Wednesday, December 01, 2004

Paul Wilson, another bad free agent signing 

And the bad deals just keep on coming...

Just days after Kris Benson and Cory Lidle get re-upped for ridiculous amounts, the Cincinnati Reds re-signed Paul Wilson to a two year, $8.2 million deal, with a club option for a third year.

The funniest thing about this deal is the headline in the Cincinnati Post: Reds bringing back pitching ace Wilson

Pitching ace Wilson? Paul Wilson has had four straight years of posting an ERA+ of 92...in other words, 8% worse than league average. He's got an unimpressive K/BB ratio and a high homer rate, indicating that the remarkably consistent mediocrity in ERA isn't any fluke. And he'll be 32 at the start of 2005, so he's likely going to get progressively worse.

A mediocre starting pitcher gets $4.1 million per year? Wilson is basically another Mark Clark...just another guy that a team is overpaying for out of desperation.

The bad deals being offered to these second-tier free agents is frightening...I'm worried that Hart is going to panic and give Jaret Wright a 3 year, $15 million deal or something.

Oh, wait...the Mariners offered Wright that much...

Hopefully, the Rangers will bide their time until the initial frenzy dies down...

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