers GM) later this month.

I like the idea of locking up some of the youngsters while we can. If it means we pay a bit more before we have to, the assurance of a long term relationship with these players is well worth it. The Rockies recently locked up NL Rookie of the Year runner-up Troy Tulowitzki to a six-year, $30 million deal, the largest sum for any player with less than two years experience. The Indians locked up Grady Sizemore to similar terms (6/23.5MM) in 2006.

I think Hart, with his 30/30 capability, is one of the more attainable and most important baby Brewers to ink quick. As most people could assume, and Haudricout also makes mention of, Prince will be the most difficult, as he is a Boras client and seems to have the higest ceiling as far as salary.

It doesn't hurt to try and reach an agreement with some or all of these players as they approach first year arbitration. If we lock up some of the youngsters, maybe this won't be such a win right now sort of season, all while letting the pulse of your team make the money they've earned.

I await Jared's comments.


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