Juan Pierre better keep on hitting.
Apparently one by-product of Manny's suspension may be an innovative new strategy in building Ned Colletti's free agent war chest: spiking urine samples of overpaid players before drug tests to free up spending money.
Unlike fines, where proceeds go to charity, drug suspensions allow the team to keep the additional cash. And according to sources, the $2.73 million unexpected windfall from Manny’s suspension has players like Pierre and Jason Schmidt looking over their shoulder while at the urinal. Apparently the short list of potential targets, along with the approximate savings a 50-game suspension would yield, is as follows:
- Juan Pierre – $2.7 million
- Rafael Furcal – $1.8 million
- Jason Schmidt – $2.3 million
- Randy Wolf – $1.5 million
Says one unidentified source close to the proceedings*, “he'd be a fool to not at least consider the strategy. What would you rather have, another 50 games of Juan Pierre, or Jake Peavy?”
*"unidentified source" = SoSG writer identified only by the initials EK; "the proceedings" = my refrigerator.