PI:Mariners sign Matt Lawton
Matt Lawton, who admitted in a story in USA Today Sports Weekly Thursday morning that he’d used steroids, struck a deal with the Seattle Mariners Thursday afternoon, the Seattle P-I has learned.
For those of you keeping score at home, that’s:
– 2 guys who failed a steroid test last year (Franklin, Strong)
+ 1 guy who failed a steroid test last year (Lawton)
= -1 net guy who failed a steroid test last year.
Fortunately, it’s on the cheap:
The 34-year-old will make only barely more than the minimum, $400,000, as a base salary. But he has incentives in the deal that could bring him $1.65 million if he maximizes his at-bats.
Still, it wasn’t that long ago Lawton was a useful player, putting up solid on-base numbers, though it’s been a long, long time since he hit for good power. Maybe he’s done, maybe he’s not. If he outhits Everett, who’s getting almost 10x his salary, it’d be amusing.
And this gives me an excuse to quote my player comment on him in the 2003 Baseball Prospectus:
LawtonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s headed into the second year of a four-year, $27 million deal. For an outfielder whose major attribute is his batting eye, thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a little pricey. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s coming off of an especially frustrating season that ended with surgery to remove a cyst in his shoulder that may push his return into the second half of the 2003 season. What they found in his shoulder was reportedly as gruesome as anything outside of Peter JacksonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s horror classic Bad Taste. It took a team of medical specialists to revive the medical specialists who passed out after taking the first look into that abyss, unprepared for what would be staring back at them. LawtonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s expected to be back and healthy eventually, but how many horror movies donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have sequels?
#7 on Lawton’s comparable players list, as selected by PECOTA?