Devil Rays - Signed Baldelli
Tampa Bay Devil Rays - Signed OF Rocco Baldelli to a 6-year contract potentially worth $33 million.
At first glance, this looks like a terrible idea, but it becomes much less so when you realize that the contract only reaches that number thanks to some reportedly large playing time incentives and half the contract being option years. Kind of like the big deal that Rolen spurned from the Phillies that the team trumpeted as this massive, awesome, offer but had about enough guaranteed to get Rolen 2 Meatnormous Omelet Sandwiches and some Twizzlers.
That being said, it’s still not a great deal. Baldelli, though very young, was a rather average player in his first two years and doesn’t have the physical tools and hence, the upside, of Carl Crawford, who signed a similar deal. Plus, the Devil Rays have some talented outfielders in the minors that could make Baldelli irrelevant in the near future. But on the other hand, he seems popular in Tampa and it won’t hurt the Rays to throw a bone to the 18 die-hard fans of the team, so I’ll chicken out and put my thumb in the middle.
2006 ZiPS Projection - Rocco Baldelli
AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB BA OBP SLG
622 96 182 26 5 18 87 36 114 21 .293 .337 .437
Posted: November 09, 2005 at 05:28 PM | 13 comment(s)
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