The Houston Astros signed outfielder Darin Erstad to a one-year, $1.75-million contract extension and right-handed pitcher Brian Moehler to a one-year, $2.3-million contract extension on Friday. The one-year extensions for both players are for the 2009 season, and both have additional bonuses. Moehler's deal includes an option for the 2010 season.
I like both of these signings. I know some who post here believe that Moehler's been lucky and has produced better due to good defense and things like that... but I'm a results guy... and Moehler has given us a chance to win in most of his outings... therefore I think he deserved a contract extension(or a new contract, however you want to word it) and I'm glad the Astros got him on the cheap and give him a chance to earn some bonuses.
I like the Erstad signing as well. Erstad has been everything we expected him to be this season and more. He's been a very good defensive player and a good offensive player as well. Yea so he probably can't be a 150+ game starter for us... well, we need good bench players and players who can fill in and produce if a starter gets hurt. That is exactly what Erstad is and has been for the Astros all season. A very good pick up.
I REALLY like contracts that have a low base salary and then give bonuses based on performance. I think EVERY contract should be that way. No way should any player have a base salary of 15-20 million. They should have a lower salary and then the chance to make much more based on results. Unfortunately that will never happen. If you are a good player and can produce, sign a contract with good incentives. Teams should be happy to let a player have a chance to make more based on incentives then they would if they just signed a flat rate contract.
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|2008 - Brian Moehler||9-5||25||20||0||0||0||0||121.2||133||57||54||15||29||66||3.99||1.33|