gammon [1, Noun] : chiefly British : HAM
gammon [5, Noun] : talk intended to deceive [Merriam-Webster's Online]
The Phillies re-signed 30-year-old catcher Mike Lieberthal to three-year, $22.25 million deal (with an option for a fourth year). Lieberthal is a good catcher but has had three healthy seasons as a starting catcher, including this one though it's not yet complete, in his nine-year career. One has to wonder how healthy he will remain of the course of the next three to four years.
That said, $7.42 million per season is a lot to pay for an oft-injured catcher given baseball's current market, in which Peter Gammons theorizes that even Jim Thome will "be fortunate to top $12 million -- and he comes with stats and character." Could it be that Gammons is overstating the chaotic state of MLB?