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Sunday, January 16, 2005
There must be something in the water in and around DC that makes people spend money like drunken sailors. Not only is our Federal government a bit out of control when it comes to spending money, so too is the DC city government (spending lots of money on education and stadiums), and, evidently, so too are the Nationals.
From the Washington Post:
In the past two seasons, Tony Armas Jr. has won a total of four games. Yet it is a mark of the state of the Washington Nationals' starting rotation that the club must have Armas overcome his recent injuries and have a stellar 2005 if the team is to be competitive.
So, Armas was able to stay in the big leagues long enough to become arbitration eligible and negotiate A RAISE over last year's salary? The Yankees aren't the best franchise in the game by keeping rag-arms like this around.
What can the Nationals expect from their re-acquisition? Given his career averages - 5 wins & 7 losses or $425,000 per win or $4000 per inning pitched, whichever measure makes you gag less. Granted that average "prices" are not necessarily good measures of player value, but these numbers really don't make any sense. I'm less amazed that the team and Armas came to an agreement than the fact that Armas is even pitching in the bigs after six years of doing basically nothing.
This story sends a loud and clear message to potential (and any actual?) Nationals fans - we value mediocrity! The Nationals figure a .438 lifetime winning percentage warrants $2.26 million per year and the number two starter position. It's gonna be great to be a Nationals fan for the next few years.
I know this will piss off the player's union, but I'll pitch for half the price.
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