Baseball wizard Neal Huntington has struck again inking budding super-star Starling Marte to a 6 year contract extension worth $31m.
Huntingon is officialy the Gandolph of Major League Baseball.
I thought myself that it would take much more to get Starling to budge, but congratulations to him and to his family. You are now filthy rich and will continue to get richer.
That means for those of you keeping track, we now have Andrew McCutchen, Pedro Alvarez, Neil Walker, Gregory Polanco, Jordy Mercer, Gaby Sanchez, Jose Tabata, and Starling Marte all locked up through at least next year. That’s two more years of big time fun in the field folks.
With Tony Sanchez poised to take over the starting Catcher duties next season, we are going to lose nothing in regards to offensive production, we have no free-agency needs to fill next year in the field, and we can focus on getting even deeper at pitcher and continue to build the minor league system. A farm system that is ranked number 1 by the way.
And all of that for $70 million. I’ll tell you what. If Neal Huntington isn’t a mad scientist, I don’t know who is.
Isn’t life grand!!
Monday marks the first game en route to a second straight playoff berth. This time, we walk away with the title. But it won’t be an easy contest however. Jeff Samardzija is a certifiable number one when he actually wants to pitch. His numbers only decreased last year when the Cubs were completely out of it.
In two games at PNC park last year Samardzija only gave up 1 run and struck out 17 Pirates. So don’t think that the Pirates can waltz in and claim a victory by default against the lowly Cubs. This game will be a grinder from start to finish.
One thing is for certain however. With the talent we have on the field and in the pipeline, it’s safe to say that baseball is back in a big way in Pittsburgh and it’s not going anywhere.
Come on aboard the Jolly Roger friends and enjoy the ride….There’s plenty of room.