The Insanity Continues
Posted by Jason A. Churchill on November 24, 2006
Carlos Lee signed the 6-year, $100 million offer the Houston Astros laid out on the table, and subsequently the 31-year-old slugger joined the fracas for the worst contract signing of the offseason.
More than $16 million per year? Wow.
Lee is decent pickup for the Stros, but unless Lee is going to play 1B, which he’s done exactly none of in his professional career, he’s a DH playing in the wrong league.
I guess it helps that the Juice Box has a smaller left field area, but the money can’t be justified.
So, after Alfonso Soriano’s 8/136, Juan Pierre’s 5/44, Gary Matthews’ 5/50, Lee’s 6/100 is another in a long line of inexplicable spending.
This is good news for the Mariners, however, two fold, too. First off, they didn’t sign Lee. Second, the Orioles, Giants and Yankees are still looking for bats, and now the O’s will turn their attention to first basemen with Lee off the Market. Maybe Richie Sexson is a little bit desirable to them now that they have no other options of that ilke.
One thing to watch is the Tejada-to-Angels thing. If Bill Stoneman trades prospects for Tejada, one of the spects might be Casey Kotchman, medical reports pending, or Kendry Morales. This would eliminate Baltimore from the Sexson sweepstakes, if there even is a sweepstakes for him.
The pitching equivalents of Lee and Soriano might be Barry Zito and Jason Schmidt. Schmidt has a few years of age on either hitter, but with the lack of pitching on the market, why wouldn’t Schmidt get 5 years – or more – and 14 mil per?
He doesn’t deserve it? Well, yeah, sure, his value probably sits somewhere around half that number, but Lee and Soriano far exceeded their true value, too.
He’s hurt a lot? Well, he really doesn’t miss a ton of starts. His injuries are nagging and residual so there isn’t much to hold against him as far as track record goes.
He’s old? Somewhat, at 34 in January. But Schmidt will use the careers of Clemens, Pettitte, Mussina, Schilling, Johnson and Smoltz as evidence that well-conditioned pitchers can be highly effective well past 35 years of age.
I would not be surprised to see Schmidt get a 5-year deal for 70 million. Just not from Seattle.
As far as Zito is concerned. He’s as overrated as any decent starting pitcher in recent memory, but he’s probabloy going to get 7 years and as much as 110 million bucks.
I think the Dodgers or Mets sign Zito, right after the Yankees ink Ted Lilly for 4 and 40 and the Chicago Cubs sign Gil Meche for 4 and 36+.
Sounds like Vicente Padilla may head to Toronto for 4 and 40 also.