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Thursday, January 25, 2007

What a Country!

So it's been announced that the Astros have avoided arbitration with Adam Everett and Jason Lane by giving both significant raises. Everett, the best defensive shortstop in the majors, was deserving of such a raise.

Jason Lane? Not so much. After a ridiculously bad season in which he "hit" only .201 and had to be demoted to AAA, Jason's salary was more than doubled, from $450,000 to $1.05 million (plus incentives). Just call him Yakov:

"What a Country!"

Conspicuously absent in this list is Morgan Ensberg, who is also off a lousy season and who has spent most of the offseason in the "Trade Bait" list; Mo and the Astros have still not agreed on a contract.