Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Lifestyles of the Rich & the Famous

Who needs MTV Cribs when we can have our very own show - HBD Cribs!
For the first installment of the show, I'll take a look at all the players who make the most bank ($10 million+ per year) and let you know if they're overpaid, underpaid or paid just right. If you feel I'm in the wrong, let me know!

The $15 Million Dollar Men

J.D. Acosta
Kansas City
Age: 33B/T: R/R
Born: Waller, TX
Position(s): CF/CIF/OF/DH
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J.D. Acosta - $15.1 mil (4 yrs/$60.4 mil) - WAY OVERPAID. Fortunately, J.D. is in the last year of this contract.

J.P. McEnroe
Age: 35B/T: R/R
Born: Washingtoin, IL
Position(s): P (SP1)
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J.P. McEnroe - $15.0 mil (4 yrs/$60 mil) - OVERPAID. This contract is in the last year as well. J.P. has received a more reasonable extension (3 yrs/$18 mil), but I still say OVERPAID due to his age (unless it was expected that he'll retire before the end of the contract).

Steve Floyd
Age: 34B/T: R/R
Born: Garner, NC
Position(s): P (SP2)
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Steve Floyd - $15.0 mil (2 yrs/$32 mil) - SLIGHTLY OVERPAID. A nice 2-year deal for a guy nearing the end of his career. Won't get nearly as much next year as a free agent.

The $10 Million Dollar Men

Felix Ellis
Age: 26B/T: R/R
Born: Chicago, IL
Position(s): SS/IF/OF/DH
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Felix Ellis - $10.5 mil (5 yrs/$52.5 mil) - JUST RIGHT. I would say slightly underpaid, but the batting average and on base percentage need to get higher. Overall, this is a great deal keeping Ellis off the open market until he's 31.

Theo Roa
Age: 32B/T: L/L
Born: Waverly, NE
Position(s): P (SP1)
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Theo Roa - $10.0 mil (5 yrs/$50 mil) - JUST RIGHT. His performance isn't where I'd like it to be, but based on the ratings, I think this is a solid deal.

Geraldo Rios
Age: 29B/T: R/R
Born: Gila Bend, AZ
Position(s): 3B/1B/2B/COF/DH
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Geraldo Rios - $10.0 mil (5 yrs/$46 mil) - JUST RIGHT. The premium on good bats goes way up in a -4's park. I'll put it this way, the record for home runs in a season for the Blizzard is 36. Rios has 34 home runs in only 110 games played. With 41 games left in the season, I'm betting he breaks that record.

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