Arbitration for Atkins

Anyone who has been reading my blog for any amount of time would know that I am Garrett Atkins21.jpgabsolutely, hands down in love with this man.
Garrett Atkins is, without a doubt, my favorite baseball player. I think he puts up good numbers for the team, is one of the veterans, and has seemed to be an all around good guy. Between the team’s top players, he has the most at bats, is second in OBP, and third in slugging. Yes, he is absolutely my favorite player.

Recently, six Rockies players filed for arbitration: Clint Barmes, Jorge De La Rosa, Jason Grilli, Huston Street, Taylor Buchholz, and Atkins. All have reached a one year settlement with the Rockies, except for Garrett Atkins. First, I understand the need for pitching talent, however, Huston Street has never actually played with the team so it’s questionable about how he’ll mesh with the rest of them. Now, I’m all for signing a different closer because most people also know that I don’t much care for Manny Corpas. With De La Rosa, from the first pitch, you know exactly what kind of game it’s going to be. When the guy is on, he’s on, but when he’s off, he’s way off. I’m all for the settlement’s reached between Clint Barmes, Jason Grilli, and Taylor Buchholz; I really like those three. We’ll see how De La Rosa and Street end up performing, I mean, in my opinion Buchholz could even take on the role of closer, but ya know, whatever. Anyway, Atkins is asking for $7.95 million and the club countered with $6.3 million.

I wrote a blog titled A Luxury, and on it, I received a comment from Ryan over at Prose and Ivy who talked about salary caps and baseball players, like the rest of us, having the right to make as much as they can out of what they do. I couldn’t agree more with that. Like the Joker says, “if you’re good at something, never do it for free.” Baseball players do deserve to make the most that they can for what they do.

I understand Atkins being a veteran and being well worth the investment, however, I feel like for a one year deal, he’s asking for a lot. Now, don’t get me wrong, I really do believe that Atkins is worth a lot of money, but $7.95 million? Atkins request was the third highest behind Ryan Howard and Prince Fielder. Recently, Jonathan Papelbon, someone I would consider one of the best closers in major leagues, settled for $6.25 million. I consider Garrett Atkins good, and there’s no question that I’m crazy about the man, but I can’t help but compare one of the best closers who strikes fear into the batters he faces to a third baseman that no one outside of Colorado has ever really heard of.

The Rockies have mentioned that there’s possibility for a multi year contract, in which case, yes, I would absolutely approve as long as they didn’t make the same mistake as they did signing Todd Helton to such a large deal where they couldn’t keep other players. To see Garrett Atkins in a Rockies uniform for years to come would be absolutely wonderful, because, well, I love him, oh, and he… ya know, brings talent.

I guess what it comes down to, is that what a player makes is really none of my business. I would hope that most athletes out there are honest (ha ha, I mean, look at how honest Barry Bonds is… (oh… that was a low blow, I’m mean)), but if Atkins believes that he deserves to make $7.95 million, I would like to believe that yes he does deserve it. I mean, trust me, if I had all the money in the world, I would give it to him in a heart beat. Unfortunately, I don’t have all the money in the world, and neither does the club. I guess it’s just my hope that in these economic times, players are understanding that only clubs like the Yankees… and… I guess… the Yankees are it, have enough money to give out a $200 million payroll. 



  1. juliasrants

    Emily – I think we are seeing this off-season that there are a lot of players who feel they are deserving of LARGE salaries (oh, say like MANNY!) and what has happened? None of them have places to play! And if they aren’t careful they will be on the outside looking in come spring training. Good luck! I hope they sign Garrett for you very soon!



    Its all about the ego sometimes but there are some if not a few players out there who are deserving of the large $$$ on their paycheck. I do think it is our business in a way since it’s our money we fork out at the games etc etc that goes into their pockets. šŸ™‚

  3. iliveforthis

    Julia- Oh my god, I freaking hate “Man-Ram” talk about an arrogant SOB.

    Kathy- I totally agree. It’s a privilege to play baseball and to be part of somethings so great, so they should all just that crap off.

    Sheena- Ego’s just seem to get in the way, and I agree that few players are deserving of large sums of money. I almost said some mean things about Alex Rodriguez and then was like, “oh crap… she’s a Yankees fan.” So, ya know, had to bite my tongue there, but I thought I would share that hilarious piece of information with you.

  4. rockymountainway

    Emily I’m so happy for you 21! You went from being a little shy to getting out there and look at the response! I’m happy my back to back Timeouts are in the top 25 and I hope people continue to learn more about you and read your blog. Rock on!

  5. iliveforthis

    Thanks Tom! I was pretty stoked when I went on and saw it. Despite not having any lucky finding a job, it’s been a damn good week.

  6. Elizabeth D

    I hope that Garett and the Rockies can come to a solid agreement. Arbitration is such a tricky process, I don’t like how the teams try and bring down their players just so they don’t have to pay as much. It makes them feel unappreciated. I think what the Rockies are offering is a fair deal, and I totally understand your comparison between Atkins and Papelbon. Let’s just get back to baseball!!

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