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— A Timely Look at Transactions as They Happen
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Mets - Signed Valentin, El Duque
New York Mets - Signed 2B Jose Valentin to a 1-year contract and P Orlando Hernandez to a 2-year contract.
Valentin’s contract of $3.8 million comes with an option for 2008 which should vest as long as Valentin’s healthy. Hernandez’s contract comes in at a healthy $12 million.
This is what Branch Rickey meant by “year too late.” El Duque pitched enough to qualify for the ERA title for the first time since 2000 but was a little worse than league-average, though it was better than his 87 ERA+ for the White Sox in 2005. He’s also roughly 41 years old. Valentin’s nearly as old, 37 for 2007 and is coming off his best season since 2002. The contract for Valentin is probably a little better because if he’s awful, a very real possibility considering his stint for the Dodgers and his last season with the White Sox, he at least won’t make the vesting option.
Thumbs down. The Mets are the best team in the NL and this offseason is Minaya’s chance to really put a team together to murder the NL. Treading water will eventually bring the Mets back to the pack.
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