Fantasy baseball has opened my eyes to many facets of baseball that I’ve never really payed attention to in the past. One phenomenon that has gotten my attention this year is what I’m dubbing “Big Contract-itis”, i.e. player signs big-money contract, player proceeds to have significant drop in performance.
Close to home in Arlington, we have witnessed this phenomenon with Rangers “ace”, Scott Feldman. He had a stellar 2009, got rewarded with a big contract in 2010 (big by Rangers standards), and has proceeded to look like hammered shiite so far this season.
Last night at the ballpark, I watched the Rangers hammer “King” Felix Hernandez…again. Felix is hardly his 2009 self and guess what? Big contract and long-term commitment from the Mariners at the beginning of the season.
While I realize we are only at the 1/3 mark of the season, I can’t help notice that big contract-itis seems to have afflicted others around the league: Ryan Howard, Jason Bay, Chone Figgins, and much to my fantasy baseball dismay, Joe Mauer.
So, BAPL Nation, I want to know what you think of this phenomenon:
1. If there is such a thing, is it a conscious thought process, or subconscious thought process?
2. Is Big Contract-itis a manifestation of the human tendency to get complacent when secure?
3. Or is it just too early in the season to be diagnosing this “disease”?
Lemee know what you think…
In the fantasy baseball system, Ryan Doumit/Yuniesky Betancourt for Joe Mauer trade-rape offers are
considered especially heinous. At BAPL, the dedicated detectives who investigate these vicious cognitive assaults are members of an
elite squad known as the Trade Rape Unit.
These are their stories:
Week 6 Trade-Rapist Profiling Report from undercover BAPL:TRU agent
Only six weeks into my assignment, I’ve already observed five distinct trade rape profiles. Suspects may exhibit one or more of the following personalities:
The Candy Man
Like a grade-school playground predator, this trade rape perpetrator preys on fantasy baseball newbies, hoping to capitalize on the victim’s naivete and newcomer need to fit in.
The Serial Trade Rapist
This personality exhibits uninhibited trade-rape tendencies, often seeking out multiple victims several times per day or week with the most ludicrous of offers.
The Tijuana/Border Town Trade Rapist
South-of-the-border cousin to The Candy Man, Tijuana Man attempts to turn a reasonable, win-win offer into a Pay-US-200-dollars-for-worthless-trinket counter-offer transaction. Do NOT drink the water.
The Ambulance Chaser
Ambulance Chaser usually strikes when the victim faces a seemingly insurmountable point deficit. Perp is attempting to capitalize on low spirits during a down day/week and acts of patch-work desperation on the part of the victim.
The Herpes Salesman
Herpes Salesman is typically over-confident and narcissistic, but talks a good game. His M.O. consists of picking up waiver-wire crack wh0res with flash-in-the-pan stats, only to immediately turn around and attempt a trade of said crack wh0re via a Courtney Love for Jessica Biel caliber trade rape offer.
End of report.
Signed: Agent Lobster.