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"Hello, Julio Lugo? Yes, 5 years, $90 million sounds good to us."
Every general manager makes his fair share of mistakes. Jim Hendry, however, has made about three times his fair share. Hendry is the master of signing expensive flops. First, he gave Carlos Zambrano over $18 million per year. He was moved to the bullpen for a short period, and he has also brought down the team with his bad attitude.
Hendry then went after Alfonso Soriano to an eight-year, $136 million deal. He has performed more like a beer league softball player since signing that deal, losing his once-elite speed because of calf injuries. In 2010, he stole five bases (he had 41 swipes in his last year with Washington) and hit 24 home runs (he had 46 just four years ago).
Completing the trifecta of expensive duds, Hendry signed hyped outfielder Kosuke Fukudome. He brought in the Japanese import for the 2008 season, but what he didn't know was $14 million only got you a .257 average and 10 homers.
Not to worry, though, Fukudome was only figuring out Major League pitchers. This assesment turned out to be "correct," as Fukudome reached outstanding heights just two years later: a .006 increase in average and three more home runs. Good job, Hendry.
This photo shows Hendry talking to his latest free-agent target. He's saying, "Hello, Julio Lugo? Yes, five-years, $90 million sounds good to us."