Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Jason Kendall Got Rich By Sucking at Baseball

Jason Kendall is so excellent at what he does that the Brewers will be giving him a 400% pay raise. Currently making $1 million, Kendall hit the auto-bump mark last week as he started his 100th game. That means he'll go from $1.25 (assuming he hits 130 starts) in 2008 to $4.6 million next year.

The Brewers will be paying Jason Kendall (.245/.328/.318, OPS+ 71, 1 HR, 1:1 k/BB, zero speed, zero power, zero contact, zero ability to do anything productive offensively) $4.6 million dollars.

Chad Moeller's career OPS+ is 61. Jason Kendall will be getting $4.6 million dollars.

Sal Fasano is a bit better than Jason Kendall offensively. He is making $425,000.

Mike Rivera has shown the ability to play baseball. He also has shown he can play baseball well. Pitchers respond identically to Mike Rivera and Jason Kendall. Mike Rivera has power, gets on base, and has power and gets on base.

Mike Rivera is making $395,000.

Angel Salome is having a break out season at AA (.367/.418/.564). Angel Salome is 22 years old. Angel Salome is dirt cheap.

The Brewers have two excellent, cheap options to man the plate next season. They also will need to sign a starter to fill the Sheets/Sabathia gap.

Instead, the Brewers will be paying Jason Kendall (.245/.328/.318, OPS+ 71, 1 HR, 1:1 k/BB, zero speed, zero power, zero
contact, zero ability to do anything productive offensively) $4.6 million dollars.

When the Brewers fail to sign Sabathia because they can't afford it, just remember they CAN apparently afford to pay Jason Kendall $4.6 million dollars.

The club option became guaranteed at 110 starts. I understand it's tough to fit a guy with a .400 OBP who slugs .481 into the lineup, but would it have been the end of the world to get that 130 OPS+ into the lineup 53 times this season?

Mike Rivera starting twice a week saves the Brewers $4.6 million dollars and provides production from the 8 hole. Instead, the Brewers are doomed to pay a worthless old man $4.6 million dollars, and likely lose Mike Rivera, next season.

Nice work Doug and Ned!

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