By Rick Horrow and Karla Swatek
April 5, 2013
Major League Baseball’s opening week has been particularly lucrative for a couple players. Buster Posey, last season’s NL Most Valuable Player, signed a nine-year, $167 million extension with the San Francisco Giants. The deal is the second richest for a catcher in MLB history. Meanwhile, the Detroit Tigers signed 2011 AL Cy Young winner Justin Verlander to a seven-year, $180 million extension. Verlander is the third pitcher to break the record for highest average annual contract value in the past four months. Amazingly, the Posey and Verlander deals dwarf the eight-year, $120 million deal signed by Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus, which would have been top news any other week, but this week was nothing more than an afterthought.
These days, as the game of baseball is growing internationally, communication is more important than ever. General managers in the offseason have to stay in touch with their stars, agents, and scouts overseas. With nearly half of the General Managers coming from the “moneyball” statistical era, they should and do rely on products like Citrix GoToMeeting online video conferencing for advance communication, scouting reports, trade discussions, etc.