Cy Young winner Dickey, Mets still negotiating

Dec 12, 2012 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: SFGate

In this Sept. 27, 2012, file photo, New York Mets starting pitcher R.A. Dickey delivers against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning of a baseball game at Citi Field in New York.

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One good season and he wants to be paid an elite pitcher's salary. How do we know he isn't a one year wonder? He does deserve a substantial raise, but if he wants to be paid like one of the elite, perhaps he should have a bonus laden contract that will allow him to make an eleite pitcher's pay only if he reaches certain levels of performance.
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Unfortunately, flbadcatowner, MLB contracts cannot include performance-based bonuses. They may include bonuses for "x" amount of innings pitched, but they cannot contain bonuses based on the quality of those innings.

More important, though, there's nothing wrong with rewarding a pitcher for past performance, nor are there any rules against it. Dickey put in three (not one) well-above-average seasons with the Mets. "One good season" is hardly an accurate assessment.

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milla wrote:
Unfortunately, flbadcatowner, MLB contracts cannot include performance-based bonuses. They may include bonuses for "x" amount of innings pitched, but they cannot contain bonuses based on the quality of those innings.
More important, though, there's nothing wrong with rewarding a pitcher for past performance, nor are there any rules against it. Dickey put in three (not one) well-above-average seasons with the Mets. "One good season" is hardly an accurate assessment.
Innings are still a bonus as an ineffective pitcher will likely get less work than one who shuts the opposition down with regularity.
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<quoted text>Innings are still a bonus as an ineffective pitcher will likely get less work than one who shuts the opposition down with regularity.
Your argument is logical on the surface. I wish the topic could be debated, but it's the rule of law when it comes to writing MLB contracts. The number of innings a pitcher pitches means little these days in regard to effectiveness....especially these days, what with pitch counts, specialty relievers, etc. Pretty soon, we may be seeing bonuses come in the form of inning caps, heh.

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Starters who can't get hitters out are always in danger of being relegated to the role of lost cause mop up man in the bullpen or worse which definitely will impact innings bonuses for a starting pitcher.

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