Former Washington Nationals SS Ian Desmond recently agreed to a
1 year, $8 million deal to play LF and also maybe serve as an utility infielder for the Texas Rangers. It also important to know Desmond is 30 years old, turning 31 in late September.
For those of you who don't follow baseball as heavily as I do, Ian Desmond is a nice player, was a solid contributor to a decent team in DC, but in no way a superstar, a one time All Star in 2012 & has won 3 Silver Sluggers for NL SS.
Despite all that the Washington Nationals, offered Desmond a 7 year, 107 MILLION DOLLAR contract in 2014, (Superstar Money) which he turned down, then this offseason they offered him a 1 year, 15.8 million dollar qualifying option which he also turned down.
Desmond remained unsigned until last week where he agreed to an $8 million deal to become to the new Left Fielder in Arlington for the Rangers. Now by no means is 8 million dollars chump change but this dude has missed out on over $100 million by betting on himself and thinking he could get more. Now looking back with hindsight it is easy to this guy is a fucking idiot. But as a gambler myself I love the move, when I lost 2 grand on the Pats against the Colts because of a backdoor cover I thought about it for weeks. Looking back on the bet since I lost you can say it was a bad bet (even though anybody with a brain thought -9 would be a cake walk). This dude lost over 100 million dollars because of pride. Hard to say which loss is more devastating. For a broke 20 something like me, kinda gotta lead towards dozo on that one.
At least for me, I can bounce back, I'm 24 with a lot of gambling left in my future, plus who knows, someday I might even have a real job and won't have to try to strike it rich trying to outsmart Vegas. Ian Desmond is not as lucky as ole dozo on this one. Yes, he is a professional athlete. Yes, I'm sure he gets plenty of women. Yes, is only 30 years old, but in baseball that means realistically he is closer to the end of his career than the beginning, already having to move to LF is not a great sign. I may be able to win a $2000 bet in the future but I don't think any team in baseball is ever going to offer Ian Desmond $107 million dollars ever again.
Nobody is happier than the Washington Nationals on this one, talk about dodging a bullet. Although Desmond could bounce back and have some more productive seasons left in the tank, they would never be worth 107 million dollars over 7 years. And while Desmond is by no means broke, losing out on that deal sure makes it a lot easier to go broke in the future.
As you can see he's made over $20 million so far in his career, but when you factor in taxes, and an agent it's probably around half of that. Again, this dude makes millions of dollars to play a game, so it is hard to feel too bad for him. But there is no denying leaving that much money on the table is tough to swallow and down the road could eat at a person for the rest of their life. $107 million is a lot harder to blow than $20 million obviously.
My advice for Ian Desmond, don't bet on yourself when the deal is over 80 million dollars, and don't take teams favored by over a touchdown so you can try to avoid potential backbreaking, backdoor covers(Fuck you Griff Whalen) Lucky for him if he can have a good season in 2016 he might be able to fool a team into offering him a big multi-year deal again.