Does Victor Zambrano have Naked Pictures of Omar Minaya?
First he trades Scott Kazmir, at the time probably the #1 lefthanded prospect in all of baseball for Mr. Mediocrity Zambrano. Now, after a.. less than stellar 2005, Zambrano gets a pay increase.
SI's Richard Deitsch lays it all out very well:
Zambrano, 30, was given a raise of $900,000 after going 7-12 with a 4.17 ERA in 27 starts and four relief appearances. For bad measure, Zambrano was among the National League leaders in walks (he had the ninth-highest total) and hit batsmen (he ranked third). Opponents hit a robust .264 against him. Last September, Zambrano was so ineffective that manager Willie Randolph relegated him to the bullpen. (It's irrelevant for this argument that the Mets acquired Zambrano for Devil Rays starter Scott Kazmir, who has seemingly limitless potential at age 22). People may complain about Alex Rodriguez pulling down the gross national product of Poland, but there's no question that Rodriguez produces at a rate as high as anyone in baseball. What should really offend your sensibilities is when someone like Zambrano gets a raise for performing like Aeon Flux at the box office.
posted by Mr. Faded Glory @ 6:53 PM