The Marlins finalized their six-year, $106 million agreement with shortstop Jose Reyes on Wednesday afternoon at baseball’s Winter Meetings in Dallas. What they didn’t reveal is how dangerously backloaded the money on that contract is. Here’s the tweet from Joel Sherman of the New York Post:
In other words, Reyes will earn just $10 million in 2012 and 2013, $16 million in 2014, then a whopping $22 million annually between 2015-2017. Which may or may not create some problems.
The Marlins, as with any franchise debuting a new stadium, have a few guaranteed years of strong attendance numbers. People will want to see the place, and they’ll want to see the new stars that the Fish are bringing in this offseason. But what happens if those attendance numbers begin to dwindle after the initial rush? What happens if Miami misses the playoffs for the first few seasons at the new park in Little Havana and the buzz suddenly wears off? Good luck executing another fire-sale with that kind of guaranteed money.
Tigers’ right-handed reliever Francisco Rodriguez was released on Friday, per a team announcement. The club recalled fellow right-hander Bruce Rondon from Triple-A Toledo in a corresponding move.
The former closer got the boot after losing his closing role in early May, giving left-hander Justin Wilson a chance to impress at the back end of the bullpen. It’s been a rough year for Rodriguez, who manufactured six blown saves and a 7.82 ERA, 3.9 BB/9 and 8.2 SO/9 over 25 1/3 innings for the Tigers. The final straw, it seemed, came with Robinson Cano‘s grand slam in the seventh inning of the Tigers’ 6-9 loss to the Mariners on Thursday.
While the demotion to a clean-up role and an apparent lack of communication caused Rodriguez considerable frustration, he’s two years removed from his last dominant performance as a major league closer and has shown few signs of returning to form. His recent slump doesn’t diminish the impressive totals he’s racked up over his 16-year career — 437 saves and six All-Star nominations among them — but if he can’t break out of it soon, he may not receive the kind of high leverage role he’s seeking with another big league team, either.
The Red Sox have signed third baseman Jhonny Peralta to a minor-league deal. He’ll report to Pawtucket.
Peralta, 35, hit a paltry .204/.259/.204 in 58 plate appearances for the Cardinals this year. But with Pablo Sandoval on the disabled list — and ineffective when he hasn’t been — the Sox could use some infield depth.
This is the second former Tiger that former Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski has picked up today, after signing Doug Fister. No word if he’s kicking the tires on Andy Dirks or Brennan Boesch.