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Thursday, May 7, 2009
Matthews healthier, happier ... and better?

You have to lose cause-and-effect. The made-up kind, I mean. Mike DiGiovanna on Gary Matthews' comeback: If he's feeling good, I'm happy for him. Honestly.

Is it churlish, though, to point out that Matthews's .270/.314/.349 is even worse than last year's .242/.319/.357? Is it overly negative to mention that Matthews is making $10 million this season, and that the Angels are on the hook for another $23 million over the next two seasons? Is it terribly crass to suggest that Matthews' contract looked ridiculous when he signed it, still looks ridiculous, and might wind up being one of the silliest deals ever?

Perhaps. Maybe the knee's feeling better and the performance will follow, eventually. But it's way, way, way too early to start throwing MVP parties and talking about the wonderful benefits of the medical profession.

(H/T: BTF's Newsstand)