Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Angels Sign Gary "Sarge" Matthews, Jr.
FACT:Good God, and to think I used to have a good opinion of Bill Stoneman.
Gary Matthews, Jr. is a 32-year-old outfielder with a career OPS+ of 96 and Equivalent Average of .258—over his career he has just been below average as a hitter. Last year, his 119 OPS+ mark marked the first time he had ever exceeded 109, and only the third time he had exceeded 100 in his career.
Despite making highlight reels, Matthews’ defense last year rated mediocre or worse by both zone rating and PMR, not to mention by Davenport’s non-play-by-play defensive metric, for whatever that’s worth.
Per Rosenthal, Matthews, Jr. will be making $10M per from Arte Moreno through age 37.
"The bottom line is everybody's pleased with the deal," said Scott Leventhal, Matthews' agent. "The fact that Gary has Los Angeles roots, to be able to play for the Angels is an absolute dream come true. He couldn't be happier."No, Mr. Leventhal, you crook, not everyone. Nobody asked me. Nobody asked them, or them. Rangers fans mock us openly, as do Mariners fans and A's fans, deservedly.
Update 3: Poster H. Vaughn at BTF observes that it's "Gotta be the best contract ever for a guy who got DFA'd THREE times: Cubs, Bucs, O's." Ouch. Also, the Chronicler says we are idiots definitely, forgetting that sportswriters should never use the first person plural when referring to the team, explicitly for cases exactly like this one.
Five years is certainly too many for a player that is 32 and coming off of a career year. I am not happy with the deal, but it is good to see that Stoneman is finally willing to overpay for something. I am not prepared to spend another year thinking that the Angels need another bat, but that they are justified in standing pat because nothing reasonable was available. Let's see what else is in store.
Still there's no way to justify those numbers. None.
Overpay yes, on a player that's worth overpaying. Vernon Wells, Andruw Jones, ARod. All guys worth overpaying.
Incidentally, there are WAY too many damn people with variations on the name "Matt." It's time for some last names or nicknames, y'all.