Well, another one bites the dust. Jon Garland is set to sign with the Diamondbacks and yet another player who was offered arbitration and declined has taken a huge pay cut. Good thing these multi-million dollar players have "professional" agents and advisers to help them make good decisions regarding their career and contracts.
In a report out of AZ Central, Jon Garland and the Arizona Diamondbacks have come to terms on a one-year guaranteed contract at an estimated $6 million to $8 million, with a mutual option for a second year. The details are not yet available and it is not official until he completes the customary physical.
But this would put Garland in with Randy Wolf, Jason Varitek, and others in the category of players who have turned down big deals/arbitration and have ended up with the shorter end of the stick. Jason Varitek turned down $10m-12m in arbitration, only to finally be offered $5 millon. Wolf was earlier offered a three-year, $28.5 million deal that he did not seize quickly enough because it was pulled off the table.
Garland, to the surprise of many, turned down arbitration from the Angels that would have made him more than $12 million in 2009. The Angels are now set to replenish their minor league system with five of the first 45 picks because of all the free agents they lost this off-season.
The Diamondbacks are now in a much better position with a pretty solid rotation and will most likely slot Garland in the third spot behind Brandon Webb and Dan Haren. Seems like a pretty solid rotation to me. Looks like the Dodgers had better solidify their rotation to fight off the Giants and the Diamondbacks—either that or sign a certain offensive powerhouse, ahem, Manny Ramirez.
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