"Hmm, $66 mil donut or $107 mil donut?WFAN gave me a wonderful gift this morning.   I dared to turn the dial to 660-AM and what to my wondering ears did appear but not Craig Carton.   The Sophomoric Sandpaper was not working today so I could actually listen.   While I was actually listening I heard an interesting sports-related fact, something that doesn't often happen when Carton is on the air.   Substitute co-host Evan Roberts informed me that St. Louis Cardinals LF Matt Holliday, signed to a 7 year $120 million contract (with a club option for an 8th year at $17 million or a $1 million buyout) this past off-season, has driven in Albert Pujols a mere 4 times this season.   That's a lot of dollars for a lot of donuts on the scoreboard.Overall Holliday's offensive stats look like this:YearAgeTmLgGPAABRH2B3BHRRBISBCSBBSOBAOBPSLGOPSOPS+TBGDPHBPSHSFIBB
201030STLNL622652363669180625612638.292.370.445.81511810563003
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original TableGenerated 6/15/2010.Mets fans were torn during the off season, some not wanting the team to spend significant dollars on the OF at all, but those who did wish the team to do so split between wanting Holliday and wanting Jason Bay.   The Mets ultimately signed LF Bay to a 4 year $66 million contract (with a club option for a 5th year at $17 million or a $3 million buyout).Bay's offensive stats look like this:YearAgeTmLgGPAABRH2B3BHRRBISBCSBBSOBAOBPSLGOPSOPS+TBGDPHBPSHSFIBB
201031NYMNL622672323966154425802959.284.371.435.80611610134022
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original TableGenerated 6/15/2010.Both of these free agent signings' performance could be fairly described as underwhelming, and there is a lot of contract left to go for both players so while no grand conclusions can be drawn the very early returns suggest the Mets got the better deal, especially considering that they are not faced with the prospect of re-signing Albert Pujols when his contract expires after 2011.   In fact, if Ike Davis doesn't pan out, the money the Mets saved by signing Bay instead of Holliday might be used toward wooing Pujols east.