Yup, I definitely disagree with it. We also weren't talking 6.5 before. Establishing himself gets him a difference of 1.5 mil? Come on now. Could have afforded to sign Sam to the extra 2 million it would have took to lock him up. If he's as much of a savant as you say he is, with every single move working perfectly towards this incredible canvas of cap brilliance, he could have found a spot to make room for 2 mil over 2 years considering it would have saved us about 2-3 mil a year going forward over the next 6.
But he didn't. Because the reason he didn't do it was because he wasn't sure about Sam, it's obvious. I can even accept the view that it was the appropriate strategy, to mitigate risk, sooner than I'll be fed the idea that he wanted to willingly pay more later over a longer period so he could pay a little bit less now for a shorter time frame.
And even if would have cost us a vet, I'd take one less vet reinforcement now (hey how much does Vesey make?) if it meant we could add one or two later when we are actually competing for a cup.
Would you rather have a Reinhart locked in at 5.5, and an extra 3rd, or Reinhart for 3.6 this year and last, probably 7.5-8 going forward, and Jimmy Vesey this year?
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I can see staunch arguments on both sides of the Eichel or Reinhart situations, and these are the moves we must point to as his best, cap wise. I don't know why it's a wonder I simply wanted to give him an "incomplete" grade on cap management.
I want to leave this one here lest I be known as the "you said Botterill sux at the cap Guy". Eager to see how he manages the roster now that we are past the easier navigating.