Player A has a few sub par, injury filled seasons. Then in his free-agent year, Player A plays great, makes the all-star team and, as they say these days, "puts up numbers."
Then a desperate team, looking to make a splash, signs Player A to a huge contract.
Well, that's what happened to now former Mets shortstop Jose Reyes.
An exciting player for certain when healthy and motivated, Reyes only played in 36 games in 2009 and 133 games in 2010 when he hit .282. Leg injuries have been an issue which is a problem when his game is predicated on speed.
Last year, Reyes, motivated by the carrot of a new, multi-year, million dollar contract won the batting title with the Mets at .337, although the way he won the title was cowardly. He got a hit in his final game and then took himself out of the lineup to protect the average, gambling that Ryan Braun of the Brewers wouldn't go 3-4. He didn't and Reyes won the crown. Read my thoughts on that escapade on this blog in the September 29, 2011 post titled "Tainted Crown?"
Anyhow, the Marlins bought in and signed Reyes to a 6-year, 106-million dollar contract with an option for a 7th year at 22-million, 4-mil of that guaranteed.
Florida...um, excuse me, Miami, here's what you get! A selfish, injury prone player that will likely have you saying three years from now, "Why did we sign this guy?"
Bad move Marlins. They should have changed their name to the Miami Suckers.
Don't get me started on their interest in Albert Pujols. That would be a big time sucker deal.