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chisoxmike
12-11-2006, 08:56 PM
1 year, $6mil

http://mlb.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/news/article.jsp?ymd=20061211&content_id=1759358&vkey=hotstove2006&fext=.jsp

The article also says they are talking to Zito, Mulder, and Gagne.

caulfield12
12-11-2006, 09:14 PM
Blech.

It's crazy they are paying Lofton twice as much as Pods.

It ALMOST would have made more sense to keep Matthews, because they're only saving $5 million this season.

They dumped Cordero and will have to spend more than that $5 million in savings on Gagne, who's just as questionable as Otsuka.

And they lost all of that talent to get Lee.

I can't imagine the White Sox fans' reaction to a similar trade.

CanBuehrleWait
12-11-2006, 09:25 PM
I'm sorry but that is absolutely ridiculous. I mean seriously.... 6million??:mad:

The Dude
12-11-2006, 09:29 PM
I'm sorry but that is absolutely ridiculous. I mean seriously.... 6million??:mad:

I think I could get a 3.5 million contract in this market!:o:

WizardsofOzzie
12-11-2006, 10:06 PM
I think I could get a 3.5 million contract in this market!:o:
With your own suite on road trips :redneck

eastchicagosoxfan
12-11-2006, 10:20 PM
I don't get it. He's 40 years old. A good bat perhaps, but what can he give a team over 162 games? Then again, in this market, I doubt he demanded that money, it was simply offered to him.

DumpJerry
12-11-2006, 10:41 PM
The article also says they are talking to Zito, Mulder, and Gagne.
I'm sure they aren't the only ones.

caulfield12
12-11-2006, 10:49 PM
Signing Mulder and Gagne for the same price they would Zito probably makes more sense...they need to add multiple pieces to their team to make it competitive again at this point, not just one "star" player or pitcher.

DumpJerry
12-11-2006, 11:07 PM
Signing Mulder and Gagne for the same price they would Zito probably makes more sense...they need to add multiple pieces to their team to make it competitive again at this point, not just one "star" player or pitcher.
Since Hendry cannot be GM to more than one team at a time, I'm not worried.

ND_Sox_Fan
12-11-2006, 11:24 PM
For a little prospective on this salary level ($6 million):

1991 Astros $0.10 m
1992 Indians $0.11 m
1993 Indians $0.45 m
1994 Indians $0.93 m
1995 Indians $1.93 m
1996 Indians $3.58 m
1997 Braves $4.83 m
1998 Indians $7.55 m
1999 Indians $7.55 m
2000 Indians $7.55 m
2001 Indians $8.00 m
2002 White Sox $1.03 m
2003 Pirates $1.03 m
2004 Yankees $3.10 m
2005 Phillies $3.10 m
2006 Dodgers $3.82 m

2007 is 58% higher than last year - he is 40 years old - How many games will he play? What kind of defense will he provide?

Nice raise with some big questions...

Bill Naharodny
12-11-2006, 11:42 PM
For a little prospective on this salary level ($6 million):

1991 Astros $0.10 m
1992 Indians $0.11 m
1993 Indians $0.45 m
1994 Indians $0.93 m
1995 Indians $1.93 m
1996 Indians $3.58 m
1997 Braves $4.83 m
1998 Indians $7.55 m
1999 Indians $7.55 m
2000 Indians $7.55 m
2001 Indians $8.00 m
2002 White Sox $1.03 m
2003 Pirates $1.03 m
2004 Yankees $3.10 m
2005 Phillies $3.10 m
2006 Dodgers $3.82 m

2007 is 58% higher than last year - he is 40 years old - How many games will he play? What kind of defense will he provide?

Nice raise with some big questions...

That's amazing.

FedEx227
12-12-2006, 12:00 AM
Wouldn't want to give any young guys a shot, naw screw it, pay out of the ass to a 40-year old who doesn't present any real weapons at this point in his career.

caulfield12
12-12-2006, 12:12 AM
Wouldn't want to give any young guys a shot, naw screw it, pay out of the ass to a 40-year old who doesn't present any real weapons at this point in his career.

He's the African-American version of Jeremy Reed, only 15 years older and with no future.

rowand33
12-12-2006, 01:13 AM
Wouldn't want to give any young guys a shot, naw screw it, pay out of the ass to a 40-year old who doesn't present any real weapons at this point in his career.

to be fair to lofton, he's a fine player. Is he worth the money? God no. But to say he's never brought anything to the table in his career is a little ridiculous, and it's even more ridiculous to compare him to Jeremy Reed.

To have a .299 AVG and .372 OBP over the course of a 15 year career is pretty damned impressive. he's also a good base stealer.

And it's not like he didn't have a good year last year with his .301 AVG, .360 OBP, and 32 SB in 37 attempts in almost 500 ABs.

The money is ridiculous, I agree, but the Rangers had a need at both OF and leadoff, which he can fill, and I don't know if there was anybdoy else that could fill that need on the market. And don't ignore the fact that they were bidding against the loose pockets of the Chicago Cubs, the team that's destroyed the free agent market.

caulfield12
12-12-2006, 02:09 AM
how many teams that go out and get 1 year rentals that have been on the downside of their career for five years have that work out for them? it's going to be much tougher for Lofton in the AL than the NL, especially the pitching in California and Oakland, he's not going to put up the same numbers, that much is assured

Norberto7
12-12-2006, 08:14 AM
Eight teams in seven years now (including his time with the Cubs)? He is really in demand across the board, I guess that is the lesson here.