skatingtripods wrote: how anybody can argue that he's too expensive, based on market value, is laughable.
Laughable is your manipulation of stats.
Take Jason Bay in your example (which he is not a good comparison by the way but the one with Cuddyer is)
Jason Bay's career numbers only fall down to where Willingham's are, due to injuries he suffered the last 2 seasons. It has nothing to do with his talent level. Jason Bay when healthy and in his prime was/is 3x the player Willingham is. Before these last 2 seasons his all around numbers were light years better than Willingham. The Mets paid him the contract he got because he had a proven track record of being an All Star and having Above Average offensive output and pretty good defense. They were paying him as a marque free agent as he should have been paid like one.
Willingham is only possibly getting that much due to supply and demand, that doesn't make it right nor does it mean he should get it. Willingham does not have a track record that indicates he should get that much money, but its free agency so teams will overpay which is part of the game. That being said I do see your point when compared to Cuddyer, it is ridiculous that Cuddyer is more sought after than Willingham when Willingham has had better career numbers. However it is scouts and GM's that are making that assumption so maybe they know or see something about Cuddyer that doesn't show up in the stats column that makes him more valuable than Willingham.
Also I don't doubt that he would help this team, just not on a 3 year deal for a team that constantly bitches about having to have financial flexibility or always points out their bad contracts as excuses when not being able to make moves or to have the ability to resign people. I would prob sign Willingham as I stated before on a one year deal. I desperately want this team to improve but they need to do it without screwing themselves even more for the future.