Teams missing boat on Guerrero
Detroit must create the impression they are aggressively trying to improve the team.
My ballplaying friends, I ask you: are you a drifter, an underachiever, a never was, a should-have-been, an injury waiting to happen? Do you feel like nobody in your sport wants to give you a chance? Are you tired of watching your colleagues bring home 50 grand a week and more while you struggle by with half that? You say you've been a free agent for two months and your agent won't return your calls? Well have we got the place for you: Detroit, Michigan. Yes, Detroit, baseball's version of hobo heaven.
Johnson is a 30-year old pitcher who has never cracked the top ten in anything positive. He has, however, made one or more appearances in the top ten lists of the following happy categories: Hit Batsmen, Bases on Balls allowed, Home Runs allowed, Losses and Wild Pitches thrown. His strike out-to-walk ratios are especially unimpressive and his ERAs are, when at his very best, just above league average. Given all that, he still represents a step up from many of the pitchers the Tigers trotted out in 2003. Is this step up worth the $3.5 million per season for two years the Tigers gave Johnson? Not in this market.
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