LADY AT THE BAT: I Love Me Some Melky, But...

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

I Love Me Some Melky, But...

...not $1.2 million worth. The Yankees have avoided arbitration with centerfielder Melky Cabrera, signing him for at least that amount for 2009. The actual figure hasn't been released yet.

Melky made $461,200 in 2008 and, after batting .249 with a dreadful OBP, the Yankees apparently felt that a such a big raise was in order. Why? My guess is that there must be another outfielder out there who was worse than, or just as bad as Melky last year but who's also being over-paid. Who that is, I don' t know. One point two million dollars. Nice work if you can get it.

One other signing Xavier Nady, for $6.55 million. He made $3.35 million last year. Now, that's more like it.


Update, 7:14 PM The figure is in. It's $1.4 million, plus there's the possibility of an additional $100,000 in performance bonuses.

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