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(Yahoo)   "Following the Angels' 31st game Sunday, all of the I-told-you-so'ers and Schadenfreudophiles are wearing permagrins at the failure that has been the Hamilton-Angels marriage"   (sports.yahoo.com) divider line 121
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2013-05-07 07:58:33 AM  
*grumpycatgood.jpg*
 
2013-05-07 09:01:29 AM  
So how's Pujols doing?
 
2013-05-07 09:03:09 AM  
Proving yet again that spending a shiat ton of money doesn't buy you wins. It's almost like spending your money wisely is more important than how much you spend.
 
2013-05-07 09:06:50 AM  
What were they to do? Not match the Dodgers' spending spree?
 
2013-05-07 09:08:13 AM  
*haha.jpg*
 
2013-05-07 09:11:16 AM  
This isn't that funny yet. Funny will start in 2015:

2015: 24m for Pujols, 25m for Hamilton
2016: 25m for Pujols, 32m for Hamilton
2017: 26m for Pujols, 32m for Hamilton

That's gonna be frickin' hilarious.
 
2013-05-07 09:12:48 AM  
I'm sure sweet blue-eyed Joshie-Poo is working hard every minute of every day to turn things around.


And by "working hard," I mean "praying to Jesus."
 
2013-05-07 09:15:53 AM  
How did dump Santana's salary on us work out for you?
Worked out well for us.
Your pal,
KC
 
2013-05-07 09:17:19 AM  

Mid_mo_mad_man: How did dump Santana's salary on us work out for you?
Worked out well for us.
Your pal,
KC


How did dumping
 
2013-05-07 09:28:18 AM  

WTF Indeed: This isn't that funny yet. Funny will start in 2015:

2015: 24m for Pujols, 25m for Hamilton
2016: 25m for Pujols, 32m for Hamilton
2017: 26m for Pujols, 32m for Hamilton

That's gonna be frickin' hilarious.


YEESH! I thought they were overpaying Hamilton CURRENTLY. The Angels are just plain stupid to agree to paying $32 million to a 35-year-old Josh Hamilton. Imagine what the injuries are going to be like THEN.
 
2013-05-07 09:28:29 AM  

WTF Indeed: This isn't that funny yet. Funny will start in 2015:

2015: 24m for Pujols, 25m for Hamilton
2016: 25m for Pujols, 32m for Hamilton
2017: 26m for Pujols, 32m for Hamilton

That's gonna be frickin' hilarious.


I dunno, I'd almost go so far as to say 2013 & 2014 = Comic, and 2015-1017 = Just Plain Tragic

/How much money did the owners have to burn anyways, where they trying to drop a tax bracket or something?
 
2013-05-07 09:33:20 AM  

SkylineRecords: YEESH! I thought they were overpaying Hamilton CURRENTLY. The Angels are just plain stupid to agree to paying $32 million to a 35-year-old Josh Hamilton. Imagine what the injuries are going to be like THEN.


I think they're anticipating him overdosing on something before then.
 
2013-05-07 09:35:34 AM  

IAmRight: SkylineRecords: YEESH! I thought they were overpaying Hamilton CURRENTLY. The Angels are just plain stupid to agree to paying $32 million to a 35-year-old Josh Hamilton. Imagine what the injuries are going to be like THEN.

I think they're anticipating him overdosing on something before then.


Right now, the only thing he's overdosing on is balls low and away.
 
2013-05-07 09:36:23 AM  

IAmRight: SkylineRecords: YEESH! I thought they were overpaying Hamilton CURRENTLY. The Angels are just plain stupid to agree to paying $32 million to a 35-year-old Josh Hamilton. Imagine what the injuries are going to be like THEN.

I think they're anticipating him overdosing on something before then.


You guys just don't get it. What were they going to do? Not pay an aging hitter (whose strikeouts were way up and basically quit on his team last year) a crazy amount of money and instead invest in quality pitching?
 
2013-05-07 09:38:24 AM  

babysealclubber: IAmRight: SkylineRecords: YEESH! I thought they were overpaying Hamilton CURRENTLY. The Angels are just plain stupid to agree to paying $32 million to a 35-year-old Josh Hamilton. Imagine what the injuries are going to be like THEN.

I think they're anticipating him overdosing on something before then.

You guys just don't get it. What were they going to do? Not pay an aging hitter (whose strikeouts were way up and basically quit on his team last year) a crazy amount of money and instead invest in quality pitching?


Plan B: Trade Hamilton, Pujols, Trout, and Weaver to the Blue Jays.
 
2013-05-07 09:41:33 AM  

SkylineRecords: babysealclubber: IAmRight: SkylineRecords: YEESH! I thought they were overpaying Hamilton CURRENTLY. The Angels are just plain stupid to agree to paying $32 million to a 35-year-old Josh Hamilton. Imagine what the injuries are going to be like THEN.

I think they're anticipating him overdosing on something before then.

You guys just don't get it. What were they going to do? Not pay an aging hitter (whose strikeouts were way up and basically quit on his team last year) a crazy amount of money and instead invest in quality pitching?

Plan B: Trade Hamilton, Pujols, Trout, and Weaver to the Blue Jays.


Doesn't Hamilton have a no-trade clause?
 
2013-05-07 09:48:33 AM  

babysealclubber: SkylineRecords: babysealclubber: IAmRight: SkylineRecords: YEESH! I thought they were overpaying Hamilton CURRENTLY. The Angels are just plain stupid to agree to paying $32 million to a 35-year-old Josh Hamilton. Imagine what the injuries are going to be like THEN.

I think they're anticipating him overdosing on something before then.

You guys just don't get it. What were they going to do? Not pay an aging hitter (whose strikeouts were way up and basically quit on his team last year) a crazy amount of money and instead invest in quality pitching?

Plan B: Trade Hamilton, Pujols, Trout, and Weaver to the Blue Jays.

Doesn't Hamilton have a no-trade clause?


(scanning) Why yes. Yes he does. By the time they're done with his contract, the Houston Astros will be good.
 
2013-05-07 10:07:18 AM  

WTF Indeed: This isn't that funny yet. Funny will start in 2015:

2015: 24m for Pujols, 25m for Hamilton
2016: 25m for Pujols, 32m for Hamilton
2017: 26m for Pujols, 32m for Hamilton

That's gonna be frickin' hilarious.


For once, it's fun to see how other teams do a Yankees.
 
2013-05-07 10:09:36 AM  
As a Ranger's fan I'm so glad we got out of that mess. I also find it amusing how many people here in the DFW area hate him now. It seems all the fundies finally figured out that Hamilton's whole God thing is mostly fake and that he cares about himself and his money more than anything else, even though that was true from day one.

Watching him fail makes the tears of Angel's fans that much sweeter!
 
2013-05-07 10:09:37 AM  

SkylineRecords: babysealclubber: SkylineRecords: babysealclubber: IAmRight: SkylineRecords: YEESH! I thought they were overpaying Hamilton CURRENTLY. The Angels are just plain stupid to agree to paying $32 million to a 35-year-old Josh Hamilton. Imagine what the injuries are going to be like THEN.

I think they're anticipating him overdosing on something before then.

You guys just don't get it. What were they going to do? Not pay an aging hitter (whose strikeouts were way up and basically quit on his team last year) a crazy amount of money and instead invest in quality pitching?

Plan B: Trade Hamilton, Pujols, Trout, and Weaver to the Blue Jays.

Doesn't Hamilton have a no-trade clause?

(scanning) Why yes. Yes he does. By the time they're done with his contract, the Houston Astros will be good.


Y'know, it's funny how players get persuaded to do what their agents want instead of what they feel right about (looks at A-Rod NOT telling the PA to fark off about the Boston trade, Carl Crawford signing with Boston and now, Hamilton).
 
2013-05-07 10:10:57 AM  

cfreak: As a Ranger's fan I'm so glad we got out of that mess. I also find it amusing how many people here in the DFW area hate him now. It seems all the fundies finally figured out that Hamilton's whole God thing is mostly fake and that he cares about himself and his money more than anything else, even though that was true from day one.


You mean, that Hamilton's attitude reflects their own...and they hate looking at the mirror to their souls?
 
2013-05-07 10:29:14 AM  
From Seattle, I say: haha!
 
2013-05-07 10:30:11 AM  
You guys seem knowledge (hah), so I'll ask: why can't baseball teams just swap players at will and get the same production? I understand the NL/AL pitcher difference, but even putting that aside it seems lineups have to "click". Click how? It's only you against the pitcher. It doesn't matter who the other eight guys in your lineup are. Right? I mean, it seems like I'm wrong, but I don't know why.
 
2013-05-07 10:46:25 AM  
The author of that article is trying way too hard.
 
2013-05-07 10:51:06 AM  

SkittlesAreYum: You guys seem knowledge (hah), so I'll ask: why can't baseball teams just swap players at will and get the same production? I understand the NL/AL pitcher difference, but even putting that aside it seems lineups have to "click". Click how? It's only you against the pitcher. It doesn't matter who the other eight guys in your lineup are. Right? I mean, it seems like I'm wrong, but I don't know why.


Because, depending on the type of ball the club wants to play, everyone needs to have a role. It's a team sport, and the best way to make big innings is to get to the pitcher mentally. His job is the most cerebral, and mentality Is a big part of pitching. Take former Chicago Cub Carlos Zambrano; when teams got to him early, he started getting angry, and when he's pitching with anger, he's terrible. Once he felt good mentally on the mound, he was "Big Z". The point of choosing your line-up is to analyze how a guy pitches and what makes him feel comfortable, and confuse him. That's just my opinion on the matter.
 
2013-05-07 11:11:49 AM  
ESPN MLB standings page has the Angels' playoff chances listed as 11.2%

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2013-05-07 11:14:15 AM  

SkittlesAreYum: You guys seem knowledge (hah), so I'll ask: why can't baseball teams just swap players at will and get the same production? I understand the NL/AL pitcher difference, but even putting that aside it seems lineups have to "click". Click how? It's only you against the pitcher. It doesn't matter who the other eight guys in your lineup are. Right? I mean, it seems like I'm wrong, but I don't know why.


Multiple reasons, but I would say it rbeaks down into two main categories, people can add to these as they see fit:

1 - Clubhouse intangible stuff.  This has to do with the players relationship to the coaches and staff, as well as to their teammates.  The baseball season is long, and it is important to have supporting teammates that push each other to succeed, as opposed to infighting.  If you are playing alongside a bunch of guys you respect, you will make smart decisions and try to earn theirs in return.

2 - Baseball strategy.  While you are correct that it is just the batter vs. the hitter, this isn't the whole picture.  If a team can get enough good hitters together it compounds the problem the opposing pitcher faces.  To use a simple example, if a team has 1 amazingly super hitter, but 8 bags-of-crap, the opposing pitcher can stick to the edge of the plate and bad-to-hit pitches against the ace, because if he gets walked it is less likely the guy behind him in the lineup will advance him to score.  If you have 4 good-to-great hitters, the opposing pitcher can avoid an individual, but he will have to throw strikes against at least one of them.  So if a hitter came from a team where he had good hitters before and after him in the lineup, but went to a team that only has him, he very well might suffer.
 
2013-05-07 11:21:35 AM  

SkittlesAreYum: Click how? It's only you against the pitcher. It doesn't matter who the other eight guys in your lineup are. Right? I mean, it seems like I'm wrong, but I don't know why.


It *does* matter who the other guys in your lineup are.

The best example is ... If Hamilton is at the plate in the three hole with Beltre protecting him in the four hole, opposing pitchers A) aren't going to intentionally walk Hamilton to get to Beltre and B) are going to give Hamilton more pitches to hit and try to get him out (ie, aren't going to "pitch around" him), because they don't want to face Beltre with a runner on, especially since Hamilton is capable of stealing a base.  On the flip side (this isn't actual, just an example), if Hamilton is at the plate in the three hole with Pujols protecting him at the four hole, and Pujols hits into a lot of ground ball double plays, and you have a pitcher on the mound who induces more ground balls than fly balls, the pitcher is going to give Hamilton less good pitches to swing at (ie, he is going to "pitch around" him)

There's plenty more examples of how other players in the batting line up affect the pitches a batter sees, but I think you get the picture without further clarification.

Still though, none of that really matters.  Josh Hamilton has been on a steady decline since mid-June last year, when he became addicted to pitches low and away.  The more pitchers throw low and away pitches, the more addicted he gets.  Addictive personalities .... so sad.
 
2013-05-07 11:24:04 AM  

WTF Indeed: This isn't that funny yet. Funny will start in 2015:

2015: 24m for Pujols, 25m for Hamilton
2016: 25m for Pujols, 32m for Hamilton
2017: 26m for Pujols, 32m for Hamilton

That's gonna be frickin' hilarious.


Trying to comprehend how they could justify that is making my brain hurt.

/heads should roll for that
//but it was probably the owner who made the call to get both of them
 
2013-05-07 11:28:12 AM  

SkittlesAreYum: You guys seem knowledge (hah), so I'll ask: why can't baseball teams just swap players at will and get the same production? I understand the NL/AL pitcher difference, but even putting that aside it seems lineups have to "click". Click how? It's only you against the pitcher. It doesn't matter who the other eight guys in your lineup are. Right? I mean, it seems like I'm wrong, but I don't know why.


There's a bunch of reasons. Sometimes it's the new ballpark that isn't as friendly to the particular hitter as his old park. Sometimes a player in a new role changes his approach.

I think one of the bigger reasons though is that a lot of guys don't hit free agency until they are around 30 or so years old. Not that 30 is really old or anything, but it's past the point where guys are going to show major improvement. When a team signs a superstar to a long term contract, the team is basically hoping that the player maintains his present talent level and banking on him not declining significantly for 'x' number of years. Obviously it doesn't always work out that way
 
2013-05-07 11:30:24 AM  

cfreak: As a Ranger's fan I'm so glad we got out of that mess. I also find it amusing how many people here in the DFW area hate him now.


Yes. He's not our problem any more and because, "Baseball town".

It seems all the fundies finally figured out that Hamilton's whole God thing is mostly fake and that he cares about himself and his money more than anything else, even though that was true from day one.

Well, he's always cloaked himself in/hidden behind religion whenever things don't go his way and people start asking tough questions. On his less than welcoming return to Arlington he said something to the effect of, "Where did they get on Jesus the hardest? His hometown." I mean, c'mon. what are you, Josh of Nazereth? Ridiculous.

Watching him fail makes the tears of Angel's fans that much sweeter!

I'll just leave this here in homage to the Halo's start this year.
Fblog.psprint.comIL

Rwa2play: cfreak: As a Ranger's fan I'm so glad we got out of that mess. I also find it amusing how many people here in the DFW area hate him now. It seems all the fundies finally figured out that Hamilton's whole God thing is mostly fake and that he cares about himself and his money more than anything else, even though that was true from day one.

You mean, that Hamilton's attitude reflects their own...and they hate looking at the mirror to their souls?


-1/10.

Can.... almost.... reach.... straws.

You're not even trying.
 
2013-05-07 11:33:04 AM  
Pujols should've stayed in St. Louis.  Just sayin'...
 
2013-05-07 11:35:13 AM  

babysealclubber: SkylineRecords: babysealclubber: IAmRight: SkylineRecords: YEESH! I thought they were overpaying Hamilton CURRENTLY. The Angels are just plain stupid to agree to paying $32 million to a 35-year-old Josh Hamilton. Imagine what the injuries are going to be like THEN.

I think they're anticipating him overdosing on something before then.

You guys just don't get it. What were they going to do? Not pay an aging hitter (whose strikeouts were way up and basically quit on his team last year) a crazy amount of money and instead invest in quality pitching?

Plan B: Trade Hamilton, Pujols, Trout, and Weaver to the Blue Jays.

Doesn't Hamilton have a no-trade clause?


IIRC, so does Pujols.  8+ years with a full no-trade left on that contract.
 
2013-05-07 11:38:33 AM  

IAmRight: SkylineRecords: YEESH! I thought they were overpaying Hamilton CURRENTLY. The Angels are just plain stupid to agree to paying $32 million to a 35-year-old Josh Hamilton. Imagine what the injuries are going to be like THEN.

I think they're anticipating him overdosing on something before then.


"Hey, Josh, before Spring Training in 2016, you're going to an unsupervised Jesus convention for a month straight. In North Vegas."
 
2013-05-07 11:38:53 AM  

Cubs300: Pujols should've stayed in St. Louis.  Just sayin'...


And they had a 5 yr./$210M deal (or close to it) on the table too if the P-D was correct.  Dodged a bullet on that one.  Now they've locked up Molina and Wainwright and are looking solid with AP's replacement, Allen Craig.

\never would have thought that Yadi would have been the bigger fan-favorite than AP in STL
 
2013-05-07 11:42:43 AM  

Gonz: "Hey, Josh, before Spring Training in 2016, you're going to an unsupervised Jesus convention for a month straight. In North Vegas."


"Hey, have you met Lindsay Lohan? She's going to be your tour guide and show you around the area."
 
2013-05-07 11:44:42 AM  

SnatchMcGillicudy: babysealclubber: SkylineRecords: babysealclubber: IAmRight: SkylineRecords: YEESH! I thought they were overpaying Hamilton CURRENTLY. The Angels are just plain stupid to agree to paying $32 million to a 35-year-old Josh Hamilton. Imagine what the injuries are going to be like THEN.

I think they're anticipating him overdosing on something before then.

You guys just don't get it. What were they going to do? Not pay an aging hitter (whose strikeouts were way up and basically quit on his team last year) a crazy amount of money and instead invest in quality pitching?

Plan B: Trade Hamilton, Pujols, Trout, and Weaver to the Blue Jays.

Doesn't Hamilton have a no-trade clause?

IIRC, so does Pujols.  8+ years with a full no-trade left on that contract.


Holy bad roster decisions, Batman!
 
2013-05-07 11:45:41 AM  

IAmRight: Gonz: "Hey, Josh, before Spring Training in 2016, you're going to an unsupervised Jesus convention for a month straight. In North Vegas."

"Hey, have you met Lindsay Lohan? She's going to be your tour guide and show you around the area."


I can't ever root for someone to fall off the wagon, but even when he was in Cincinnati, something about him has always seemed....off.
 
2013-05-07 11:52:08 AM  

SnatchMcGillicudy: Cubs300: Pujols should've stayed in St. Louis.  Just sayin'...

And they had a 5 yr./$210M deal (or close to it) on the table too if the P-D was correct.  Dodged a bullet on that one.  Now they've locked up Molina and Wainwright and are looking solid with AP's replacement, Allen Craig.


Yup: the Cardinals dodged a huge bullet there. Poo-holes is batting .237 right now.
 
2013-05-07 11:57:51 AM  

WTF Indeed: This isn't that funny yet. Funny will start in 2015:

2015: 24m for Pujols, 25m for Hamilton
2016: 25m for Pujols, 32m for Hamilton
2017: 26m for Pujols, 32m for Hamilton

That's gonna be frickin' hilarious.


Oh my god, that's terrible. It's like they learned absolutely nothing from Vernon Wells, Torii Hunter, and Vlad Guerrero (MVP season notwithstanding).

What is Arte Moreno thinking? "Hey guys, let's give a top 10 contract to a power hitter over 30 and hope for a dead cat bounce!" And this is even worse - Pujols and Hamilton are signed to LONGER contracts for MORE money than any of the others I named.
 
2013-05-07 12:17:53 PM  

phyrkrakr: WTF Indeed: This isn't that funny yet. Funny will start in 2015:

2015: 24m for Pujols, 25m for Hamilton
2016: 25m for Pujols, 32m for Hamilton
2017: 26m for Pujols, 32m for Hamilton

That's gonna be frickin' hilarious.

Oh my god, that's terrible. It's like they learned absolutely nothing from Vernon Wells, Torii Hunter, and Vlad Guerrero (MVP season notwithstanding).

What is Arte Moreno thinking? "Hey guys, let's give a top 10 contract to a power hitter over 30 and hope for a dead cat bounce!" And this is even worse - Pujols and Hamilton are signed to LONGER contracts for MORE money than any of the others I named.


TV & $$$$.... $$$$ & TV.... Arte's just trying to keep up with the Jones' Dodgers.
 
2013-05-07 12:18:54 PM  
Somehow, this is all Jim Buss's fault.
 
2013-05-07 12:23:58 PM  

WTF Indeed: This isn't that funny yet. Funny will start in 2015:

2015: 24m for Pujols, 25m for Hamilton
2016: 25m for Pujols, 32m for Hamilton
2017: 26m for Pujols, 32m for Hamilton

That's gonna be frickin' hilarious.


You're neglecting:
2018: $27M for Pujols, age 38
2019: $28M for Pujols, age 39
2020: $29M for Pujols, age 40
2021: $30M for Pujols, age 41
And just for kicks: "10-year, $10M personal-services contract begins once player contract expires.", whatever that means.

Full-no-trade clause, no options years or buyouts, guaranteed money.

Also:
2013-2014: Paying Vernon Wells $28.1M to play baseball (or sit on the bench) for the Yankees.
 
2013-05-07 12:25:52 PM  

chimp_ninja: 2013-2014: Paying Vernon Wells $28.1M to play baseball (or sit on the bench) for the Yankees.


Things like that are my favorite part of baseball contracts. Especially when a team ends up paying a player to play for a team that eliminates them in the playoffs.
 
2013-05-07 12:26:30 PM  

4NTLRZ: TV & $$$$.... $$$$ & TV.... Arte's just trying to keep up with the Jones' Dodgers.


I get why the Angels want to spend a lot of money.  LA could support two big-ticket franchises.  The question is: Why park nearly all of it on two aging (*) sluggers?

(*): Add in the rumors that Pujols is older than he says, and that Hamilton has some extra "hard living" wear on the tires.
 
2013-05-07 12:29:52 PM  
Effing Artie Moreno. Aside from the whole "Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim" uber-embarrassment, the GM's he's picked to do his bidding have been terrible. It kinda reminds of the Autry days, in a bad way.

There was no reason to sign Hamilton to that kind of contract. Add the Poo-holes (hahahaha, like that) deal and it's a huge financial hit for years to come. Having been an Angels fan since 1974, I guarantee Artie that if they play like crap for the rest of the year, they'll be lucky to draw 25,000 to a game; add *another* bad season next year (likely) and the days of "sellouts" and major food and drink revenue will be gone. Angels fans as a group are front-runners, they go to games mainly to talk and drink beer and cheer for the farking Rally Monkey.

I used to go to 5 or 6 games a year, but I live and work near downtown Los Angeles, that drive during the week is a no-go and frankly, I'd rather spend my weekends doing other stuff than watching a bad baseball team that has maybe three guys I root for (Trumbo, Howie and Trout).

Go Kings Go! :-)
 
2013-05-07 12:29:53 PM  
Don't try to pass this shiat off on the Blue Jays, well unless you're including cash considerations of somewhere around 300 million.  They never take any contracts over five years (since the V Wells contract). And they foisted Wells on the Angels in the first place.
 
2013-05-07 12:32:49 PM  

Rwa2play: WTF Indeed: This isn't that funny yet. Funny will start in 2015:

2015: 24m for Pujols, 25m for Hamilton
2016: 25m for Pujols, 32m for Hamilton
2017: 26m for Pujols, 32m for Hamilton

That's gonna be frickin' hilarious.

For once, it's fun to see how other teams do a Yankees.


Came here to say this.
 
2013-05-07 12:36:33 PM  

IAmRight: chimp_ninja: 2013-2014: Paying Vernon Wells $28.1M to play baseball (or sit on the bench) for the Yankees.

Things like that are my favorite part of baseball contracts. Especially when a team ends up paying a player to play for a team that eliminates them in the playoffs.


Add in the Yankees' ridiculous ability in recent years to salvage acceptable seasons out of guys who were presumed dead several years ago:

2013 Wells: Hitting .280/.339/.486
2013 Hafner: Hitting .291/.417/.582
2013 Overbay: Hitting .253/.290/.484
2012 Ibanez: .240/.308/.453
2012 Chavez: .281/.348/.496
2012-2013 Ichiro: .309/.337/.426, plus defense
2011-2012 Andruw: .220/.322/.447

Every one of those guys was a punchline when they signed with the Yankees, and they're ranging from "holds down a lineup spot OK" to "Does Brian Cashman have a time machine?"
 
2013-05-07 12:56:20 PM  

chimp_ninja: You're neglecting:
2018: $27M for Pujols, age 38
2019: $28M for Pujols, age 39
2020: $29M for Pujols, age 40
2021: $30M for Pujols, age 41
And just for kicks: "10-year, $10M personal-services contract begins once player contract expires.", whatever that means.

Full-no-trade clause, no options years or buyouts, guaranteed money.

Also:
2013-2014: Paying Vernon Wells $28.1M to play baseball (or sit on the bench) for the Yankees.


That's just rubbing it in.

You forgot paying CJ Wilson 20m in 2016.
 
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