Filling needs on the cheap
Rodriguez's new contract smacks of short-term, public relations-driven thinking on the part of the Tigers. That's a bad mix for a team in trouble.
But some other big-league clubs were generous this winter for reasons only they can explain. In December, Angels owner Arturo Moreno blew away the field by signing Bartolo Colon for four years and $51 million. Sidney Ponson's three-year, $22.5 million deal with Baltimore was considered extravagant by many. And Seattle was awfully nice to give Scott Spiezio $9 million over three years to play third base, considering he's appeared in 134 games at the position in eight big-league seasons.
Welcome to the fiscally responsible section of the ESPN.com Insider, where we pay tribute to overlooked, low-cost signings that could pay off for both the player and team in question. Here are several in the under $2 million category that spring to mind:
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