Thursday, January 17, 2008

Around the League

In the past week or so, I have not been posting regularly so I have most likely missed a lot of signings and information that has happened during that time span. This post is here to make it up and take a look at what has happened recently...

  • The Atlanta Braves traded 3B Willy Aybar and IF Chase Fontaine to the Tampa Bay Rays for LHP Jeff Ridgway... from what I can gather, Fontaine was a pretty good prospect, more on this deal later..
  • The Texas Rangers signed SP Jason Jennings for 1 year, worth a reported $4 million, plus incentives.
  • The Florida Marlins signed SP Mark Hendrickson for 1 year, worth a reported $1.5 million.
  • The Detroit Tigers signed SP Nate Robertson to a 3-year contract extension worth $21.25 million; the deal buys out his first year of free agency.
  • The Chicago Cubs signed SP Jon Lieber to a 1-year contract worth $3.5 million in guarantees; the deal does include performance bonuses for games started and innings pitched.
  • The Oakland Athletics traded OF Mark Kotsay to the Atlanta Braves for pitchers Joey Devine and Jamie Richmond.
  • The Oakland Athletics signed OF Emil Brown to a 1-year contract; financial terms of the deal have not yet been disclosed.
  • The Texas Rangers signed RP Eddie Guardado for 1 year, worth a reported $2 million base salary and another $4M in performance bonuses.

Out of the eight deals, I think the Mets should have gone after Eddie Guaradado and Jason Jennings. They are both coming off injury riddled years, but each deal could turn out to be huge bargains for the Texas Rangers...