Free-agent Evaluation

June 18, 1995

Enough of the season has been played to pass judgement on some of the major free agent signings. But in some cases,

disaster seemed inevitable from the beginning:

Player, team

Danny Jackson, Cardinals

Comment

He had a terrible medical history anyway, and now it turns out the Cards gave him a three-year, $10.8 million deal when they knew he was facing thyroid cancer surgery? Dumb and dumbest.

Player, team

Kevin Gross, Rangers

Comment

He's being paid $6 million over two years and being dropped from the rotation after starting the year 1-6, 9.89 ERA. But hey, it wasn't like he was ever good enough to merit that sort of money.

Player, team

Gregg Jefferies, Phillies

Comment

Off to a slow start. Teammates want him to start hitting because every time he makes an out, he swears and throws stuff and breaks things, a rather demoralizing production. But he'll eventually come around.

Player, team

Lee Smith, Angels

Comment

They gave him the two-year deal he wanted and, right now, it looks like abrilliant move. Wonder if his walk from the bullpen will get even slower whenhe hits 40.

Player, team

Bill Swift, Rockies

Comment

Less than two months into a three-year contract, Swift is saying that the light air of Colorado is having an affect on his sinkerball, something sinkerballers had been saying for two years. A rather expensive way of testing the impact of altitude.

Player, team

Kevin Brown, Orioles

Comment

One of the bright spots in the Orioles' rather inauspicious start.

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