All throughout the Fast 50 Years of Major League Baseball allows for free agency the The amount of high-end cash available to players has increased exponentially.

However, the emotions remain very similar. the Start of long-term megadeals: Gratitude, wonder, and, at times, disbelief at a player’s own good fortune.

Last week, Xander Boogaerts didn’t keep it a secret of Imagine how he might have reacted to his agent’s announcement that an 11 year contract was possible. of $280 million.

“I would have kissed him,” Bogaerts stated this at last week’s Petco Park press conference, San Diego. He was looking directly at Scott Boras his agent. “I would have. I haven’t yet, but I might do that.”

In 1976, the Wayne Garland was the pitcher the First player to sign an unrestricted-agent agreement of at least 10 years — for $2.3 million, with Cleveland — he called his mother.

“I didn’t get the million dollars,” Garland was looking to pay that amount for over five years and told his mom.

“You’re not worth it,” She replied.

“I got two million dollars and 10 years,” He answered. He repeated his answer. the sentiment.

“She spoke the truth,” Garland (72), said that over the Telephone from Nashville’s home on Wednesday “She put it plain and simple.”

Garland, a pioneer as a member of the Advisory Board, was an inspiration of baseball’s first free-agent class. This 10-year agreement leads to three All-Star shortstops. They were each given contracts that include nearly $1B in guaranteed payments.

Dienstag, Carlos CorreaWith?, 28 the San Francisco Giants signed a $350 Million contract for 13 years that was more than the market value. the Deal signed by the Mets’ Francisco Lindor (10 years, $341 million) for the Most dollars dedicated to shortstop. Trea Turner was 29 when she signed for the Philadelphia Phillies: Philadelphia Phillies 11-years and $300 million. Bogaerts was 30, and he got $280 millions. the Padres.

After their contracts expire, CorreaTurner and Bogaerts are all in their late 40s. The Giants, Phillies and Padres do not — and cannot — expect their All Star-caliber play to continue through the In later years of These are the deals. These players may eventually require the need for position changes and Extra days discount History All of them have a reasonable chance of They are traded and released before expiry of deals.

“It’s not an exact science,” Dave Dombrowski, Philadelphia’s president of The baseball operation of projecting a player’s production as he ages. He said: “One thing I do think is, sometimes you have to differentiate between a normal big-league player and an elite athlete. I do think there are some differences in that regard. We’ve done a lot of research. An elite athlete can last longer at that performance level than other individuals can.”

With this season’s additions, there have been 24 contracts that guaranteed a player at least 10 years — 13 via free agency and 11 via extensions. He has never had a free agent sign to such an agreement. the entire term of the contract.

Dave Winfield’s contract aged better than most. With $23.5 Million in free agency, he signed a 10-year deal. the Yankees, 1980 and Even though he has a bad relationship with the George Steinbrenner was the Yankees’ owner, and he called him Mr. May and He was ultimately suspended from office for 2 years after he paid a gambler for trying to find embarrassing information about him. Winfield also made 8 All-Star teams for New York.

Winfield was not there of 1989. Back injury and Traded to the Angels were not in existence in 1990 the His ability was still there. In 1992, just two years after the expiration of his 10-year agreement, he came in fifth place. the American League’s Most Valuable Player Award voting and helped Toronto win the World Series. And he still was a great player at 41 the Next season.

You may also be eligible for other free-agent offers of Those who lasted 10 years or longer were less successful.

Albert Pujols was 41 years old when he signed a $240 Million 10-year contract. the Angels 2012, released in the Tenth Year of his underwhelming tenure in Anaheim, Calif. — his resurgent 2022 season with St. Louis came a year after that contract expired. Robinson Canó (10 years, $228 million with Seattle in 2014) washed out of the game last summer at 39 following two suspensions for performance-enhancing drugs — he still has one season left on the contract.

Alex Rodriguez was the signer of two 10-year agreements. In 2001, Texas signed the first contract ($252million). and He was then traded to the Only three years later, Yankees. There were seven seasons and Three M.V.P. Award into the In the end, he signed another 10-year agreement ($275m) by exercising an opt out clause. He played a major role in leading the team. the Yankees won the 2009 World Series, but his suspension was for good reason. the The entire 2014 season of connections to performance-enhancing drugs and the He was released by the team with one year remaining the deal.

These failures did not seem to discourage teams from making long-term agreements for a while. However, clubs are looking to reduce their costs. the average annual value of Partially for the purpose of competitive balance tax purposes, contracts the Long deals are back full force. Others have been extended to players with yet to establish themselves. the majors.

Fernando Tatis Jr. had a rough start. the Signed a fourteen-year contract the Before Padres the He will be back to stardom in 2021, however there is optimism that he can overcome his suspension. and injuries. Other young players signed to speculative megadeals include Seattle’s Julio Rodríguez (12 years, with options that could make it 18), Tampa Bay’s Wander Franco (11 years, with an option for 12) and Atlanta’s Austin Riley (10 years, with an option for 11).

Garland, who was just 26 at the time of signing his 10-year contract, had just finished a memorable 1976 season that saw him go 20-7. the Baltimore Orioles boast a 2.67 E.R.A. over 232⅓ innings. With free agency a new concept, not everybody understood Garland’s motives — even with his big payday.

“Some people were happy for me, some were jealous of me, some people said nobody is worth that,” Garland: of Jerry Kapstein was his agent and negotiated the contract. Kapstein was also able to secure a 10-year contract. the outfielder Richie Zisk in 1978 — the Initial contract of A position player’s length.

In addition to getting more money — Baltimore had offered him only five years with far lower salaries — Garland liked the Idea of Joining a winning team. Cleveland had been 81-78 in 1976. However, after posting an American League-leading 19 losses while throwing 282⅔ innings for Cleveland in 1977, the Right-handed Garland felt twinges in his shoulder the Next spring and, by April’s end, could barely get the Toss the ball the plate. Garland suffered torn rotator wrist. and His season-ending operation was performed. He was never the same.

The world was different back then.

Garland stated that he was happy with his recovery. “they made me travel with the team. I had to come to the ballpark every day.” The police set up a walkie-talkie for him. the Use the press box andHe assisted from there the Rocky Colavito assists in the positioning of outfielders.

“They made me do it,” Garland claimed. “If I didn’t do it, I was going to get fined.”

These duties are not required for players today, however. the Many megadeals were cut short in order to make room for just one. of There are two main reasons. the player ages, or a dramatic shift in a team’s philosophy.

“Giancarlo Stanton has come of age, and he’s going to be here a long time,” Jeffrey Loria the Marlins’ owner at the Stanton signed a 13-year extension worth $325 Million for time in 2014,

It’s been three years since then. the Marlins were bought and Stanton was transferred to the Yankees.

And that’s not all the deals — whether via free agency or an extension — that called for 10 or more years, Derek Jeter (10 years, $189 million with the Yankees (2001) the Only one recipient can play the Voll-term with the You sign your team. The success was top-to-bottom. Jeter made eight All Star teams. and These 10 seasons saw 1,918 hits. Cincinnati’s Joey Votto, 39, is entering the Final season of An extension for 10 years, worth $225 millions and Has a chance of joining Jeter, as players who have completed such a deal the Signing team

Garland wasn’t happy. Cleveland released him in 1982 after he had been out of the country for five years. and His contract had 99 games. According to him, it was difficult for him to get along with his fellow players following his injuries. and After his exit, he had a few words of resentful with the team and their officials. “just make sure you send the check every two weeks.” At the time, he was thirty-one.

It wasn’t until he became a coach in the Pittsburgh and Cincinnati-based organizations the According to him, 1990s the ice melted.

“I got more thanks after I was through playing,” Garland claimed. “From the younger people saying ‘thanks to you, you made it better for all of us.’”

He hasn’t watched baseball in 20 years, he said, and added that he wasn’t even familiar with this off-season’s big-money shortstops.

However, details are important. of Correa’s contract were relayed, Garland said, “God bless him.”