Miserable Masher Market Makes Many Moneyless

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When Raul Ibanez signed that three-year deal with the Phillies for $30 million back in mid-December, I assumed it was merely the start of a windstorm of slugger money opening up on the market. I couldn't have been more wrong if I had predicted The Love Guru would win twelve Oscars. Since that point, Pat Burrell, Milton Bradley, and Jason Giambi have all signed short term deals with little money up front and some incentives tacked on. Sure, the economy stinks to high hell, but the baseball economy isn't exactly dying. If anything, baseball might end up being recession-proof just like Hollywood movies. That's if teams are smart about ticket prices and whatnot, but I'm going off on a tangent.

Back to the point. All of these guys have big bats and decent patience but not much in terms of defensive skills. Of course, the new inefficiency in the market to be exploited is defense so it makes sense that these fellas would suffer a bit. Still, $16 million for two years of a fella guaranteed to give you 30 homers and a .900 OPS just seems like a total bargain for the Rays, whether or not Pat Burrell ever dons a glove for a single inning.

Despite the enormous contracts awarded to CC Sabathia and Mark Teixeira by the Yankees, folks just aren't getting the money this offseason. I'm not ready to stand on my soapbox and yell out "COLLUSION!!!" but I'm not ruling it out entirely either. Baseball owners are not really individuals. They're more like an amoeba. An extremely wealthy amoeba with poor fashion sense. When a few of them overspend, they all overspend. When a few of them tighten their belts, they all tighten their belts. When the A's started focusing on high OBP players, everyone started looking at high OBP players. Now that the Rays won an AL championship with good defense, everyone wants good defense. Don't even get me started on Barry Bonds.

So folks, if you want to root for your favorite team to snag a few good players for under-market salaries, cheer on. But if you want to support the working class and stand up for the little guy, then you better hope the Mets are dumb enough to give Manny Ramirez $100 million over four years.


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11 Comments

Movies ARE recession proof; unfortunately Hollywood isn't able to make movies right now as SAG has been threatening to strike for several months now. Do Wahoo a favor and kick the next actor you see in the nuts.

Do Wahoo a favor and kick the next actor you see in the nuts.

Funny, I just passed Will Smith on the street and kicked him in the nuts even before reading that.

WREN SIGN MANNY GOD DAMMIT

That's too bad, Rob, because Will Smith was supposed to donate his nuts to a sickly teen, played by Haley Joel Osment, at the end of Seven Pounds II: The Eighth Pound.

Rob, there are two full weeks until Oscar nominations are announced, so don't give up on The Love Guru just yet.

So folks, if you want to root for your favorite team to snag a few good players for under-market salaries, cheer on.

And if you want to be a WoWie, all you have to do is get engaged and start cooking up some roast chicken and cakies.

Commitment scares me, but a roasted chicken (trussed, sans butter, Keller-style) is in my very near future.

Underspending is IN? I'm going to run down to Anacostia and celebrate our newfound popularity. Maybe the Nats can convince Daniel Cabrera to accept a contract that pays entirely in cans of SPAM.

I think Wahoo meant FORTUNATELY Hollywood can't make movies. For every Milk, you get 20 Uwe Boll/Fox films.

Fartie,

Having spent most of last year working on The Day The Earth Stood Still I resemble your remark that Hollywood can't make movies.

Don't even get me started on Barry Bonds.
Holding to your listicle...for now. Thanks!

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