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Sunday, November 12, 2006

Little Sarge

There’s been a lot of talk this month about how Gary Matthews Jr. is one of the most-sought after free agents of the winter.

Given the paucity of this year’s free agent pool, I guess I can see that. But look at Matthews’ career and play the old Sesame Street “One of These Things Is Not Like the Other” Game – which year looks to be the most out of line with the rest of his career norms?

I’d be wary about paying him umpteen million dollars expecting him to carry on where he left off in 2006. He had a career year (offensively and defensively), but there’s a big difference between a having a career year and being able to maintain that level of production. Especially if that career year comes when you’re 32…

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