And so the absurdity continues:
…. Ryan Garko and the Mariners agreed to a $550,000, one-year contract Monday as Seattle tried to address its need for a right-handed hitter.
Terms of the contract obtained by the Associated Press show the 29-year-old first baseman and designated hitter could nearly double his salary, to $1,075,000, if he becomes a regular for Seattle with 600 plate appearances.
Travis Ishikawa 2009: 9 HR 39 RBI .261/.329/.387 .726 OPS 2010 base salary $410,000
Ryan Garko 2009: 13 HR 51 RBI 268/.344/.421 .765 OPS 2010 base salary $550,000
Aubrey Huff 2009: 15 HR 85 RBI .241/.310/.384 .694 OPS 2010 base salary $3,000,000
So, to recap, last year –just before the trade deadline– we traded top-four Giants’ prospect Scott Barnes (doh!) for Ryan Garko, so that he could replace Travis Ishikawa, then we benched Garko and played Ishikawa anyway. That wasn’t ridiculous enough for Sabean. No, he had to follow up that laughable failure by allowing Garko to walk –meaning we traded Barnes (doh!) for nothing, by the way– and then we went out and gave $3 million dollars to Aubrey Huff to replace Garko, who then went out and signed with the Mariners for a half a million dollars.
Yeah, that was well-thought out.