Bar has been set, so let the spending begin

Adam Eaton, the pride of Snohomish, Wash., made a lot of people happy when he agreed to terms with the Philadelphia Phillies this week. And this was before he passed his physical exam.

When Eaton signed off on a three-year, $24.5 million deal with an option for a fourth year, his fellow pitchers and their agents rejoiced. The corresponding response, naturally, was a negative one from executives who viewed it as a springboard to fiscal insanity.

"He's a latter-day Kris Benson," an American League executive said, "except that he's not healthy and he doesn't have Kris Benson's track record."