Wednesday, January 07, 2004
$4,775,000, payable in 2005.
Why so much, you ask? The simple yet baffling answer to this fair question is that this very large sum of money represents the entire difference between the 2005 salaries of Jeff Cirillo and Wiki Gonzalez, who will still be a Mariner. Yes, that's right. In 2005, the Mariners will effectively be paying $7 Million for third-string catcher Wiki Gonzalez, who should henceforth be known as "The Seven Million Dollar Man".
This trade didn't save the Mariners a dime. Instead of one bum taking up space, they now have three bums taking up space. Why is this better?
"Jeff had made it clear that it was important to him and to his family to play elsewhere next season," Mariners general manager Bill Bavasi said in a statement. "We think this deal gives us flexibility in 2004 and 2005 that we did not have with Jeff on the roster, and helps fill some needs on our big league club."
Ignoring the bogus "flexibility" and "filling needs" claims, are we to believe that this deal was a FAVOR to Jeff?