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Manny Acta's Salary: Tied for Last

So the NY Daily News's Bill Madden posted the full list of 2007 MLB skipper salaries yesterday, as part of his argument that managers are underpaid. Stan Kasten would apparently disagree:

And yet at the winter meetings in Orlando last month, Nationals president Stan Kasten was telling anyone who would listen that "the dumbest contract by far this winter was what the Cubs gave (Lou) Piniella."

Which is perhaps why Actavate's name is at the bottom of Madden's list, in a three-way tie with John Gibbons and Bob Geren. Well, at least the D.C. housing market is cooling, right? Madden's list (and thanks to The Red Sox Times):

Joe Torre, NYY $7.5 million
Lou Piniella, CHC $3.5 million
Bobby Cox, ATL $3 million
Tony La Russa, STL $2.8 million
Mike Scioscia, LAA $2 million
Jim Leyland, DET $2 million
Bruce Bochy, SF $1.75 million
Terry Francona, BOS $1.65 million
Phil Garner, HOU $1.5 million
Mike Hargrove, SEA $1.3 million
Ron Gardenhire, MIN $1.25 million
Ozzie Guillen, CHW $1.1 million
Eric Wedge, CLE $1.025 million
Jim Tracy, PIT $1 million
Bob Melvin, ARI $875,000
Buddy Bell, KC $825,000
Ned Yost, MIL $825,000
Clint Hurdle, COL $800,000
Charlie Manuel, PHI $800,000
Willie Randolph, NYM $700,000
Jerry Narron, CIN $600,000
Grady Little, LAD $600,000
Sammy Perlozzo, BAL $600,000
Ron Washington, TEX $600,000
Joe Maddon, TAM $550,000
John Gibbons, TOR $500,000
Manny Acta, WAS $500,000
Bob Geren, OAK $500,000

Also, due to lingering illness I bailed out on the Nats' Caravan's second stop today, at the ESPNZone. Official Nats Beat Writer Barry Svrluga was there, and will tell you all about it tomorrow. In the meantime, here's Tad Cranky's take:

Manny Acta was asked what the Nats rotation was shaping up to be. He responded that the Nats had petitioned the league to only play once a week, so John Patterson could pitch every game. That got a big laugh, even from projected starter Mike O'Connor, sitting next to his manager. I presume they had met before. I decided that it would be detrimental to the festive mood of the Caravan to follow-up that question by pointing out that even if they played weekly, they'd be screwed after week #3, which is when Patterson is projected to go on the DL. In any case, Manny was very entertaining; it's almost like they set out to get a new manager who was the anti-Frank Robinson.
And lastly, while making fun of the guest list for the Nats Caravan over the weekend, Thom Loverro asked how the team had convinced Nook Logan to participate. Answer: his girlfriend, a Georgetown alum, lives in P.G. County, and he likes to spend as much time here as possible.

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 22, 2007; 4:36 PM ET
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Not so fast there: only 28 teams listed, and among the missing those big spenders Florida and Tampa Bay.

Posted by: Don Tuttle | January 24, 2007 3:50 PM | Report abuse

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