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The Rockies sign Jay Payton, Paul Lo Duca

Jan 21, 2010, 9:31 AM EDT

If you looked washed up when you left baseball in 2008 and are now trying to make a comeback, the Rockies are your huckleberry:

The Rockies signed Payton, who didn’t play in the Majors in 2009, to a
Minor League contract with an invitation to Major League Spring
Training, Rockies player development director Marc Gustafson announced
Wednesday.

Gustafson also said the Rockies completed work on a Minor
League deal with catcher Paul Lo Duca, a former All-Star who also
didn’t play in 2009.

When asked about how they’d pay these two, Mr. Gustafson announced that there was plenty of money sitting in the team’s Lehman Brothers account.

Meanwhile, former Rockies outfielder and fellow 2008-idler Preston Wilson sits in a dark room somewhere wondering why he’s chopped liver all of a sudden.

  1. Old Gator - Jan 21, 2010 at 9:58 AM

    I don’t know what Preston Wilson’s problem is. For some odd reason, he reminds me of another ballplayer with his build, stance and career trajectory. Anyone remember John Milner? His first few years with the Mutts, he could hit a ball as far as just about anyone except Dave Kingman, although I once saw him crush, and I do mean crush, a drive off the upper third of the scoreboard at Shea Stadium. And again, crushged. I’m amazed the goddamned ball didn’t turn into a diamond when he hit it. I have no doubt that if that stupid scoreboard didn’t get in the way, that ball would have traveled further than Mickey Mantle’s famous shot out of the Senators’ ballpark in Washington and Thomas Pynchon would have included it in a revised edition of Gravity’s Rainbow. A screaming comes across the sky, indeed. It was certainly hit harder and potentially further than Kingman’s legendary shot that cleared the stadium proper between the left field mezzanine and the scoreboard and hit a bus in the parking lot.
    So let Milner sleep, for when he wakens the world will tremble. Sounds like the stage is set for The Unnatural.

  2. Old Gator - Jan 21, 2010 at 10:00 AM

    Heh, sorry bout that. We need an edit feature, Craig.
    I mean let Wilson sleep. Milner would require the kiss of a handsome prince at this point, and I ain’t gonna do it. It’s almost mating season down at the pond anyway.

  3. Moses Green - Jan 21, 2010 at 11:27 AM

    Hee hee – Gator.
    Ray Durham should be a Rockie any minute now.

  4. Will - Jan 21, 2010 at 11:42 AM

    Now Tracy Ringolsby’s reporting that the Rockies want Eric Gagne. I’m of mixed feelings about this. Gagne seemed to be on a pretty steep slide when he left the bigs, but he says he’s open to playing in AAA, which means I’d get to see him play for the Sky Sox, which would be interesting — they play 1000 feet higher than Coors Field, and there’s no humidor.

  5. Moses Green - Jan 21, 2010 at 11:45 AM

    If he’s not open to AAA then he better be open to the indy leagues.

  6. kirk - Jan 21, 2010 at 1:39 PM

    Met Fan Note to Rockies Fans: Good Luck with LoDuca! The New York Post has an entire archive portfolio of his exploits off the field. Good Reading. Hopefully he can now focus on the game. Glad to hear he got a MINOR league deal only.

  7. SabeanIsAnIdiot - Jan 21, 2010 at 5:13 PM

    Yet somehow, the Rockies find a way to be competitive at the end of the year. The past 2 years, they keep coming out of nowhere. But I guess that says a lot more about NLWest than the Rockies.

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