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Braun's Contract Latest In Trend Of Deals For Young MLB Stars
Published May 16, 2008
|Braun Signs Largest Contract In Brewers' History|Marlins To Formally Announce Six-Year,
$70M Contract Extension Over Weekend
ECONOMIC IMPACT: MLB Commissioner Bud Selig at the MLB Owners meetings Thursday said of the new trend of contracts for young players, "We talked a lot about that. It certainly depends on the player, but I'm sure teams will continue to seek out (these kinds of deals). It's certainly a function, in some ways, of our current economic situation" (Eric Fisher, SportsBusiness Journal). Meanwhile, Fox' Ken Rosenthal said that Braun's deal was an "indication that revenue sharing in baseball is having an effect." Rosenthal: "If not for revenue sharing, the Brewers probably wouldn't have been able to lock up [Braun]. It's good for the game" (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 5/16).
NOT DEALING WITH THE DEVIL: The Rays Wednesday signed P Scott Kazmir to a three-year, $28.5M extension, and in St. Petersburg, Gary Shelton wrote it was a "terrific signing for the Rays." For a team that "isn't exactly swimming in payroll, they keep investing in their own products." The deal is "one more piece of evidence that this front office has a plan." The Rays are "certain enough of their blueprint, confident enough in their evaluations and committed enough to spend the money" (ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 5/15).