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Pitchng Prescription: An Oldie, But Goodie
Posted By Cliff Corcoran On November 20, 2006 @ 7:50 pm In Bronx Banter | Comments Disabled
While we await the results of the AL MVP voting, allow me to share an idea that popped into my head while looking over yesterday’s MLB transactions, specifically these two headlines:
First of all, no, Moose’s deal still isn’t final, though pending a physical today it will be done by tomorrow. And, yes, he seems to have picked up an extra half-mil along the way.
Second, in this wild offseason that has already seen the Cubs go crazy on Alfonso Soriano ($136 million/8yrs) and the Red Sox bid $51,111,111.11 just to negotiate with Japanese import Daisuke Matsuzaka, the following deals all look mighty reasonable:
All relatively low-risk, short-term contracts that, despite the marquee names involved, are actually commensurate with the player’s level of production. What’s the common thread? The players involved range in age from Mike Mussina, who will be 38 in just a few weeks, to Jamie Moyer, who just turned 44.
There are two things I draw from this. First, the Yankees’ decision to take Mussina’s hometown discount rather than make an expensive long-term commitment to a younger league-average-at-best starter such as recent conversation pieces Ted Lilly or the execrable Gil Meche was not only wise, but has thus far been underappreciated. Second, Brian Cashman should follow his own example and go after the now-available Tom Glavine.
Glavine, who will be 41 in March, earned $7.5 million in 2006 with an additional $5.25 million deferred (restructured in May from an original $10.5 million). He also just picked up a cool $3 million via his buyout from the Mets. All of which suggests that he could easily be had for less than Mussina, say $18 to $20 million over two years, possibly with money deferred. Consider the pros to such a deal:
Now, it’s very possible that Glavine doesn’t want to leave the National League, so all of the above may be moot, but it’s certainly something that Brian Cashman should be exploring.
Meanwhile, the MVP announcement should come around 2pm EST. I don’t expect we’ll be disappointed.
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URLs in this post:
 Yankees, Mussina agree on two-year, $23M deal: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=2670081
 Mets complete deal with Alou, decline option on Glavine: http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news?slug=ap-mets-alou&prov=ap&type=lgns
 Baseball-Reference: http://www.baseball-reference.com/g/glavito02.shtml
 Baseball Prospectus’s PECOTA cards: http://www.baseballprospectus.com/pecota/glavito02.php
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