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Friday, January 09, 2004

Vlad? For $10M/yr? Are you joking? 

An article here says that the Mets offered Vlad a 3 year $30 million contract. Are you joking??? Even the O's offer of 5yr/$65M is crazy. We're talking about one of the best players in baseball. A true 5 tool player who actually USES all his 5 tools. I don't even have to go into his numbers over the past few seasons, but an OPS of over 1.000 in 3 of the past 4 seasons is all I'll say. Before last year he played in no less then 154 games in a season since 1997. OK, his home park (both of them combined) was one of the best hitters parks in baseball, but his Road OPS has still been outstanding (.975, .971 the past 2 years).

But $10M/season? $13M? There isn't ANYONE out there that is willing to pay a little more to have one of the best players in the league? Is Vlad really that reluctant to go to a big city team? Has he, or his agent, scared away so many teams that the only choice he has is between the O's and the Mets? I know Vlad has stated that he'd like to play in Florida. You'd think that the Marlins would jump at the opportunity to even TRY and lure him to Florida. Maybe even a one year deal like they gave IRod.

I guess we'll just have to wait and see, but as a Yankee fan, I don't relish the thought of going to either the O's or the Mets.
# posted by shawn : 1/09/2004 07:21:00 PM -
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