Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Party At Uncle Teddy's Tonight

John Patterson lost his arbitration case, and he'll earn the club's recommended salary of $850K, instead of his request of $1.85 million. If you heard a loud cork-popping sound, it was no doubt the sound of celebration from Lerner Worldwide Headquarters as they're now a million bucks richer! While, I'm sure this million will be put to good use to gold plate some bidets at the new stadium or to sign 78,000 new Dominican shortstops, I'm just glad it didn't go to one of those greedy players who don't know their place in the pecking order.

Patterson's case was an interesting one. He clearly has the talent to warrant the higher salary, but his never-ending list of injuries has presented him from accumulating any sort of valuable statistical record, which, in the end, is what likely crippled his case.

I'd be interested to hear who presented the case for the Nats. (I'm sure that whoever it is will get a crisp new $5 bill extra in their paycheck on Friday.)

Chad Cordero remains unsigned, and his arbitration case is next Tuesday, barring some sort of agreement between now and then.

5 Comments:

  • Patterson definately deserves more. But he's gotta prove he's not the Nats version of Mike Prior and put up a complete season without any injury issues.

    By Anonymous NatsNation, at 2/13/2007 7:51 PM  

  • If Patterson has gotten decent run support in 2005, he could easily won 14-15 games. The last thing we need is a disgruntled Patterson at the top of the rotation. The Nats should have settled with Patterson by splitting the difference, but with the Teddy, the bottom line is the only thing that matters.

    By Anonymous phil dunn, at 2/14/2007 6:45 AM  

  • Not sure he's even worth $800 - most teams with a reputable pitching staff would have given up on him by now. Something tells me it will work out to be six figures a win this year, if not per start.

    I wouldn't worry about his reaction to the pay - its show me time for him.

    By Blogger WinwithZimm, at 2/14/2007 3:06 PM  

  • What's with all the Lerner-is-cheap talk? It's over the top hostile and unwarranted. Why pay $1.85M for this guy, or even $1.35M, which is splitting the difference, when he's had ONE good year? That's ridiculous. The Lerners will spend the money it takes to keep the right players -- and that probably does not mean Patterson -- long term and they will build us a winning franchise.

    By Blogger SkiCat89, at 2/15/2007 11:16 PM  

  • Do you have to be cheap to be happy that you saved a million bucks?

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 2/15/2007 11:19 PM  

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