Pavano, Radke, and Milton. Yikes. They better hope they score 10 runs a game, especially with no bullpen (other than the washed up overpaid SP's they still have under contract).
Why not Lieber, Clement, Odalis, or even Lowe (he couldn't have lost his control totally - could he?)? Why are they only signing players that had one good season in 2004 and ignoring the previous years?
And they should keep Brown. He's as good as any FA's other than Pedro. And the cost to keep him is less than the cost of signing one of the soon to be overpaid FA's. Makes no sense to me.
You think George would know by now that it's not having the highest payroll, it's having the best players. Worked in 96, 98, 99, 2000. Then they started buying all the most expensive players. And they have 0 WS in the past 4 seasons (lost to a wild card team each of the past 3 years).
They're spending $90M on these guys alone in 2005:
Why? The big deals work out once in a while (A-Rod so far, and Sheff so far) but look at the other times they've wasted money dumping it on the flavour of the week, or a player not worth his contract. Yeah it's nice to have the same core guys return after a string of WS wins but Bernie is getting about $9M too much, Jeter's getting about $10M too much, and Posada's getting about $5M too much. Ridiculous. And now they're gonna waste a ton of money on Beltran probably. Maggs is better and will probably go for a big chunk less. It never ends...
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