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Speculation about Willie Randolph entering the 2007 season as a lame-duck manager can now end. While the parties involved never seemed overly concerned, the media – bored, perhaps – had worked itself into a frenzy over the last week, some even speculating that Willie could play out the final year of his contract for $700,000 and take over as Yankees manager when Joe Torre‘s contract expires at the end of the season. Instead, Willie and the Mets have agreed to a three-year deal worth $5.65 million. The Mets have torn up the final year of Randolph’s current deal, and instead will double his salary, paying him $1.4 million for the 2007 season. Willie would then be due to make $2 million in 2008, and $2.25 million in 2009. The Mets hold a $2.5 million option for 2010.

Currently Torre is the richest manager in baseball, making $7.5 in 2007. New Cubs manager Lou Piniella is a distant second, earning $3.5 million. Despite his relatively limited service time, Randolph’s salary in 2007 will move him into the Top 10 among MLB mangers. In addition to Torre and Piniella, only Bobby Cox (ATL), Tony La Russa (STL), Mike Scioscia (LAA), Jim Leyland (DET), Bruce Bochy (SF), Terry Francona (BOS), and Phil Garner (HOU) will earn more than Randolph in ’07.

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