3 years (2006-2008), $16,000,000
.280/.328/.461/.789 amd 11 SB/162 Games
A noodle-armed left-handed hitting right-fielder who struggles (to be generous) against left-handed pitching, he's also a great "hustle" and "character" guy.
5 years, $55,000,000
.263/.336/.419/.755 and 12 SB/162 Games
A switch-hitter who can play all OF positions adequately and will appear on Sports Center with a couple of ridiculous Web Gems. Also a great "hustle" and "character" guy.
5 years, $44,000,000
.303/.350/.377/.727 and 52 SB/162 Games
A noodle-armed left-handed hitting CFer. Yet another great "hustle" and "character" guy. Also a "True Leadoff Man"
And just for kicks,
Near league-minimum for 2007-2008, Arbitration Elgible 2009-2011, FA 2012
.303/.370/.462/.832 and 6 SB/162 Games
A noodle-armed left-fielder who sometimes looks ugly out there, but by at least one measure
has good range. Also considered a great "hustle" guy.
I take it that you can figure out who these four gentlemen are. Player A is suddenly looking a lot more appealing than he did when he signed that contract last year. Player D looks golden. Or maybe that's just the sheen from his hair.
Player E (as in Lee):
6 years, $100,000,000
: .286/.340/.495/.835 and 13 SB/162 Games
A right-handed hitting left-fielder with possible weight issues and a reputation for attitude problems/basic jerk-ness.
The contract the Astros just handed Lee, in conjunction with the Pierre and Matthews contracts, is beginning to make that Soriano deal almost sort of look like something kind of reasonable. What's your early vote for the most ridiculous contract this off-season?