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Mulder re-signs with Cards

espn.com article here.

ESPN's Peter Gammons reported Wednesday that Mulder will return to the St. Louis Cardinals. The guaranteed deal is for two years and $13 million; if he makes 30 starts in 2007 and 2008, incentives can make the deal worth three years and $45 million.

For a team with the Cardinals' budget, I can see that as a reasonable gamble...sort of.  Pitchers with torn labrums have a much, much spottier record of return to success, than say, pitchers with a torn elbow ligament or a broken bone or something.  There's a pretty good chance that Mulder is just not going to be effective any more.  On the other hand, you know what the upside here is--Mulder was a great pitcher when healthy.

Putting aside what exactly the budget situation is right now (especially considering that we don't know the exact budget situation--the Twins could be sitting on a small bit of money thinking that it might be better spent at the trading deadline or something), a 2 year/$13M commitment to Mulder seems like it would've been a pretty reasonable deal for both sides.  On the other hand, it gets to be pretty difficult to fit Mulder in the budget if he gets all the way up to $45M/3yr--indeed, he'd be the highest paid player on the team.

I was holding out a stupid hope that maybe the Twins could snag Mulder at a discount rate, but I was mostly deluding myself.  This is a better deal for Mulder than the Twins could have or should have offered.

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