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Three years, buying out his remaining arb seasons, with an option for his first FA year.  Reported first by DiGiovanna. Fletch with the specifics: Jeff Fletcher ‏@JeffFletcherOCR  8s8 second

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Or he possibly runs into a wall the wrong way,  gets hit by a pitch,  breaks his leg sliding and prematurely ends his career. The guaranteed money is a pretty smart move for an athlete,  that,  like y

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On 1/18/2017 at 1:07 PM, Tyler said:

This is actually nice of the Angels to do.

This thinking always intrigues me. 

Teams give players deals like this only because they are expecting to save money. 

And the club option year is about the most team friendly thing imaginable.

Not to say Calhoun is getting screwed by getting $26M, but the Angels didn't do it to do him a favor. 

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4 hours ago, Blarg said:

@Jeff Fletcher the Angels could have paid him arbitration money and Cole could have risked injury. Guaranteed contracts are the nicest thing a franchise can do for an athlete. It is all risk for the Angels and none for Calhoun. 

I promise you they aren't doing it to do him a favor. 

They believe there is a better chance of him performing at a level that would earn him more money if they let him go Year to year. And he doesn't really have to get any better to do that. If he simply stays healthy and performs the same he'd make more money than the Angels are giving him. 

Calhoun is giving up some money in exchange for the security if he gets hurt or something. 

But when you think of it, there's a really really small risk of him suffering an injury so bad he wouldnt still get paid. 

Look at Garrett Richards last year. He still got a raise. Look at Tyson Ross. He's still going to be guaranteed $6M, with a chance at $9M, this season. 

Look at Ben Revere. He was awful and hurt in 2016 and he's still getting $4M in 2017. 

So the player is essentially buying some insurance against a catastrophic injury by leaving $4-5M on the table. 

It works for both sides. Neither is doing the other a favor, though. 

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It is more to Calhoun's advantage to take the money as career insurance than it is for the Angels to save a few bucks in arbitration. Revere isn't a great example, if healthy last season he is not taking a $4 million dollar contract.

Career ending may be rare but career disrupting isn't. You have guys like Eric Davis, Juan Encarnacion, Mo Vaughn, Don Mattingly, Nomar Garciaparra even Josh Hamilton, those are just a few big names that lucked out and got their paydays before injuries ruined their game. You can probably find a long list of guys that were on the cusp and ended up never getting back to the majors like Adam Greenberg of the Cubs that got hit by a pitch in his first MLB game that sent him back to the minors for good.

It was a good signing for both sides but is still all risk for the Angels.

 

 

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Problem with Calhoun is his age. 

22 hours ago, Jeff Fletcher said:

This thinking always intrigues me. 

Teams give players deals like this only because they are expecting to save money. 

And the club option year is about the most team friendly thing imaginable.

Not to say Calhoun is getting screwed by getting $26M, but the Angels didn't do it to do him a favor. 

 

Calhoun is more proven than Jon Singleton, but that is the risk. Any time a team forfeits its right to non-tender a contract, then they are in a comprimising position.

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