That's a lot of money.
Schilling them Softly
The Red Sox typically make some really good deals when it comes to pitchers and have no problems booting a pitcher who they feel has gotten too old. That is why the signing of Curt Schilling to pitch this year was such a mystery. Right now, he's rehabbing, but I suspect he won't be any good if and when he comes back. Now its not nearly as bad, as say the Carl Pavano signing, but $8 million isn't chump change either. Plus, if he makes the weigh ins he can make another $2 million. That means that he could make as much money as staff ace Josh Beckett. Not a bad deal for Schilling...pretty bad deal for the Red Sox.
GIANT Amount of Money for Middle Relief
Want to talk about a waste of money? Let's talk about the $116 million and 6 years left on Barry Zito who has recently been relegated to the Giants bullpen. That's a lot of money on middle relief. The sad thing is that the contract is back loaded, so he made $10 million in 2007, his first season, and will make $20 million in his last. Ouch.
Breaking News: Multi-Year Contracts for Aged Sluggers Not A Good Idea
So, Toronto dropped DH Frank Thomas because of the slow start that he's had at the plate, or so they say. Thomas believes it has something to do with the performance clause he was approaching that would guarantee him $9 million for next season. By cutting him, the Blue Jays still had to pay him the remainder of the $8 million for this season to not play for them. So the ever savvy Athletics signed Thomas to a league minimum deal of $390,000, and now have a slugger in their lineup.
Money's being waisted everywhere. Good thing the Yankees have so much of it. Just so you know, all the information came from Cot's Baseball Contracts, a phenomenal resource for those interested in seeing how much more baseball players make than you. Really puts that liberal arts degree in perspective.