like Chad did to take lesser money But I mean, it's how it works. He gets what he gets, and why should he take less when Kemp, Ethier, Puig, and Ryu didn't? Like I said, it's easier said than done to take less. And that Braun deal was fantastic for Braun, he got insane financial security.. Sure, he might be underpaid sometimes but he gets great security in case of anything happening to him. Same for Longoria, Rizzo, etc. We coulda pulled a Tampa Bay Rays and tried to sign Kershaw long term way early into his career but now it's too late for that. You have two simple ways to approach these youngsters: Sign them early and guarantee them years but potentially save yourself money if they do pan out as your scouts/projections think, or take it year by year to take away risk of injury, not panning out, or not being a good fit, and then pay him big money when the time comes if they turn out great. Ned usually always takes the second route which is why we always have to pay huge money to these guys, meanwhile teams like the Rays and Brewers go for the first route because they have to be economical and take risks like this.