I Do Not Believe What I Just Read

mlb_a_schmidt_300.jpgBill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times took a peek into the lawsuit that the Dodgers just filed against the insurance company refusing to pay out for Jason Schmidt (hey, remember him?) and came up with some pretty damning information: the Dodgers knew he was hurt when they signed him.

The Dodgers knew Jason Schmidt had a rotator cuff injury when they signed him to a contract worth a guaranteed $47 million, the club acknowledged in a court filing this week.

The Dodgers filed suit against the company that insured Schmidt’s contract, alleging failure to pay $9.27 million in claims. In the suit, filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, the Dodgers argue the torn labrum that required surgery and limited Schmidt to six games over two years was unrelated to the rotator cuff injury and thus covered by insurance.

Granted, a rotator cuff injury and a labrum tear are not the same thing and should not be treated as such. But I’m not sure what’s worse – the utter stupidty of giving nearly $50 million to a 34-year-old pitcher who already had one season cut short in 2000 by surgery on his rotator cuff and labrum and who you already know has a rotator cuff injury… or lying about it?

USA Today, June 21, 2007:

Colletti insisted there was no sign of any damage when the Dodgers inspected Schmidt in the offseason before making their contract offer.

“No sign of any damage”, you say. Except for, you know, the signs of damage you just admitted to in a court filing.

This is just unbelievable. As I’ve said many times, I hate it when 90% of these posts turn out negative, and I fully understand that every GM, no matter how good or bad, is always going to have some deals that just don’t work out that well. It happens. I get it. But to give that kind of money to a pitcher when you know that he’s hurt – well, just because it wasn’t precisely that injury that made his arm give out doesn’t make it right. That’s not stupidity, that’s negligence.  

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