The downside of Jim's propensity for or finding diamonds in the rough (or at least pretty bits of glass on the beach) is that he has a tendency to cancel out the value of his cheap find by re-signing said find for far too much money. The two year, $10 million that went to Dmitri Young--a contract that no other team in baseball would have given him--is a prime example.
Which brings us to this from Enrique Rojas from ESPNDeportes.com:
Por otro lado, informes recibidos desde el cuartel del lanzador dominicano Odalis Pérez indican que el zurdo ha recibido varias ofertas (incluyendo de parte de Yankees de Nueva York y Medias Blancas de Chicago), pero su meta es quedarse con los Nacionales de Washington.What? No habla espanol? Try this, gringo:
"Mi agente está trabajando con los Nacionales. Tenemos una oferta por dos o tres años y es cuestión de afinar detalles", dijo Pérez a ESPNdeportes.com el lunes.
On the other hand, reports received from the headquarters of the Dominican pitcher Odalis Perez indicated that the southpaw has received several offers (including from the New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox), but their goal is to stay with the Washington Nationals.Odalis Perez had a very nice 2008. I would be fine with re-signing him (especially if that allows us to send Scott Olsen to Syracuse). But two or three years? For a 32-year-old who hasn't put together 3 straight good seasons... ever? This would be no less dumb than the 2 years and 10 million for Young or the 4 years for Guzman or 2 years for Vinny Castilla. This would be a totally unnecessary commitment and a terrible decision. Let's hope that Odalis is just trying to make talk big like an hombre rico.
"My agent is working with National. We have an offer for two or three years and is subject to fine-tune details," Perez said to ESPNdeportes.com on Monday.
- Update: No es verdad, dijo el agente de Perez. Gracias a dios!