Archive for January 25th, 2007

What was that, Bill Madden?

On Sunday, Bill Madden blamed Moneyball, “in no small part,” for the Mets not having come to an agreement with Willie Randolph on a new contract.

On Wednesday, the teams came to terms on a three year, $5.65 million deal.

Randolph was due to get $700,000 in 2007, which would have been the last year on his original three-year, $1.875 million deal. His new contract, however, will net him $1.4 million in 2007, $2 million in 2008 and $2.25 million in 2009, with the 2010 option at $2.5 million, according to the person. According to another source, Randolph also has incentives in the deal.

This makes Randolph the 10th highest paid manager in the Majors for 2007. I’m not sure about the escalators for those nine above him (though you can look it up here), but his bump to $2.25 million would, under the current scheme, make him the fifth highest paid manager, fourth if Joe Torre hangs it up.

I’ll hold my breath for an apology column from Madden as long as I would hold it for him to actually read Moneyball.

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