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NFT: Ryan Zimmerman opts out of 2020 season

81_Great_Dane : 6/29/2020 6:09 pm
I think we're going to see a lot of this from MLBers who are in their 30s and don't need the money.

In the NFL, it'll start younger but basically it'll be the same. Guys who are young and need the money can't opt out. Some of those who can, will.
Nationals’ Ryan Zimmerman opts out of 2020 MLB season - ( New Window )
No suprise at all with him...  
BC Eagles94 : 6/29/2020 7:59 pm : link
He has made 140 mill in his career so far. And this year he had only a 2 mill contract. Then you prorate that down to about 750k with only 60 games. So what does he get after taxes? About 400k? Not to mention he just finally won a ring last year. If there was anyone to opt out this year, it is him!
Makes sense  
UConn4523 : 6/29/2020 8:13 pm : link
just continue to spend time with your family, that money after taxes is pretty much lunch money for him. I don’t blame him for taking a hiatus.
you'll see it here and there  
MetsAreBack : 6/30/2020 9:16 am : link
a few guys in the NBA have backed out too. But in football not many non-QBs have been around long enough / made enough money to forfeit a season. In most cases we are talking 10-15% of expected career earnings lost if they do. And I havent heard even Rivers/Brady/Big Ben/Rodgers... guys that can walk away... say anything. In fact, guys like Cam who could take a year away -- just signed.

So we'll see, but as mentioned above, Ryan Zimmerman was a pretty unique situation. I thought I read someone in his immediate family was higher risk on top of everything else too.
Cannot blame these  
section125 : 6/30/2020 9:34 am : link
guys for opting out. I honestly think even the best Docs do not have a clue as to what this is doing. Being able to comfortably walk away is not a bad situation to be in.

I do think that of all the sports baseball is the one with the least amount of physical contact. All relative I guess.
Ian Desmond  
pjcas18 : 6/30/2020 9:41 am : link
opts out.

pregnant wife, 4 young kids at home (and he's made close to $100M in his career).
oh yeah, my post above was about football  
MetsAreBack : 6/30/2020 9:48 am : link
(and you can throw hockey in there too)

Baseball - these guys are working for 37 cents on the dollar this year (all that matters to them is annual comp, not # of games played), so i could see a lot of vet guys that have made north of $50 or 100 mil and dont have the greatest contracts this year sitting it out.

Of course if the NFL only ends up playing half a season and similarly asks for players to take 60%+ paycuts, then sure players will sit out there too... even moreso probably considering all the training and injury risk required to get game-ready.
Trout next?  
BillKo : 6/30/2020 11:33 am : link
Madden said he would have no problem with any player opting out due to COVID.

And Trout's wife is due in August.............
They can all opt out  
averagejoe : 6/30/2020 12:00 pm : link
caring less and less about sports. The money and the posturing and the massive roid abuse. Love the games but getting hard to find something to care about .
I hope we don’t see too many opt out  
mfsd : 6/30/2020 12:43 pm : link
but obviously I don’t begrudge anyone who does. zimmerman’s case makes a lot of sense

The expanded rosters plus some guys opting out will give a lot more fringe roster guys a chance, which could actually be fun. Some unknown could get hot for a month or two and become an unsung hero.

I know all the usual caveats, it’s like an exhibition season, blah blah blah...but will be great to have baseball back, and see some guys and teams make the most of it
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