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Critics Of Jon Singleton’s Deal Sound Like D-Bags

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Ten million dollars, if you aren't spending money like an unemployed Bluth, is "you're going to be okay for the rest of your life" money. It's not A-Rod money, and it may not even be Mark Mulder circa 2002 money. But there is value in "okay for the rest of your life" money.

The $10 million is what stud Astros rookie Jon Singleton is guaranteed for signing a five-year contract with the club. Guys like Mulder and Bud Norris aren't happy about it. Here's Norris:

And Mulder, who also shares Norris's philosophy on Twitter handle structure:

Most grating is Mulder's "doesn't believe in himself" horseshit. As if it's nothing to make $10 million, likely closer to $35 million, and Singleton is now sitting on a stack of cash saying, "YEEEEE-HA! I do suck, and I fooled everyone!" Because I'm sure Singleton got to where he is by not believing in himself, and now he feels like he got over on someone.

That's pretty goddamn insulting of Chris Singleton, Mark Mulder. You think that's Singleton's motivation, as opposed to the perfectly obvious and understandable motivation of financial security? That's a pretty big leap. What kind of lowlife do you think Singleton is? And why do you think that?

As for Norris's assertion that Singleton should've listened to the union, well, you can forgive a rookie if he's not as cozily snuggled up on the lap of the players union as a veteran might be. Guys like Bud Norris ‒ who, with his $5.3 million salary this season, will get damn close to $10 million in career earnings ‒ are the guys the union protects, and the guys who pay the union's salary.

The union was not designed to help players in the minor leagues, which seems pretty clear, given that Singleton, before this contract, was slated to make $47,000 in each year he spent in the minors. Hey, anyone know why Jon Singleton prefer the possibility of making $35 million to the possibility of making $47,000 plus free bus rides and institutional-grade postgame hot dogs?

I don't know Chris Singleton's background, and it really doesn't matter. If he was poor, and he finds the idea of lifetime financial security appealing, that's his own very personal decision. Likewise, if he grew up Mulder-style, water-skiing at the age of three, and he finds the idea of $10 million as protection against injury or a sudden Knoblauchian inability to play baseball appealing, that is also his own very personal decision.

If I were in Singleton's situation, I believe I'd have been likely to make the same call. And then I'd take some of my $10 million and hire someone to throw a shoe at Mark Mulder's dick.