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.


5 Responses to “What was that, Bill Madden?”

  1. 1 CajoleJuice January 25, 2007 at 3:13 pm

    I immediately thought of your earlier article when I saw the headline in Newsday (Long Island) today. Newsday also had an earlier article detailing how Randolph was being treated unfairly. I’m happy for him, he did a good job last season, even if I feel his bullpen management at times was subpar.

  2. 2 Del Brennan January 25, 2007 at 3:26 pm

    I didn’t follow the Mets enough to determine Randolph’s bullpen usage. But if he had trouble last year, it’s only going to get worse this year.

  3. 3 mcgonnigle January 26, 2007 at 12:59 pm

    Randolph is a nice guy doing a credible, but not brilliant job. At times, he seems to manage scared and there are clearly two Willies; a confident one, when he’s going good (most of last year) and a deer-in-the-headlights version, when things don’t go well. He’s still growing into the job and this deal will go a long way towards helping him. Overall, I agree with Beane/Moneyball that manager is overblown mostly. Just handle some basic things and you’re fine. The cult of the genius manager, however, just refuses to die, as book after book comes out about LaRussa. Last year, he did a great job but come on, he was just the last one standing when the music stopped (due to the goofy wildcard system now, it’s all about hot-hand and things like the luck of the draw that Suppan just matched up terrificly vs the Mets!)

    I had commented on those who refuse to believe or even READ Moneyball (even professionals like Madden, who should read it) and fewer still who understand it, so as info:


    Thanks, love the posts. –fog

  4. 4 mcgonnigle January 26, 2007 at 1:01 pm

    And re Del’s comment and bullpen usage. Last year late especially, Randolph fell in love with Chad Bradford (maybe for good reason) while burying Roberto Hernandez (who they went out deliberately to bring back in) and yet, inexplicably, they let him go and they are not hand-to-mouth on the money thing, you know?

    Modern ball pretty much dictates that you are only as smart as your bullpen. –fog

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