Here’s an important life lesson: Living with or paying rent to a teammate or co-worker is all well and good. In some instances it might even be all fun and games. That is, until you’re the one who gets a pay raise.
That’s the lesson Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman Jake Lamb might learn after friend, roommate, teammate and apparent landlord Archie Bradley teased raising his rent shortly after he received a big pay raise before the arbitration deadline on Friday.
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Lamb was one of several dozen players to see his salary skyrocket. Among the agreed to deals were even a pair of record contracts for arbitration-eligible players. Lamb, of course, was not the recipient of one of those record deals. He did, however, see his salary jump from $573,000 to $4.275 million after putting up All-Star type numbers in 2017. That’s a nice bump that in one season will triple his career earnings through his first three seasons.
Now the question is, will Bradley triple his rent?
and Jake Lamb's landlord raised his rent… pic.twitter.com/4hJdjo5zQF
— Brett Hansen (@bretthansen5) January 12, 2018
Yeah, we know, Bradley was only kidding.
Or was he?
After all, Lamb is a millionaire now. Bradley, on the other hand, won’t be eligible for arbitration until after the 2019 season. That means he’s still a ways away from earning a big increase on his $544,000 salary in 2017. It only seems fair that Lamb would chip in a little more now that he has a lot more to give.
It’s also possible Lamb is ready to find his own place. He can certainly afford something nice after Friday. But on the flip side of that, why would either player want to change any part of their routine after both enjoyed huge seasons in 2017?
Lamb, who finished the season with 31 home runs and 105 RBIs, was selected to his first All-Star Game. Meanwhile, Bradley flourished in his move to the bullpen, posting a 1.73 ERA over 63 mostly dominant relief appearances. Bradley even earned a few MVP votes for his performance.
Beyond that, when you have a friend willing to do this…
— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) July 7, 2016
— Archie Bradley (@ArchieBradley7) July 6, 2016
… to boost your All-Star candidacy, you’re forever indebted.
Here’s to Jake Lamb’s well-earned raise and also the continuation of baseball’s best bromance not named Bryzzo.
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