Argentine playmaker Guillermo Barros Schelotto
will return for another season with the Columbus Crew and could be the team's first designated player, reports Shawn
, quoting "a source close to both Schelotto and the team."
Mitchell writes that team owner Hunt Sports Group is willing to make the 35-year-old league MVP a designated
player, "which it might have to do to pay him the approximately $600,000 salary his 2009 contract option calls for." Although Schelotto said Sunday that HSG did not want to make him a designated
player, both investor-operator Clark Hunt
and GM Mark McCullers
said it's one of two options the team will present Schelotto Wednesday. His contract option must be
exercised by Sunday.
"We're not yet at the point of determining which path we'll go down, but I'm confident [Schelotto] will be back," said McCullers. Hunt said that "when you have a
championship team, the key is keeping that team together."
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