photo by Samara Pearlstein
I just. What?
I mean, I guess I don’t object to Jose Valverde as such. His numbers have been good, even if they’ve all been acquired in the National League; he can legitimately close games, which is more than could be said for, oh, any other Tiger on the roster; and his nickname is apparently ‘Papa Grande’. These are all very positive things.
But the Tigers signed him to a two-year, $14 million contract, with a $9 million option for a third year. They also give up their first round draft pick, which is, well, wow, ok. We really want to go there? We really went there? Really? Really really?
How does this team claim to be so hell-bent on saving money, and cutting costs, and then toss out a contract like this to a reliever over 30 who has never played for an AL team, and, like, $1 million to Brad Thomas, which I am still not over. How… how does this make sense? How can the Tigers get rid of Curtis Granderson and then… I mean, I can’t even. What is going on? Why is this? Where is cat? Who is base ball?
At least the Tigers have shown that they do not intend to enter 2010 with unrealistic (or perhaps any) solid hopes when it comes to Joel Zumaya. That’s a comfort. I suppose we should cling to that small indication of organizational sanity.
Mike Rabelo is also back with the team now. That’s something. I’m not sure WHAT it is, precisely, but it’s definitely a thing.
More pitchers with superpowers at some point. There will certainly be at least one more, to round out this parody of a rotation, and then I suppose I’ll just keep doing them until either I get bored, or you all rise up in arms against the madness.
ETA: Much more important news! Matt of Take 75 North has finally occupied his new internetly home. He may now be found at www.t75n.com. Update your bookmarks and suchlike appropriately.