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Postby TheYanks04 » Tue Mar 28, 2006 1:31 am

Astros out the 15.6 M on Bagwell's contract. Bagwell and his insistence on playing end of last season and this season certainly did not help the Astro cause and can't make Bagwell a popular guy with ownership in Houtson.


Rotoworld:
Jeff Bagwell - 1B - Astros


The Astros have been told they cannot collect on the insurance policy they hold on disabled first baseman Jeff Bagwell's $17 million salary for this year.
It sounds like a court case is brewing over the $15.6 million the Astros hoped to get back. Connecticut General Life Insurance Company has declared that Bagwell was able to play. "On March 13, 2006, Connecticut General Life Insurance Company notified the Houston Astros that it had denied a total disability claim submitted by the Astros relating to Jeff Bagwell," said attorney Ty Buthod, a partner at the Houston law firm of Baker Botts. "The company determined that there had been no adverse change in Mr. Bagwell's condition or ability to play baseball between the end of last season, when he was an active member of the roster, and January 31, 2006, the date the policy expired. The company carefully reviewed the claim as submitted by the Astros and determined that the claim did not support a finding of total disability." If there's no insurance money coming anyway, then there's a better chance that Bagwell will return as a bench player at some point during the season.
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Postby bleach168 » Tue Mar 28, 2006 1:37 am

I hate insurance companies.
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Postby Havok1517 » Tue Mar 28, 2006 1:40 am

This may sound dumb, and I should probably know this, but if Bagwell straight retires does he still get paid? What if they released him?
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Postby TheYanks04 » Tue Mar 28, 2006 1:41 am

No. But why would he do that and forfeit 17M when he could just sit on the DL all season and get paid?


And if he is released, he still gets paid since he is under contract.
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Postby Havok1517 » Tue Mar 28, 2006 1:42 am

Yeah, I agree, not too classy of him though but dumb not to. What if they released him?
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Postby TheYanks04 » Tue Mar 28, 2006 1:44 am

Havok1517 wrote:Yeah, I agree, not too classy of him though but dumb not to. What if they released him?



If released he still is under contract so he would get paid. All that would do is clear a spot from the Astros 40 man roster or DL list.
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Postby Havok1517 » Tue Mar 28, 2006 1:51 am

Maybe Houston will win the court case, but I doubt it.
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Postby TheYanks04 » Tue Mar 28, 2006 1:56 am

I doubt it as well. Maybe they cause enough trouble to force a settlement for part of the money.


The Insurance company has a point. If he was healthy enough to play at the end of 2005 and intended to play in 2006 and was feeling good until just recently, then what exactly had changed for the worse through the end of Jan when the contract expired?
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Postby Havok1517 » Tue Mar 28, 2006 2:01 am

Okay, I got it. The Astros play hard ball and find out if Baggs was ever on steriods or participated in any unfit conduct and then if he is say that that is unexceptable conduct and void the rest of the contract. Now that hard part is find if he ever was. It's plausible, jk, probably not. :-?
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Postby TheYanks04 » Tue Mar 28, 2006 2:10 am

Interesting idea. Many have suspected Bagwell was a juicer for years. I am sure the Stro's know if he was. Would they want the bad press? But if they are forced to play by the MLBPA rules, then the roids would not mean much if he used them prior to 2004.

Could always get him drunk, slip him a micky....put him in a car and stage a minor accident that makes it look like he was driving under the influence and passed out. Get a prostitute in the car drunk with him and they are set for a combined Neagle/Ponson case.
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