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— A Timely Look at Transactions as They Happen
Sunday, December 09, 2007
Brewers - Signed Gagne
Milwaukee Brewers - Signed P Eric Gagne to a 1-year contract.
This is reportedly worth $10 million, with a little bit more in incentives (little bit more being relative). He hasn’t passed the physical yet, but considering that Gagne’s number of arm surgeries is higher than the number of O.J.‘s recent accomplices that have turned state’s evidence, it shouldn’t be taken for granted that he’ll be wearing an M on his cap come April. Hell, in a just world, he wouldn’t be wearing an M on his cap even if completely healthy, as I still think the Brewers should bring back the fantastic mb glove logo, which, in addition to being awesome beyond belief, would also indicate for once and for all that these are Brewers that can actually win games, not the Brewers that sign Jeffrey Hammonds to the biggest contract in team history for no particular reason.
Red Sox fans no doubt have a pretty low opinion of Gagne, with the Gag-me nickname coming out in abundance in August and September. If really healthy, however, Gagne’s a better pitcher than that. One might say that $10 million is a lot for a risky player, but where the Brewers are right now, the marginal revenue product for wins is extremely high and there’s not a lot of players on the market that can bring those wins in. When you’re not talking about the elite free agents, I rather spend money on a guy who might be great rather than a guy who will dependably not be.
The worrisome thing is that the Brewers are giving Ned Yost a bullpen with a lot of options. One thing that doesn’t strike me as a good idea is giving Yost choices to make. The best thing to do for Yost Mitigation is instead of last names being on uniforms, stitching on detailed directions on how to manage that particular player, for Yost to follow. Kind of a manage-by-numbers thing. You can even give Yost tickets when he follows the directions and allow him to exchange the tickets for a Milwaukee Brewer kazoo or a little plastic soldier with a cheap parachute.
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