Transaction Analysis

Angels re-sign Gary DiSarcina for 1 year, $320,000

Is that legal?  Isn't the minimum salary in baseball higher than 320 grand?  How did DiSarcina, once touted as an up-and-coming star at shortstop, end up making less than his own team's back-up catcher?  Well, the answer to that is that in each of the past five years he has either been A) really bad, or B) injured for a majority of the campaign.  I mean, his highest OPS in that span (not including his 38-at-bat effort last season) is .706, and now he's on the wrong side of his prime (he turned 33 in November).  But for only $320,000, and with the equally ineffective Benji Gil as the only alternative, the Angels didn't have much of a decision.  Well, they could have gone after A-Rod, because hey, what's $20 million a year to Disney?

Triple Steal rating: Double

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TripleSteal Rating Scale:
Grand Slam - A can't miss move; automatically makes the team considerably better.
Home Run -
A great move; will help the team now and down the road.
Triple -
A good move; plugs a temporary hole or will help in the future.
Double -
An average move; team will get what they paid for.
Single -
A head-scratcher; could help, but we definitely don't see how.
Out -
A panic move; tells fans "hey, we're trying..."
Double Play -
A disaster; will make fans angry just thinking about it.

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