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Worst Offseason MLB Free Agent Signing

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Evil Bastard (aka Chris_L), May 30, 2008.


Who was the worst free agent signing this offseason?

  1. Andruw Jones Dodgers

    26 vote(s)
  2. Eric Gagne Brewers

    15 vote(s)
  3. Carlos Silva Mariners

    2 vote(s)
  4. Jose Guillen Royals

    0 vote(s)
  5. Jason Jennings Houston

    0 vote(s)
  6. LaTroy Hawkins Yankees

    0 vote(s)
  7. Brad Wilkerson Mariners

    3 vote(s)
  8. Other

    1 vote(s)
  9. Mini Ditka

    0 vote(s)
  1. Who was the worst free agent signing from this offseason? Why?
  2. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    Andruw Jones by far.
  3. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    Jones is the worst. Guy used to be a 40-50 HR guy with a great glove in center. Now, he hasn't done anything and he's only in his early 30s.

    Gagne at least had a good run in Texas last year before getting nuked in Boston. So you could at least excuse Milwaukee for hoping they got the Texas version instead of the Boston version.
  4. Italian_Stallion

    Italian_Stallion Active Member

    It's too early to make a selection. Jones' struggles aren't anything new. He's showed flashes of fail for the past few seasons. If he figures things out, he might be better than ever. So I reserve judgment until the story plays itself out completely. That said, he has to be the early favorite.

    Of course, it depends a lot on whether you're considering how much teams paid. I don't have those numbers in front of me. Jim Edmonds probably didn't get much of a deal, but he certainly has been terrible.
  5. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    Didn't the Mariners already nuke Wilkerson?
    What happened to him? Didn't he hit 30-some home runs before the Expos moved?
  6. outofplace

    outofplace Well-Known Member

    Andruw Jones, with Carlos Silva a close second.
  7. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    At least Jones' deal was only two years, and Gagne's only one.

    Silva's contract was four years, $48 million. Think about that for a moment --- he makes as much as Brandon Webb ($5.5M) and Jake Peavy ($6.5M) combined.
  8. outofplace

    outofplace Well-Known Member

    I thought it was $44 million. That does make it a bit worse.

    My first thought was Silva, but Jones is making $36 million for those two years and he has been even more of a disaster.
  9. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

  10. outofplace

    outofplace Well-Known Member

    Wasn't doubting you, Sneak. Which is why I said "that makes it a bit worse."

    I'd change my vote now if I could. Silva's was the worse signing.
  11. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    Oh, I know. That was just for the record.

    Though I don't really see how "only" $1 million a year changes your mind ...

    Andruw's contract was considered a bargain at the time; even if he didn't hit, he'd at least play 150 games in center with good defense. No one figured he'd get hurt.

    But Silva's deal was universally panned at the time. Not only is he mediocre today, he'll be mediocre in the final year of the contract, when he'll be 32.
  12. Herbert Anchovy

    Herbert Anchovy Active Member

    The Blue Jays signing five (5) middle infielders.
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