Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Colorado: Be Wary of Tulo's New Deal
So how is this a questionable deal for the Rockies? They just signed one of the best in the game and the cornerstone of their franchise. However, look at the two past megadeals that the Rockies have handed out. Mike Hampton signed an 8 year, $121 million deal before the 2001 season. Backfired. Todd Helton signed a 9 year, $141.5 million deal in 2001. Backfired (yes, Helton had some good seaons, but injuries have derailed his career and the Rockies were barely ever competitive during that contract except for 2007). According to cbssports.com the Rockies 2010 payroll was the 16th highest in baseball at $84.2 million. When Tulo's extension kicks in for the 2014 season, he will be payed $16 million just for that season and $20 million a season from 2015 to 2019 before making a base salary of $14 million in the final year of the contract. $20 million is roughly 25% of the Rockies yearly payroll. With how high baseball salaries are, it will be hard for the Rockies to put 24 quality players around Tulo in order to field a winning team. Just as Hampton's deal and Helton's deal handicapped the Rockies, they may have just done the same thing by signing their franchise player to a hefty extension. They may have a great player, but you shouldn't expect great teams in Denver during the next decade.