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January 21, 2009 at 9:00 am ET
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Time For Garrett To Go Bye-Bye

To be confused with Johnny Canuck?As you’ve likely heard by now, Garrett Atkins is prepared to go to arbitration with the Colorado Rockies based upon their $1.3 million difference in salaries submitted on Tuesday.

That’s the headline, but the real story, and the reason I’m ready to sever ties immediately, comes from this excerpt in Jack Etkin’s article in the Rocky Mountain News.

Jeff Blank, the agent for Atkins, said they were expecting a midpoint slightly below the $7.4 million contract Minnesota first baseman Justin Morneau agreed to on the day salary figures were exchanged last year.

Morneau later signed a six-year, $80 million contract.

“We feel pretty strongly based on Garrett’s career numbers and everything, he was above Morneau, but we were shooting for a midpoint just a little bit below Morneau just to be safe,” Blank said.

I assume Blank made that statement with a straight face as the article did not state otherwise.

This pretty much explains why the Rockies have been unsuccessful in signing Atkins to multi-year deal.テつ Read it again…

“We feel pretty strongly based on Garrett’s career numbers and everything, he was above Morneau, but we were shooting for a midpoint just a little bit below Morneau just to be safe.”

Good call, Jeff.テつ Best to play it safe there and shoot a little low.テつ Perhaps Dan O’Dowd should even call up to Minnesota to see if that Atkins-for-Morneau deal is still on the table.

Indeed it is the job of the agent to promote his client in order to make him the most money possible, but placing Atkins in a class with a perennial MVP candidate, such as Morneau, is compromising your credibility as an agent.テつ There’s just no piece of evidence or statistic to back that claim up.

Of course there was a time when I made the statement that Atkins and David Wright would be comparable players, and that if they traded markets, Atkins would have all the fame and glory while Wright was an afterthought.テつ Barring something miraculous occurring in the next couple of seasons, that may turn out to be the most absurd statement I ever make.

But the bottom line to all this nonsense is that Atkins has no future in Colorado.テつ That’s not even a debatable issue anymore, that’s 100% fact.テつ Best just trade him now, while the tradin’s good… or at least before Jeff Blank tries convincing an arbitor that he’s representing Albert Pujols.

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