Friday, January 22, 2010

Albatrosses Flying Out of L.A.

First the Dodgers shed Juan Pierre, now the Angels have unloaded Gary Matthews Jr. From MLBTR:

The Mets will acquire Gary Matthews Jr. and cash from the Angels for Brian Stokes. Matthews, who receives $500K for being traded, is set to make $11MM in 2010 and $12MM in 2011. The Angels will pick up all but $2MM of the $23.5MM remaining on the deal.

To put this in perspective, the Dodgers are paying $10 million of the $18.5 million left on Juan Pierre's contract — and they received two pitching prospects for him. But that's what happens when your albatross produces more than the other guy's albatross.

photo by Jay Holcomb/IBRRC


Jason said...

I was thinking the same thing. Assuming these trades set the market for no-offense middling-defense outfielders, then the White Sox got absolutely abused by Ned. Of course Ned offered Pierre the contract in the first place so I'm not sure what to think.

Josh S. said...

Not much of a salary dump, is it?

Wesley Vento said...

I always thought Gary Matthews Jr got that huge contract for his final season in Texas (.866 OPS with 19 HR). I also always thought that GMJr was on the roid that year. JP can't claim ever sniffing HGH, or an OPS over .700