According to the AP, the Rangers have acted sanely to some holes in their line-up. Which is completely unbefitting the off-season deal making that has pervaded the winter meetings. Don't they know Ted Lilly is worth $10 million a year, for four years?
By that logic, a potentially healthy Eric Gagne has to be worth at least $15 million/year, for many, many years.
But the Rangers decided to say "No thanks" to that logic, and instead offered the once unhittable closer just $6 Million dollars. (Remember when that kind of money would make you into a super cool cyborg? I do.) In defiance of the times, they gave Gagne an incentive laden contract that could be worth $11 million, IF HE PERFORMS. That's crazy-talk, Texas. Why, Ted Lilly is worth that much, even when he fails to hit any worthwhile benchmark.
Some folks may be willing to make fun of the Rangers for offering a one-year deal to Kenny Lofton, also worth around $6 million, but then again, the guy did hit over .300 and stole over 30 bases last year, so that sounds like a bargain to me.
Boo, Rangers, for crafting deals that sound positively sane, in the midst of owners of small markets complaining that they never had a chance at overrated players like Alfonso Soriano. We'll just see who goes deeper in the playoffs--the Rangers or the Cubs!