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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Marlins - Signed Buck

Florida Marlins - Signed C John Buck to a 3-year, $6 million contract.

For the prices, what’s not to like?  Buck’s an average-ish catcher with pop but is ordinary defensively and makes too many outs but for $2 million a year, you can’t expect to get…WHAT?!  That’s $6 million per season for John Buck?  A 3-year, $18 million for friggin’ John Buck?

I think I liked the Marlins better when they refused to spend any money.  Did Jeff Loria get access to TARP funds?  Or is he working for the Pentagon?  I’d rather spend $10,000 for a toilet than $18,000,000 for John Buck.

Hey, Marlins, for $5 million, I’d defecate in your mailbox, which would still leave $13 million, more than enough to get a better catcher than John Buck.

This makes less sense than the plotting of the Star Wars prequels.  I think I buy Hayden Christensen’s turmoil in Revenge of the Sith more than this being a good signing.  I’d rather spend 3 years listening to Jar-Jar Binks and an elementary school orchestra doing ska versions of death metal on endless loop than spend 3 years having John Buck play for my team with that contract.

ZiPS Projection - John Buck (C)
          AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB   BA OBP SLG OPS+  DEF
2011       350 42 88 20   1 14   55 24 97   0 .251 .305 .434   92   -4
2012       333 39 83 20   1 13   52 23 93   0 .249 .304 .432   91   -5
2013       327 37 81 20   1 12   49 22 87   0 .248 .302 .425   89   -5
Top Near-Age Offensive Comps:  Floyd Rayford, Jason LaRue, Pat Borders



Dan Szymborski Posted: November 16, 2010 at 10:14 PM | 10 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. DL from MN Posted: November 16, 2010 at 10:42 PM (#3691457)
I have a feeling $$/win is sliding upward again this offseason. By the end of the contract we might be at $5M per marginal win. The Marlins are about to open their new stadium and will be seeing the new stadium bump appear this year as season ticket holders buy in 2011 to get priority in 2012. In other words, this should be a very active offseason for the Marlins. They could have $40M to spend.
   2. Dr. Vaux Posted: November 16, 2010 at 11:02 PM (#3691483)
Then why are they about to trade Dan Uggla for next to nothing?
   3. DL from MN Posted: November 16, 2010 at 11:14 PM (#3691504)
Because they're thieving bastards
   4. zenbitz Posted: November 17, 2010 at 03:58 AM (#3691728)
Weren't those Pentagon $10,000 toilets hiding money for black ops etc.
   5. RJ in TO Posted: November 17, 2010 at 04:37 AM (#3691752)
If it's toilets, then it was probably for brown ops.
   6. Meramec Posted: November 17, 2010 at 05:35 AM (#3691794)
THE Floyd Rayford?
   7. Ron J Posted: November 17, 2010 at 08:02 AM (#3691813)
#4 No. Just a function of the way the contracts for supplying extras were written (plus the law of unintended consequences). Basically "cost plus" for things that the vendor really weren't in the business of supplying. Where the "plus" is a fixed amount that makes sense in terms of major procurement. Not so much for a toilet or a hammer.

There were (and still are) administrative controls that made it weirdly difficult to procure cheap but needed items. And it was fairly simple to ask a vendor to supply an extra under the terms of an existing contract. (which is where the unintended consequences comes in)
   8. Johnny Tuttle Posted: November 17, 2010 at 10:42 AM (#3691823)
Um, where they signed him before the winter meetings and arb deadlines, does this mean they let the Jays off the hook for the arb offer? I mean, couldn't they have at least waited to see whether the Jays would offer him arb or whatnot. I don't know his Elias standing, but really, this could be even worse.

I think Buck would have waited for his $18 million. This offer was likely $6-8 more than his next highest, right?
   9. Greg K Posted: November 17, 2010 at 10:48 AM (#3691825)
Maybe they were frightened by all the Buck to the Red Sox talk.

Either way, huzzah for the Jays! Is this the first sandwich pick confirmed for the year?
   10. Johnny Tuttle Posted: November 17, 2010 at 09:57 PM (#3692335)
Oh, I forgot this earlier. Remember, as always, that the selfish murderer of Montreal baseball, Jeff Loria, is a royal something something (insert favourite swearies here).

F'n Loria.

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