Thank goodness Doug Melvin is smart with his money–the majority of the time. Don’t get me wrong, paying Jeff Suppan $10 million for what he did last season was a mistake for a small-market team such as the Brewers. But at least Melvin has kept his team in heathly cap status. This off-season, the price of even an average pitcher has gone from ridiculous to insane. I’m sure a number of Royals’ fans were livid last off-season after their team’s big signing, Gil Meche at 5 years, $55 million. He posted a 9-13 record with a 3.67 ERA. Nice job Royals, you got yourselves a real quality signing there. While that was quite a disappointment for many I’m sure, after today’s signing, the meaning of ridiculous has been raised to whole new level. The Seattle Mariners, who’ve had a habit of dishing out serious cash to average players, did it again. Two years after signing southpaw Jarrod Washburn to a 4-year, $37.5 million dollar deal, they will fork over another 4-year deal worth $48 million to injury-plagued Carlos Silva, who went 13-14 last year with a 4.19 ERA. I can just envision Angels’ GM Tony Reagins saying to himself, “Alright, another overpaid pitcher to throw batting practice to [Vladimir] Guerrero!” Once again Doug Melvin, thanks for being a little bit more sensible with your money. I mean at least Suppan did something to deserve his contract, but this? What a joke. If I was a Mariners fan, I would be sick to my stomach.
Phillies equally guilty spendthrifts: Apparently, Phillies’ GM Pat Gillick didn’t get the memo either. I’m officially deeming him the second “spend-a-holic” today after in my opinion, overpaying for yes, that Geoff Jenkins. Two-years, $13 million, with incentives that could push the deal to $20 million. Wow, for a 31-year old defensive specialist that only plays hard in contract years, congrats Geoff, at least you can still fool one team with your antics. The point I’m trying to make is contracts now days are getting out of hand. The astounding part is, only a select few live up to their contracts. Talk is cheap, which makes me seriously question players’ integrity and passion for the game. Unfortunately, it’s just the sad reality fans are forced to live with.