Sunday, October 02, 2011
What can you get for $50 million?Posted by Bojan Koprivica
Well, it depends. If you are the Tampa Bay Rays, you can get your complete 2011 roster paid for. If you are one of the two teams that they fought off in the Wild Card race—a bit less.
Now, as far as the Boston Red Sox go, one can cut them some slack. J.D. Drew is 35 years old and in the final year of his contract. He gave the Red Sox some good years, most notably 2008 and 2009. Daisuke Matsuzaka has definitely not lived up to the expectations, especially when one considers the posting fee. And both Mike Cameron and Carl Crawford took nose dives upon arriving to Fenway, but not too many people predicted such sharp declines.
And then, there are the Angels.
They spent north of the complete Rays budget on the worst catcher in the league (after running the best one out of town), a 34-year old reliever with a career walk rate of five, a guy who is so bad they've been paying him for two years not to play, a fastball starter so broken that he can't crack 88 mph and the outfielder least likely to reach base in last 100 years. No, seriously, that's not an exaggeration. This is what the Angels paid $18 million for:
Makes you wonder what instructional videos Cito Gaston was showing his superstars back in Toronto, doesn't it?
After playing, coaching and umpiring more than 500 games all over Europe, Bojan realized that it's actually writing about baseball that can be most easily done while holding a beer in a hand. If you want to discuss either baseball or beer with him, drop him a line.