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Mark Mulder asked the Giants for a major-league contract

Dec 17, 2013, 4:40 PM EDT

Mark Mulder

Mark Mulder is 36 years old and hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2008, but that isn’t stopping him from seeking a major-league contract in his comeback attempt.

San Francisco general manager Brian Sabean dropped that tidbit on reporters today while explaining why the Giants haven’t signed Mulder. Basically the Giants contacted Mulder to express interest, he told them he wants a big-league deal, and they said no thanks.

It’s awfully hard to imagine any team committing a 40-man roster spot and guaranteed money to a guy who hasn’t been healthy and effective in the same season since 2005.

  1. db1001 - Dec 17, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    I heard he wanted something like a 10 year 300 million dollar contract.

  2. Charles Gates - Dec 17, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    Mark ‘Fox’ Molder: After all you’ve seen, you can just walk away?
    Agent Scully: I have. I did. It’s done.

    • Charles Gates - Dec 17, 2013 at 4:53 PM

      Damn typo ruining my jokes. Mulder

      • giantsninerswarriors - Dec 17, 2013 at 5:12 PM

        Yeah, It was a typo that ruined your joke…

      • Charles Gates - Dec 17, 2013 at 5:51 PM

        C’mon, it’s an ACTUAL, directly applicable quote from the X Files.

  3. dcfan4life - Dec 17, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    If Mulders serious about a comeback he will accept a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training. Frankly he has no choice really, its the best hes likely to get.

  4. paperlions - Dec 17, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    In fairness, they gave Morse a major league deal and $6M.

    He’ll be 32, can’t play defense, can’t stay healthy, and has played exactly 1.5 years of quality baseball at the ML level. Mulder was worth 1.6 more WAR than Morse last year.

    I’m more surprised that Sabean turned him down.

    • temporarilyexiled - Dec 18, 2013 at 10:40 AM

      Congratulations for successfully trolling me.

      At least I hope that’s what it is.

      If I were to say that Morse would have a season like 2011, would that be any more unlikely than the scenario you put out there? I don’t know what he’ll do, but I believe it could easily go either way, or anything in between.

      How you came up with the WAR comparison, let alone relying on WAR as the singular way to make such a choice is beyond me. So Morse was so bad, that Mulder was that much better five years since pitching and eight years since being Mulder?

      I’m just glad that Bochy talked Sabean into doing something…anything…about left field.

      • paperlions - Dec 18, 2013 at 12:59 PM

        Yeah, I was trolling. Hoped it was obvious that it was a joke.

  5. cardinalcrazy - Dec 17, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    Mulder figured the Giants were willing to give Zito such a ridiculous contract why not him.

  6. straightouttavtown - Dec 17, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    BREAKING NEWS: Oil Can Boyd, Rickey Henderson, and Jose Canseco looking for major league deals as well.

    • cohnjusack - Dec 17, 2013 at 5:37 PM

      Last professional seasons for each:

      Ricky Henderson – 2005 San Diego Surf Dawgs, age 46
      73 games, 5 HR, 29 RBI, 16 for 18 in SB, .270/.456/.403

      Jose Canseco – 2013(!) Forth Worth Cats, age 48
      6 games, 1 HR, 7 RBI, .238/.360/.429

      Oil Can Boyd – 2005 Brockton Rox, age 45 (Yes Oil Can Boyd is younger than Rickey Henderson!)
      16 games, 4 wins, 5 losses, 3.83 ERA, 110 IP

  7. cohnjusack - Dec 17, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    Fun fact:

    From 2006 to 2008, Mark Mulder went 6-10 with a 7.73 ERA, giving up 23 HR in just 106 innings, posting a -3.7 WAR and earning $18.5 million dollars.

    …that takes some pretty big balls to ask for a Major League deal after going out like that 6 years ago.

    • gibbyfan - Dec 17, 2013 at 10:11 PM

      If he really thinks there is anything left in the tank, even bigger balls not to offer his services to the team that handed him that very unearned windfall…..Of course nobody held a gun to their heads –an uncommon mistake by the Cardinals to trade for him and sign him–yea he had a good year or so but was on a down trend when they got him…

      • paperlions - Dec 18, 2013 at 7:23 AM

        The Cardinals would have zero interest in him even for a minor league deal. They don’t need him, why waste the time?

        Really, not that uncommon of a “mistake” for the Jocketty era. The model back then was to trade for guys and sign them to extensions. Relatively few players back then were products of the minor league system.

      • gibbyfan - Dec 18, 2013 at 8:38 AM

        Paper –I doubt any team will have any interest in him–it was meant as sarcasm because the Cards were so burned by that contract—he was having arm issues when they made the deal and if memory serves he was in and out of the A’s rotation—-they wanted Hudson and settled for Mulder…
        It was uncommon for WJ —He made some good deeals for the Cards and this was an uncommon bad one IMO

  8. losangelesfan - Dec 17, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    Old lefty’s never die. Their stats just smell that way.

  9. gbrim - Dec 17, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    Scott Boras is happy. Makes his proposals look less ridiculous in comparison.

  10. missingdiz - Dec 17, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    Mark, try the Twins.

    • zzalapski - Dec 17, 2013 at 6:43 PM

      His K/9 rate in his final season was 10.8, which is probably too high for the Twins.

  11. aphillieated - Dec 17, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    I’m surprised Ruben hasn’t signed him

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