Friday, December 16, 2005

So long. Farewell. Auf Wiederschauen. Goodbye

ST. LOUIS -- Braden Looper and the Cardinals agreed Thursday to a $13.5 million, three-year contract, giving St. Louis another newcomer in the bullpen.

Looper had 28 saves in 36 chances with a 3.94 ERA for the New York Mets last season, but will be a setup man for closer Jason Isringhausen with the Cardinals. The 31-year-old right-hander fills a slot held the past two seasons by Julian Tavarez, who became a free agent.

Looper's deal calls for salaries of $3.5 million in 2006, $4.5 million in 2007 and $5.5 million in 2008. He can earn $1 million annually in performance bonuses, some of them based on games finished in case he becomes the closer.
Hehehehe. Suckers.

Maybe away from the bright lights of New York, and in a set-up rather than closer role, Loopey (intentional sic) will do all right. But over $4 million per year for the guy?

Looks like someone else will be winning the NL Central this year.


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