Both of these young stars have been locked up to long term deals by their franchises. It's obvious that both players decided to take security over a potentially larger reward down the road.
I'm really struck by the Braun deal. I understand Kazmir's actions to the extent that he's probably worried he'll blow his arm out and he wants to make sure his family is taken care of. However, Kazmir still hits FA in his 20's even with this deal. Ryan Braun has essentially forfeited his entire prime and with it, his chance at a mega deal unless he's still solid into his 30's. I really think Braun has left an absolutely astounding amount of money on the table by giving up 2 years of FA that mean he won't actually hit the market till he's comfortably north of 30.
These were both obviously great deals for the Rays and Brewers, but the hat tip really must go to the Brew Crew for the best young player deal since Omar bilked Reyes.