If accurate, reports that Pudge Rodriguez is closing in on a $40M deal with the Tigers show one or more of several things:
1) The Tigers owners are morons, overbidding against noone (see Hicks, Tom)
2) Scott Boras is a mad genius, able to extract blood from a rock.
3) Accusations of collusion may be overrated
The Tigers are clearly counting that Pudge is the guy who can bring Maroth, Cornejo, et. al into prime time. But, if he ends up advising them from the DL (reasonable expectation), and they can’t insure the contract (which, for an aging catcher has got to be difficult to do) then this goes down as one ridiculous signing, another example of very poor risk management.