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What's wrong with Major League Baseball

Posted at 10:45 AM on July 23, 2007 by Steve Rudolph

Before the season, Kansas City paid more for journeyman pitcher Gil Meche than the state of Minnesota did for the Metrodome. Yes, the same Gil Meche that was 11-8 last year with a 4.48 ERA received a guaranteed $55 million contract from the Royals.

So when I read uber-agent Scott Boras is preparing to market Kyle Lohse as the next Gil Meche, it made me wonder if baseball’s current glory days will soon come to an end.

Kyle Lohse is currently 5-12 for the Reds, but a pitcher doesn’t need to get batters out or wins games to get paid these days. New ballparks, increased attendance, strong ratings and big TV and satellite radio deals have made teams flush with cash and once again willing to throw good money at mediocre talent.

Lohse is 59-74 in his career, has never won more than 14 games in six seasons, infuriated Ron Gardenhire with his attitude and now stands to make close to $10 million a year because he’s under 30, is durable and shows some flashes of brilliance a couple times a season.

If clubs continue to reward the Kyle Lohses of the world with big contracts, it's even less likely the fiscally responsible Twins will retain their top talent once they become free agents.

If someone has some good news about the Twins future, please share it with me. There's still a lot of baseball left to play this season and I want to be excited about watching games again.

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