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— A Timely Look at Transactions as They Happen
Friday, January 27, 2006
Cubs - Signed Miller
Chicago Cubs - Signed P Wade Miller to a 1-year, $1 million contract.
A little (OK, a lot) on the late side, due to the Oracle not being the Oracle of Laptop Motherboards. Stupid DC power jack in my Dell 5150 blew out my motherboard and CPU for the second time. The first time, it was still under warranty, this time, not. Dell’s answer, of course, is to give them $199 simply to examine the problem, even though I’m telling them exactly what’s wrong, and then get robbed for double the price of the motherboard and CPU on the open market in addition to that inital outlay. Now, I’m capable of buying a new motherboard and CPU myself and installing it, but it’s still several hundred dollars for everything and given that the design of the 5150 seems to lead to this problem, with even a possible class action lawsuit on the horizon, I’m simply going to buy a new one for a few hundred more than it would cost for the repairs plus what the motherboardless laptop is worth (surprisingly much).
Wade Miller’s arm is in better shape than my motherboard, but not by much. As a 1-year, $1 million contract with an option year worth, say, $4 million, I’d like this signing, but as it actually is, just the one year, I don’t. Miller hopes to be pitching in May, but people are generally skeptical of that claim and even the most optimistic don’t think he’ll be that good, that soon. So essentially, the Cubs are willing to serve as the rehab team for Miller, taking the worst of Miller and his rehab before losing him at the end of the year. And since they’re going to let Miller recover his reputation on their dime over Jerome Williams, they might as well trade Williams before he has 6 starts and then gets shuffled to Iowa to waste the rest of the season. ZiPS likes Miller, but doesn’t know about his arm status, so I’ll take the over, Alex.
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