Two weeks ago Jerry Dipoto indicated that the Diamondbacks and Adam LaRoche were both interested in working out a multi-year contract extension, but yesterday the general manager told Steve Gilbert of MLB.com that no offers have been made:
We discussed the possibility, kicked the tires if you will, but there was nothing definitive and no offer was made. That’s where it’s at.
LaRoche’s current contract includes a $7.5 million mutual option or $1.5 million buyout for 2011, so presumably if Dipoto is interested in signing LaRoche long term he’d be willing to pay him $7.5 million for one season. However, the first baseman may decide that he’s capable of getting more than that on the open market even after botched negotiations with the Giants last offseason left him in position to accept a modest one-year deal from the Diamondbacks in the first place.
For now LaRoche is out of the lineup with a right knee injury.
The Texas Rangers have signed Josh Hamilton to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Not at all surprising. The Rangers released Hamilton last August, but that was simply to make some room on the 40-man roster. His season was already toast due to the surgery he underwent to repair lateral and meniscus cartilage in his left knee which had the added bonus of revealing that he had an ACL injury as well, which required reconstruction. At the time of his release both he and the Rangers made noises about him coming back on a minor league deal in 2017.
Hamilton turns 36 in May. The smart money has it that his big league career is over, but Hamilton would be silly to retire given that he is owed $30 million this coming season. That the Angels are paying $26.41 million of that makes it far less painful for the Rangers as well. If he can hit in the spring, hey, let him DH some and pay him low money. If not, no skin off of anyone’s nose. He can request a release on April 1 if he hasn’t made the big league roster.
Alex Rodriguez’s transition into retirement has featured a serious move into the business world. He has gone back to school, worked seriously on investments and has started his own corporation. Yes, he’s set for life after making more money than any baseball player in history, but even if his bank account wasn’t fat, you get the sense that he’d be OK given what we’ve seen of his work ethic and savvy in recent years.
He’s going to be getting another paycheck soon, though. For hosting a reality show featuring athletes who are not in as good a financial shape as A-Rod is:
Interesting. Hopefully, like so many other reality shows featuring the formerly rich and famous, this one is not exploitative. Not gonna hold my breath because that’s what that genre is all about, unfortunately, but here’s hoping A-Rod can help some folks with this.