Thursday, April 1, 2010

Traffic Jam Part II

We've got about 40 games to go and the Traffic is making some news.

The team has been a bit inconsistent since the All-Star break. They went through a bad stretch in division play against Washington and Atlanta, falling far behind the front-running Bandits and leaving the fan base wondering if this team couldn't make the playoffs. After that they won 2 out of 3 from Austin and 3 of 4 from Salt Lake City, but in the middle losing 2 of 3 to bottom dwelling Salem. Finally, they took 2 of 3 from Vancouver to pull into a tie for the last wild-card spot- they now sit a half game back.

The second bit of news is on the impending free-agent front. In what could be deemed a bit of a surprise, the Traffic signed David Dunwoody to a 2-year, $18.5 million extension. General Manager gumbercules has stated the extension doesn't guarantee that Dunwoody would finish his career or even the contract as a member of the Traffic. "We are going to do what's in the best interest of the Trenton Traffic, and right now we think it's to sign David to this extension. That doesn't mean if the right offer comes along, something that made sense for both us and David, we wouldn't cut ties with him. But the extension is a done deal." Trenton appears content to let Dwight Salmon (who quietly is having just as good a season as Dunwoody), Damion Mays, Ignacio Diaz, and Enrique Park go into free-agency. "We've exchanged numbers with the agents for all 4 players and we seem to be fairly far apart", said gumbercules. With Salmon, the key number is not the salary, but the years- Trenton is looking for a 2 year extension similar to the one Dunwoody just signed while Nick Brown, Salmon's agent, is adamant about getting his client a 4-year deal.

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