Yu Darvish is the newest Chicago Cubs pitcher, but that’s not making the free agent market move any faster. And Jon Lester, one of Chicago’s four (?) aces, doesn’t understand it.
“I dona��t know behind closed doors whata��s being said, whata��s not being said. Ita��s just alarming. Wea��re not talking about middle relievers with 5 ERAs. Wea��re talking about big guys.”
But Lester doesn’t stop there.
“Therea��s no reason why Jake Arrieta or J.D. Martinez or any of these guys should have to sign a one-year deal. Thata��s ridiculous. Therea��s too much money in the game. Therea��s money to be spent and for whatever reason ita��s not being spent.”
Lester’s not wrong, of course. But fans conveniently like to forget that MLB brought in over $10 billion in revenue last season. Not only that, but fans seem to forget that it’s the mega-rich owners that routinely want fans/cities to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to fund a new stadium. But when players ask for what they’re worth relative to their team’s value? Apparently that’s a problem.
There’s no reason for one-third of the league to be ‘tanking’ or rebuilding. But that’s where we”re at. Jon Lester doesn’t like it, and there’s no reason why anyone should.
Unless you’re an owner, of course.