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Friday, May 19, 2006

Royals - Released Mays

Kansas City Royals - Released P Joe Mays.

Surprised that the Royals couldn’t find a taker for Mays?  No.  You’re not.

BP has Mays as 15 runs under replacement this season.  If nobody picks up Mays, the Royals will have paid him $1 million for that.  Given the marginal revenue product for wins, 15 runs below replacement is certainly in the -$3 million range.

So, essentially, every pitch that Joe Mays threw cost the Royals $8,869 from the bottom line.  David Glass could have driven into any major city, paid a homeless man to defecate on his car, paid a hot dog vendor to beat the homeless man senseless with a golf club, hit the hot dog vendor with his car, smash his car into a school bus, settle all the lawsuits resulting from this series of events, and he still would have come out better than he did for paying Joe Mays to pitch 8 games.

Better make sure you don’t have any Wal-Mart stock in your portfolio.

Dan Szymborski Posted: May 19, 2006 at 03:26 PM | 17 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Zoppity Zoop Posted: May 19, 2006 at 03:48 PM (#2027228)
Dan does not like David Glass.
   2. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 19, 2006 at 03:59 PM (#2027238)
He'd be a better option than Jose Lima for the Mets.

-- MWE
   3. CraigK Posted: May 19, 2006 at 04:20 PM (#2027255)
Primey.
   4. Brandon in MO (Yunitility Infielder) Posted: May 19, 2006 at 05:26 PM (#2027318)
Ya know, I think that the Royals weren't allowed to trade Mays until June 1st.
   5. Rob Base Posted: May 19, 2006 at 05:31 PM (#2027321)
He'd be a better option than Jose Lima for the Mets.


No question.
   6. Gaylord Perry the Platypus (oi!) Posted: May 19, 2006 at 05:45 PM (#2027334)
He'd be a better option than Jose Lima for the Mets.

I think Victor Zambrano might be a better option than Lima. Even throwing with his uninjured arm.
   7. Brandon in MO (Yunitility Infielder) Posted: May 19, 2006 at 05:47 PM (#2027335)
I would be a better option than Lima.

I'm left-handed, I throw a knuckler, a palm ball, and a forkball. I have no experience at all, and I don't know how to throw out of the stretch or pick off runners.
   8. Zoppity Zoop Posted: May 19, 2006 at 08:42 PM (#2027372)
Ya know, I think that the Royals weren't allowed to trade Mays until June 1st.

Not without Mays' permission, but I imagine that would be just a formality - Mays would be happy to settle for any job in the majors at this point and any team that would want him for some unknown reason wouldn't want to pay a million bucks to stash him at AAA.
   9. JPWF13 Posted: May 19, 2006 at 09:28 PM (#2027456)
He'd be a better option than Jose Lima for the Mets.


Evan MacLane whose fastball tops out at 82mph and who has a grand total of 4 career games above A ball would be a better option than Lima
   10. DCW3 Posted: May 19, 2006 at 09:39 PM (#2027475)
Evan MacLane whose fastball tops out at 82mph and who has a grand total of 4 career games above A ball would be a better option than Lima

Hell, Denny McLain would be a better option than Lima.
   11. MM1f Posted: May 19, 2006 at 09:44 PM (#2027482)
"Evan MacLane whose fastball tops out at 82mph and who has a grand total of 4 career games above A ball would be a better option than Lima"

Well, hes got 17 starts (over 100 innings) above A ball, most of it in AA
   12. hgmiller Posted: May 19, 2006 at 10:09 PM (#2027520)
My prediction: Somebody (probably the Yankees) picks Mays up now (since they only have to pay the league minimum since he passed through waivers), stashes him at AAA, then he comes up in Aug/Sept and pitches like he did in 2001, picks up a couple of "clutch" wins in the playoffs and is generally revered as a great pitcher finally healthy again.

The Royals will then sign him for $8 Million a year in the offseason (because they love to bring guys back) and watch as he goes in for Tommy John surgery in Spring Training.

That's just a guess, though. The Royals may give him $9 or $10 Million.
   13. Fred Garvin is dead to Mug Posted: May 19, 2006 at 10:21 PM (#2027542)
The Reds just signed Mays to a minor league deal.

No, I'm not kidding.
   14. G A Delgado Posted: May 19, 2006 at 10:30 PM (#2027551)
No way...
   15. Spike Owen 10/2/1987 Posted: May 22, 2006 at 03:23 PM (#2031953)
Look at the Reds' AAA pitching. Joe Mays joins Darrell May in the rotation at Louisville. Ouch!

The ace, Chris Michalak, is 35 years old. They also have a rehabing Paul Wilson. The "prospects" are Josh Hall and Justin Germano.
   16. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: May 23, 2006 at 11:17 PM (#2033631)
Plus they have a prospect-laden outfield...Brian Buchanan, Alex Sanchez, Andy Abad, Jacob Cruz, Terrence Long...I mean, at least one of those guys has to be under 30.
   17. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 19, 2006 at 07:18 PM (#2068593)
Hey! Joe Mays will start Wednesday against the Mets. That should be fun to watch.

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