Let's see if I get my math right:
Matt Wise, extremely underrated set-up guy
+ 2 year contract, keeps him cheap for 07 without committing too far into the future
+ $1.7 million, what Braden Looper will make before the ASB this year
= Another killer Doug Melvin deal.
Wise, 30, was 4-4 with a 3.36 ERA in 49 appearances last season as one of two primary setup men for closer Derrick Turnbow. A changeup specialist, Wise ranked second in the Majors with a .160 opponents' batting average.
"He's a hard worker and we feel that he can succeed in a number of roles for us -- whether that's as a setup guy or a sixth- or seventh-inning guy who can give you more than one inning," general manager Doug Melvin said. "He's flexible that way."
Now, if Melvin comes up with a 3-year deal for Tomo Ohka under $20 million, I'll be spearheading the nomination for sainthood.