Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Big Extension for Timlin

2/3 of an inning, 6 hits, 4 runs. Quality relief work from Timlin.

In related news, Theo Epstein announced after the game that he had signed Timlin to a Tim Wakefield-like contract that will keep Timlin in Boston for many years to come. The deal was worth $9 million per year and is a club/player option each year. “Mike has become a Boston staple since he joined the club in 2003, performing nearly perfectly in each April since then.” When pressed on Timlin’s recent struggles, Epstein again pointed to how strong Timlin had been in April. “This guy is a workhorse. His ERA was really low in April. And no, he hasn’t pitched that great recently, but at least he’s been consistent. And he’s still relatively young compared to guys like Phil Neikro, Charlie Hough, and Nolan Ryan. Those guys were pitching until they were almost 50! And look at Julio Franco. I think he’s older than my dad! I think Timlin can make the Hall of Fame if he pitches 10 more seasons in Boston and far be it for me to deny him that opportunity. And this deal is only worth $9 million per year. That may seem like a lot now, but think about how much of a bargain it’ll be in 2015!” Local media members were speechless.

Epstein also announced that there would be upcoming announcements for the extensions of Julian Tavarez, Coco Crisp, and Josh Beckett. When it was mentioned that Crisp and Beckett had already been extended and Tavarez was already signed beyond this year, Epstein said that he just wanted to lock them up so they were still on this team when they finally became good players again. He also mentioned that the club had released Dustin Pedroia after he struggled in the big leagues and they had resigned Craig Grebeck. “I really feel like we need the veteran presence in the clubhouse and Craig provides that. Plus, I love his mullet. Dustin just hadn’t proved anything to me and I think I gave him enough time.”

*This is a joke, people.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Also, in a related ordeal, the Yanks signed Pedroia last night and he went 5-5 with 8 RBI’s and 3 steals.