Sunday, May 16, 2010

Just A Storen Thought

If the Nats have been hesitant to bring up Storen and Strasburg because of Super-2 concerns...

And because there's been talk of bringing Storen up before Strasburg (maybe as part of a Bruney/Chico/Storen flop?)...

Wouldn't it sorta make sense to bring up Storen sooner rather than later? If the team thinks they're both going to stick for the entire time, then promoting Storen might reduce Strasburg's salary.

Look at it this way: If you 'guarantee' (or at least increase the odds) of Storen being a Super Two, that's one more player ahead of Strasburg on the service time list for S2 eligibility. By calling up Storen, they could be helping to push Strasburg off the end of the list (since it's calculated based upon the 17% of players with the highest service time.

Storen could -- absolute worst case scenario for the team -- make only like $3-5 million more as a S2, whereas Strasburg could be in the $15-20 range. So by spending $5 million, they could save $15?

I dunno... just a thought.

  • UPDATE: And just like that, he's called up. Woo. Man, it's wonderful to have the team do exactly what I tell them to do.


    • I had not considered that, but it's a compelling point.

      The financial incentives to the Lernastens would seem to be irresistible. Then there is the feeling of absolute power that comes from moving their various chess pieces around to control their own destiny. It must taste delicious to them.

      By Blogger Bote Man, at 5/16/2010 1:15 PM  

    • Interesting logic, and it sort of works. Putting another player into the mix might push Strasburg back further, but is 'Super-two' status based on the top 17% per position, or overall?

      By Anonymous BinM, at 5/16/2010 1:29 PM  

    • They heard ya!

      By Blogger Bote Man, at 5/16/2010 5:54 PM  

    • I suspect that the NATS need him NOW to stabilize a shakey bullpen had more to do with it than the money (relative less at stake than Strasberg's). Your previous post on Harper captured my sentiments exactly.

      By Anonymous Sec 204 Row H Seat 7, at 5/17/2010 12:19 PM  

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