Monday, December 27, 2004

Eric Milton to the Reds -- 3 years, $25.5 million 

Another godawful pitcher contract, as Eric Milton signs a 3 year, $25.5 million deal with the Reds.

No doubt there will be moaning about why the Rangers didn't go after him, but Milton is someone I wanted Texas to stay far away from. He's one of these guys who has earned a reputation for being a top-of-the-rotation starter despite unimpressive results -- a career ERA of 4.76, ERA+ of 99, and a susceptibility for the long ball. As a pretty extreme flyball pitcher, I thought he'd be a terrible match in Texas, and I'm glad we stayed clear.

Milton's 92 ERA+ last season, and 91 ERA+ in 2002 (he was injured most of 2003, pitching in only three games) means that he fits in nicely with Paul Wilson, who was rewarded for four straight 92 ERA+ seasons with a two year, $8.2 million deal. Remarkably, Milton's deal makes Wilson's -- which was pretty widely condemned -- look like a bargain in comparison.

Cincy's new park is also a very homer-friendly environment, so after giving up 43 homers last season in Philly, Milton could conceivably break 50 in 2005.

Rotoworld says that this might be the worst signing of the offseason. I think it is pretty close between this deal and the Russ Ortiz signing, personally...

The Oracle certainly doesn't like it. Not that he's liked many of the contracts signed at any point this offseason (and for great reasons of course)

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