Look at these two Rotoworld stories:

1) Reds agreed to terms with outfielder Austin Kearns on a one-year, $1.85 million contract.

2) Orioles agreed to terms with outfielder Corey Patterson on a one-year, $2.8 million contract.

What the heck is that? Both Outfielders played like garbage last year, but how can the Orioles not tell Corey to shut up and take a pay cut? Are they that fearful of an arbitrator? What case does Patterson really have?

2005 Numbers (avg / obp / hr / rbi)
Kearns: .240 / .333 / 18 / 67

Patterson’s numbers were: .215 / .254 / 13 / 34

Corey Patterson is stealing every bit of that 2.8 million and Kearns, who I think is due for a BIG year will be severely underpaid in 2006.

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Joe Aiello is the founder of View From the Bleachers and one of the lead writers as well as host of VFTB Radio. Growing up in Chicago, he fondly remembers attending games in the bleachers before that was the popular thing to do. Currently Joe resides in North Carolina with his wife and three kids. Connect with Joe via Twitter / Facebook / E-mail