Keeping up with the Arizonas
The Braves and Diamondbacks had nearly identical payrolls in 2013. Arizona’s local TV contract is a little better — they receive $31 million annually for their broadcasting rights — but the Braves made up for it in attendance, drawing 5,000 more fans a game than the Snakes.
The similarities end there. According to Ken Rosenthal, the D-backs should be considered “major players” for Japanese ace Masahiro Tanaka.
While the D-backs did not make Choo a formal offer, they knew his price and likely would have intensified their interest if they had failed to acquire outfielder Mark Trumbo, according to major league sources.
Choo’s agent, Scott Boras, had informed teams that they only could enter the discussions by bidding in the seven-year, $140 million range, sources said. The Yankees reportedly made such an offer. The D-backs, after including ownership in their internal discussions, were open to the idea, sources said.
While Braves beat writer Mark Bowman says he’d be surprised if Freddie Freeman is signed to an extension, Arizona shrewdly locked up their young first sacker, Paul Goldschmidt, through 2019. They also signed Martin Prado to a four-year, $40 million extension after the Braves said they couldn’t afford to. That contract already looks like a bargain considering the money that’s been thrown around this offseason.
How long before the Braves are being outbid by the Rays and A’s?