Shrewd move, Dave
After watching Carlos Guillen play on a daily basis for over a year now, there is no question in my mind that he has been the Tigers MVP. With another hit today, he stretched his hitting streak to 12 straight games. It appears that a change of scenery has turned Guillen into a perennial all star. After playng in the shadow of a lot of big name players in Seattle, he has become one of the leaders of a Tigers organization on the rise.
Credit the sharp insight of President and General Manager Dave Dombrowski for signing Guillen to a three year contract extension last June before Guillen could test the free agent market. And, while it’s true that his injury at the end of last year may have dulled his value a bit, he certainly would have commanded more that the three year, $14 million contract he inked. A relative bargain by today’s standards. Guillen’s numbers match up with many of todays big time shortstops who earn considerably more greenbacks. The following numbers are from the start of the 2004 season through May 14th of this season:
2005 salary Average RBI On Base %
Guillen $4,000,000 .328 107 .390
Jeter $19,600,000 .297 95 .366
Nomar $8,250,000 .279 41 .338
Renteria $8,000,000 .279 83 .322
Cabrera $6,000,000 .259 73 .306
Salaries are courtesy of USA Today.
If Carlos can stay healthy the next month, Tigers fans will no doubt have the chance to see him in the All Star game sporting a home Tigers uniform. Great sign, great bargain, outstanding player.