NED LIKES HIM SOME CENTERFIELDERS
“Hi, I’m Ned.”
“Ummm…I have a problem with giving too much money to centerfielders, signing them even when I already have one. See, I just gave a player coming off his worst season as a pro $18 million dollars a year. For 2 years. I’m pretty sure no other team would have come close to that number of dollars, but why chance it? He’s a centerfielder! And a real good one too! I mean last year the one I signed I thought was real good too. He’s all fast and stuff. I saw his hat blow off of his head a few times when he was running for flyballs–so I know he was real fast. Come to think of it, he always has to run real fast after most flyballs. It’s almost like he leaves late to go run them down. Anyway, his name was Juan Pierre. He did ok. I gave him $45 million over 5 years. But then I saw this other guy out there and had to have him!”
Ok, silliness aside, the money is outrageous. But if AJ reverts to his previous form it could be worth it for the Dodgers. If. But the funniest thing about all of this is that I would almost guarantee that the Dodgers wish they had never signed Pierre at all. They have no need for him now with Kemp, Ethier and Jones. So let’s see how Colletti works this out. Maybe Joe Torre will have Pierre run extra wind sprints on day 1 of spring training in the hopes that he’ll blow a hammy.
And we also know why Ken Williams said the other day that AJ was not on their list. He wouldn’t pay him $18 million, no way.
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