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— A Timely Look at Transactions as They Happen
Saturday, December 24, 2005
Royals - Signed Mays and Sanders
Kansas City Royals - Signed P Joe Mays to a 1-year, $1 million contract; signed OF Reggie Sanders to a 2-year, $10 million contract.
Allard, I think you misunderstood what econoguys have been saying about the value of marginal wins in baseball. When they say that the marginal revenue of wins 85-95 is very, very high, they’re talking about a single season, not two. The Royals are spending a lot of money to try to hit 65 wins. You can’t fix the Royals by randomly signing lesser free agents any more than you can fix your car’s engine by only driving downhill.
Reggie Sanders is a contributor to a winning team, but his role is with one of those 85 win teams that needs to plug a hole, not a team looking to turn around their fortunes. The last thing the Royals need are injury-prone 38-year-olds, no matter how good.
Joe Mays can also contribute to a winning team, but I’m thinking more of a team in the New York-Penn League. He wasn’t really all that good even when he was good - both Setherton and Victor Santos are almost certainly better pitchers than Mays and the Royals were content to give them minor league deals and lose them in rule 5, not million dollar salaries.
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