Baseball's silly season

Gary Matthews Jr.? Juan Pierre? Danys Baez? Jonah Keri says this offseason is just the latest example of baseball teams spending their money in crazy ways.

Updated: December 6, 2006, 2:40 PM ET
By Jonah Keri | Special to Page 2

"It's the end of the world as we know it (and I feel fine)." – REM

"Won't somebody please think of the children!" – Helen Lovejoy

Baseball's owners and general managers apparently have lost their minds. No. 3 starters are going for $10 million and up. A hitter with less power than the average grandma gets a five-year contract. Hey look, a 35-year-old backup catcher with a .225 career batting average – let's build him a lakeside mansion.

"Some of these contracts have ...

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