Around the MLB: Key Signings

Adrian Beltre- Texas Rangers

According to Sports Illustrated Insider Jon Heyman, the Texas Rangers have come to terms with FA 3B Adrian Beltre, for a 6 year, $96 million deal. Beltre hit .321 with 28 homers and 102 rbi’s last season with the Boston Redsox. Beltre will be 32 years old in April.

Lasy year was a career year for Beltre. The only year better than 2010, was 2004, in the last year of his contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers. In 2004 Beltre hit .334 with 48 homers and 121 rbi’s. Yet after signing a five year contract with Seatle, Beltre his just .255 with 19 homers and 87 RBI’s.

He is only a career .275 hitter, who averages 89 RBI’s per 162 games played, and 25 homers.

… I think this is a foolish deal, not only are they overpaying him with $16 million per season, but they gave him SIX YEARS! Beltre will be 38 in the final year of his contract..I dont want to pay him 16 million dollars in 2017 when he is just an old DH…
…I think this move was made of ergency by Rangers General Manager Jon McDaniels. After losing out on the Cliff Lee sweepstakes, he still wanted to make a splash in the offseason, and he let Scott Boras convince him into thinking that 6 years for 96 million was a good deal…

Dan Uggla- Atlanta Braves
According to an ESPN report, “The Atlanta Braves have reached an agreement with 2B Dan Uggla on 5-year contract extension worth $62 million.”

Uggla was aquired by the Braves in November in a trade with the Florida Marlins, when the braves sent their middle infielder Omar Infante in exchange for Uggla. The Marlins tried to work out extension talks with Uggla before trading him, but Uggla would not agree to a deal, so as he was a FA at the end of the 2011 season they decided to ship him off now, rather than wait until next season and lose him to free agency. Uggla will be 31 in April.

Last season with the Marlins, he hit .287 with 33 homers and 105RBI’s. This deal means the Braves have Uggla locked up until 2017, in which he will be 37 years old.

…I like this deal better than the Beltre deal, but I do not believe that Uggla will be able to continue playing second base for the remainder of his contract. Throughout his time as a Major Leaguerer he has always had limited range, and as the years tack on, it will only shrink…

Carlos Gonzalez- Rockies

The Colorado Rockies have announced that they have agreed to a contract extension with Carlos Gonzalez. The deal is for 7 years and somewhere around $80 million.

In his first full season of his Major League career, Gonzalez hit 34 homers and hit .336. He made a late triple crown run and finished third in the National League MVP voting.

According to MLBTR, “The deal would keep Gonzalez in the Rockies’ lineup through 2017. He and Troy Tulowitzki, who is under contract through 2020, will be cornerstones in Colorado for the foreseeable future.”

…I like this deal, but it certainly brings with it some risk. He has had only one full season in the Majors, and to guarantee 7 years after just a one year sampling is risky, but I think it may turn out as a great deal for Colorado in the future as in a couple of years he may be a guy deserving of way more than $12 million a season…

Adam LaRoche-Nationals

According to ESPN, the Washington Nationals have come to terms with 1B Adam LaRoche on a two year contract. The amount of money has not yet been released.

Last season with the Atlanta Braves LaRoche hit 25 homers and drove in 100 runs.

…The Nationals have proven that they want to contend not just in a few seasons when young phenoms Steven Strausburg and Bryce Harper are in their primes, but right now. The proved so with the enormous Jason Werth deal, which locks him up until he is 38. This move also shows the Nationals want to contend and at least be respectable in the years leading up to the years where they believe they can be atop the NL East. LaRoche is not only an offensice threat he is also very consistant, and handles himself beautifully at first base. With Zimmerman at third, and LaRoche at first you could be witnessing development of a nice Gold Glove infield…

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