Worst Deal Yet

Dave · December 7, 2004 at 9:18 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

This is the deal I was referring to yesterday, and now that the Washington Post is reporting it, I’ll stick it on the blog. The Yankees are going to sign Jaret Wright to a 3 year contract that, with incentives, will be worth around $23 million. The guaranteed money is quite a bit lower, but this is still an insane amount of money to give a guy with his track record.

It appears that the winners of this offseason will be those who avoid the middle class entirely. It’s a great time to be a midly effective right-handed pitcher.


18 Responses to “Worst Deal Yet”

  1. Ryan L. on December 7th, 2004 9:23 pm

    Is this the first time I’ve actually been excited to see the Yankees sign a free agent?

    I’m getting a bit concerned though-are all these crazy signings a start of a trend instead of an outlier?

  2. Adam T on December 7th, 2004 9:23 pm

    Better them then us … now I just hope we don’t go nuts over Pavano. Please focus on position players!

    Any word on Soriano and Guardado this offseason?

  3. PositivePaul on December 7th, 2004 9:27 pm


    With this market, let’s avoid pitching all together. Okay, Bill?!? Yikes.

    Say it with me: Beltre or BUST, baby!

  4. Trent on December 7th, 2004 9:33 pm

    All the more proof that there is an actual market for the services of Ryan Franklin.

  5. Adam B. on December 7th, 2004 9:36 pm

    Yay for the Yankees!

    -That’s about the last time I’ll be caught saying that.
    This is an off-season of renewed hope. The Mariners wont have any crappy over-hyped players left to sign!

  6. Goob on December 7th, 2004 9:38 pm


    Man, seriously, that’s the “best” move the yankees have made in a while 🙂

  7. stiletto on December 7th, 2004 9:44 pm

    You can never run out of crappy over-hyped players to sign. There’s never a shortage. If BB want’s one, he’ll find one.

  8. Trent on December 7th, 2004 9:54 pm

    The Yanks added Womack tonight as well 2 years/$4 million. What the hell are they thinking?

  9. eponymous coward on December 7th, 2004 9:58 pm

    Hmm, I guess that means Pavano is going to either get a contract for eleventy billion dollars, or Texa$.

  10. Dash on December 7th, 2004 10:18 pm

    Wow! Steinbrenner must really be putting pressure on the front office if they are throwing around cash like that.

  11. James L. Crockett on December 7th, 2004 10:28 pm

    Sheesh… what the heck are Radke, Pavano and Clement going to get if Wright’s getting $6+ million per.

    And Womack too???

    The Yankees themesong this offseason. “My Own Worst Enemy”, Lit.

  12. James T on December 7th, 2004 10:50 pm

    And they signed Tony Womack. Tony Womack. Is no one in Steinbrenner’s inner circle familiar with the concept of career years or fluke years?

  13. Anthony on December 7th, 2004 10:52 pm

    I’m a Yankee fan; needless to say, I won’t be sleeping tonight.


  14. Shoeless Jose on December 7th, 2004 10:59 pm

    So with these deals as precedent, if you’re Scott Boras what kind of Cheshire cat grin do you have right now? Oh wait, maybe all the GMs are colluding to burn through all their excess cash so they can all claim they’ve got nothing extra for Boras’ big names…

  15. Nikku on December 7th, 2004 11:36 pm

    The thing I hate about the Yanks, is they make these strange moves, then go out and get a Beltran to basically cover a lot of mistakes.

  16. Jim Thomsen on December 7th, 2004 11:43 pm

    Wouldn’t that be the greatest if Scott Boras defeated himself and his clients by being out-dumbed by the rest of baseball? If the big-market teams all blew their wads on suckariffic players and said to him: “Sorry, pal … the food court is now closed” … ?

    The only problem is … do any of us have confidence that Bill Bavasi is smart enough not to get sucked into this whirling vortex of madness himself and do something truly horrific like offer Pavano the sun and the moon and the stars and Shannon Dreher?

  17. basebliman on December 7th, 2004 11:56 pm

    Maybe the M’s might for a second consider Clement now? Probably not, but at least there may be a chance now. Please god, not Jon Lieber!

  18. Jurgen on December 8th, 2004 12:21 am

    It appears that the winners of this offseason will be those who avoid the middle class entirely

    Yup. The Cubs got a great deal on Nomar.