The three remaining arbitration eligible players have signed contracts:
Jason Lane – 1.05 mill (up from 454K last year.) Amazing that a player can perform so badly and yet receive double his salary. Of course, if he is cut in ST, he will only receive a small pro-rated portion of the salary.
Adam Everett – 2.8 mill (up from 1.9 mill last year. He can’t make much for being a defensive genius – the bucks come from the bat, and Adam is not on the field for his bat.) He can also earn another 150K in incentives.
Morgan Ensberg – 4.35 mill (up from 3.95 mill last year. I guess he must feel pretty guilty about not being honest about his injured shoulder last year, as he didn’t ask for much of a raise.)
It is, what, a dozen years since an Astros player last went to arbitration. This is a very good thing, because all arbitration accomplishes is really establishing bad feelings between team and player. Compromise is a MUCH better solution.
In other news, yet another ex-Tiger, (yeah, uh-oh) Brian Moehler, has been signed to a minor league deal, and Phil is saying that he has a chance to make the starting rotation out of Spring Training. That, my friends, is, to put it mildly, not a very good thing.
Let’s take a look at his stats. He was a Houston Astro in 2003 line with Houston, but spent most of the time on the DL, then had elbow surgery after the season..
According to thehardballtimes.com, last year he had negative 2 winshares. They project his line to be:
6-10 with a 5.57 ERA over 126 IP – 17 HR, 41 BB, 74 K and a 1.59 WHIP.
He also has a 10.29 ERA at the Box – yes, over 7 IP, yes I know, small sample size…
I’d rather use Wandy.