Rotoworld.com wrote:Doug Mientkiewicz - First Baseman - Twins Feb. 16 - 7:10 pm et
Twins signed first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz to a two-year, $7 million contract with an option for 2006.
Mientkiewicz will make $2.8 million this year and $3.75 million in 2005. Minnesota has a $3.75 million option for 2006 with a $450,000 buyout. If Mientkiewicz continues to hit as well as he did last year, maybe his defense makes him worth about $3.5 million per year. Since he was probably a little over his head and the Twins have Justin Morneau ready to replace him, this looks like a bad move by GM Terry Ryan. There just weren't any good reasons to give him a multiyear deal.
I agree, this move was uncalled for. I would be frustrated if Morneau was one of my keeper prospects.