The following players signed contracts with their current teams, avoiding arbitration:
Scott Rolen (8.6), Ugueth Urbina (6.7), Robert Person (6.25), Javier Vazquez (4.725), Kevin Millwood (3.9), Freddy Garcia (3.8), Kerry Wood (3.69), Jason Johnson (2 years, 4.7), Odalis Perez (0.625), Al Levine (1.325), Jay Witasick (1.25), Mike Venafro (0.812), Eli Marrero (0.85), Sean Lowe (0.95), Adrian Brown (0.45), Abraham Nunez (0.55), Jeff Weaver (3.25), John Halama (1.4), Charles Gipson (0.45), Michael Barrett (1.15), Trot Nixon (2.7), Paul Wilson (1.2), Aaron Boone (2.1), Juan Encarnacion (1.55)
These aren’t given a ridiculous number of individual entries for two reasons. First, these are essentially procedural moves; all these players would be playing for the same teams and the only difference for the vast majority of these players was a few hundred thousand bucks here or there.
Second, if I had to write 20-some individual transactions about the difference between so-and-so making 2.1 million and 2.4 million, I’d encourage Jim to add 25 pop-up ads for free wireless video cameras or secret books on how to cheaply burn DVDs just to share my personal hell with you guys.
The Rolen signing is interesting in that it seems to be the most the Phillies have ever paid a player, which is truly sad.
Posted: January 19, 2002 at 04:15 AM | 9 comment(s)
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