The 4-year deal (yes we will be paying him next season) was a precursor to trading Scot Shields and a prospect to the Atlanta Braves for Andruw Jones - whoops wait a minute, was that my analysis? Oh dear. And then in the comments, Welch says "no way" in the comments and I say "way" and am actually persuasive about it.
Funny thing - nobody in the comments was upset about this signing, especially relative to the vitriol that Speier managed to "just inspire" among Angels fans.
Read the NOVEMBER 19,2006 Halos Heaven Post.