Wednesday, September 2, 2009

The whole Hardy thing

I think he's kind of being a bitch about the whole thing, like people are saying, when a player makes a move like the Brewers did, securing their financial future, doing what's best for themselves(in this case the whole team) then people look at it and say, well that's just a smart business move. When an organization does it, people look down on it like they are some sort of evil conglomerate trying to fuck everyone in the ass while they greedily steal money from anyone and everyone who steps into their path. As Juice added too, it's not like he's put himself in a position to not have this happen to him. Then he has the balls to say something like 'At first I felt OK. It would give me a chance to relax," said Hardy, who avoided arbitration this season by signing a one-year, $4.65 million deal in the winter. "But that's when my agent told me about the 20 days."'. Oh so you're willing to admit you're playing like shit, but it's ok because you have a different excuse now for why they sent you down?

I like Hardy, he's a good shortstop and the last two years he'd actually been hitting well, this year will probably not be indicative of the type of hitter he actually is, but business is business my friend and I hope we get a really good pitcher for you. That being said, I don't really like the way everyone pretty much knows now that we are locked into trading him this winter. Doesn't it seem like that would lower the asking price? Unless we get lucky and 2 or 3 teams start clamoring over him, if one team knows we want to move him, why wouldn't they just low ball us and say fuck you, play next year with 2 shortstops. I am slightly concerned...


Juicelaw said...

I agree, except that when something happens like this in the NFL. EVERYONE takes the organizations side no matter what, even though the situation for NFL players is about a million times worse (no guarantees, potential life threatening injuries, short careers, no minor league, actually have to not weigh 350 lbs unless you are a lineman) than it is for baseball players.

Bear said...

The NFL has a salary cap, so it's a little easier for complete idiots to visualize how instant things like contracts and player interactions affect the team for that year.

Organizational leaders only have to point out, hey we don't have cap room to be messing around with paying a below average player 5 million a year when we can replace him with a rookie that makes 1 million. Which is exactly what this move is for the Brewers, it just so happens that since Hardy is young and we have no intentions of signing him long term, we can probably get a decent major league ready player in return, so why not trade him instead of waiting for his two years to be up and getting nothing but a class B FA compensation.

Baseball's goofy, people tend to take personal offense when their owner isn't bleeding themselves dry to try and spend as much as the Red Sox on washed up vets. But fans also have to realize the team's salary cap is usually pretty close to what the fan base can generate as far as revenue goes, which for the Brewers, far exceeds their market, so good on us.