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— A Timely Look at Transactions as They Happen
Thursday, December 07, 2006
A’s - Signed Piazza, Embree
Oakland A’s - Signed P Alan Embree to a 2-year contract; signed C Mike Piazza to a 1-year contract.
The “C” before Piazza is just an honorary title as he’ll be the starting DH for the A’s in 2007. The contract is reported to be somewhere between 8 and 9 million, so we’ll just call it $8.5 million. The A’s have looked at several possibilities for a veteran one-year DH - they also were rumored to be negotiating with Floyd and Bonds. I’d personally rather have Bonds, but he’s probably asking a lot more for a 1-year deal and Piazza’s probably going to hit better than Floyd. Thumbs up here as the A’s don’t have an obviously preferable alternative.
It’s a bit harder to get excited with Alan Embree at $5.5 million (total, not per annum). A this point of his career, Embree’s simply a generic LOOGY and I don’t think the A’s really need to be paying market value for that. Embree did do a good job for the Padres, however, and the team will miss him because of their complete lack of lefty relievers.
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