I've been reading Craig Calcaterra of NBC Hardball Talk for a long time. I like him for his sense of humor and respect him for often speaking his mind in the face of controversy or opposing views being louder. In regard to his thoughts on the contract extension signed by Jon Singleton and Bud Norris' reaction, I wanted to reach through the internet and kiss Calcaterra. If you haven't read "At least one major leaguer is not pleased with the Jon Singleton deal" go read it now. It's okay, I'll sit here and wait.
See? He speaks the truth. The Bud Norrises of baseball can say that Singleton's deal was a raw one and will turn the tide and set a precedent and blah blah blah blah blah. But the truth of the matter is that Jon Singleton is a grown man. He's capable of making his own decisions and until Bud Norris has walked in Singleton's shoes, perhaps he should just shut his trap.
Oh, and let us not forget the part where it's the MLB Player's Association that negotiated the ability for the Houston Astros to offer this deal to Jon Singleton. There were no rules broken, there was no trickery - this is an extension that was enabled by the union that Mr. Norris is party to. Will it set a precedent that enables clubs to pay professional baseball players less? Maybe.
If players don't like that, they can take it up with their union.
On a another note, welcome to the bigs, Mr. Singleton. I have a feeling you're going to like it here.