Lind will earn $500K in 2010, then $5MM each year from 2011-2013.
The 2014 option is worth $7MM
with a $2MM buyout, The 2015 option is worth $7.5MM with a $1MM buyout,
and The 2016 option is worth $18MM with a $500K buyout
I count $38m.
I'm surprised by the low amounts of the club options. I guess it's DH pricing.
So my first thought is - Adam Lind might need a new agent.
I think Lind made the absolute right decision in signing this contract. If he maintains this level would he receive more in a few years than the options will give him? Of course.
But that's an "if." It's cute to have faith in your abilities, but bad things happen. This is a chance to take care of his family and saying no to a guarenteed 18 million dollars, because you might have to give a discount on your first 3 years of free agency should be insignificant.
I am thrilled about this contract, now hopefully Snider has a big season and the Jays lock him down.
$6 million today should be at least $8 million in four years simply accounting for inflation.
Cost certainty can be good too. I don't think Jays fans mind some extra guaranteed money to have FA years as options.
Other good news, Korea appears to be off the MLB blackout list. China, Indonesia and the Phillipines are now screwed over though by being subject to it.
He should easily maintain an OBP over 350.
You mean despite an OBP of .329 in his 2000 PAs?
Anybody knows why Jesus Merchan was playing until the very last game?
I would like to see an Overbay/Bautista platoon leading off. Wells has never been very patient and getting on base is not his strong suit. He's only ever had two full seasons with an OBP over .350 and both of those were heavily batting average-driven. If Wells were to put up a .350 OBP this year, it'd likely be in a line of .300/.350/.500 in which case you'd much rather have him hitting 4th or 5th. While Overbay isn't a prototypical leadoff guy (lousy speed; he doesn't steal bases) he's the best high-OBP option the Jays have against righties. His career OBP vs. RHP is a very impressive .380.
I suppose I should be less surprised if Bautista pulls a Scutaro than I was at Scutaro pulling a Scutaro. Jose will turn 30 this year, so isn't as old as Marco was. Jose had a nice age-24 season at AA and a nice stint at AAA as a 25 year old. He's been a little slow to develop in spot duty as a pro - hasn't had 500 PA season.
And while I don't hold out high hopes for Bautista, I do acknowledge that Cito, in spite of his shortcomings, does seem to have a good eye for hitting talent.