You see it every time. Teams always sign their players to team friendly deals avoiding arbitration years and adding a team option or two.
The Player gets financial security.
The team gets to control that player at a reasonable cost.
The Team gets a "team friendly" contract, as long as the player maintains the same level of performance or improves.
Unless its an exceptional player who requires an exception to their stupid policy of waiting until the player's contract expires (Cano), the Yankees ALWAYS wait.
I realize the player can get injured anytime during an extension but have you ever considered that the player can get injured anytime AFTER getting a ridiculous contract because 29 other teams have a chance to get into a bidding war then you are forced to overpay? It just doesn't make sense.
The Yankees always never negotiate contract extensions, which is probably the 2nd biggest thing that bothers me about them (The first being their scouting department; not Brian Cashman personally but the scouts.)
I'm not even asking us to hand out a $200M+ contract extension like the Reds gave to Joey Votto or the $90M extension the Giants gave to Pence a few weeks before he hit FA. I'm talking about extensions that buy out arbitration years, and are often worth $10M at minimum and $50M at most. It would just be nice if they extended promising players, and we have a chance to watch them in pinstripes a long time, instead of worrying about them leaving the Yankees when they become a FA, or overpaying them because 29 other teams have a chance to get into a bidding war.
I will later include a list of the most recent contract extensions. Do you consider any of them "bad contracts?"
Players I wish they would extend:
Brett Gardner (Even though I'm no Brett Gardner Fan, all it takes is one 50 SB season and he's getting a contract similar to Ellsbury. I think he's really close to Bourn territory too. )