As the flurry of pre-winter meeting activity ramps up, I was thinking about the big free agent signings and the total amount of money being spent: Robinson Cano gets $240,000,000. Jacoby Ellsbury gets $153,000,000. Curtis Granderson gets a mere $60,000,000. Jhonny Peralta, $52,000,000. Brian McCann, $85,000,000.
How much money is that, really? Just seems like numbers on a page. I was trying to think of a way to put it in different terms. And I think I found one.
According to the free market for baseball players, you can buy the services of four players, Robinson Cano, Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann, and Curtis Granderson for $538 million dollars.
Here's something else you can buy for $538 million dollars: a spaceship that can drill into the crust of another planet. With 25% extra to spare for upgrades and cost overruns.
NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory are currently building a spacecraft called InSight, which will travel to Mars in 2016. InSight is designed to land on Mars and study the planet's geology by drilling a probe five meters into the Martian soil. The measurements it takes will enable scientists to learn more about the structure of the planet and how it formed.
Total cost: $425 million.
I don't begrudge the players the money. It is what the market will bear. But...well, the market reflects the values of our society, and the values of our society are fucked up.