He's obviously slumping badly, and I wish I could say what exactly was wrong with Victor.
The power numbers were a nice surprise last year, but Victor has always been able to hit for average. As far as the contract goes he signed the largest ever for a catcher not yet eligible for arbitration. It also is Cleveland's biggest deal for a player not yet eligible for arbitration. Whoever/wherever you heard about it being a low contract was misinformed. Cleveland had been in talks with Victor and Hafner in the offseason trying to get them both signed to extensions, it just took a little while longer than expected. Victor will be making $5.7 million in 2009 with a $7 million option for 2010. That's a 4 or 5 year deal, and not exactly cheap.