Pat Burrell’s deal: $1 million plus incentives

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Ken Rosenthal reports that Pat Burrell will make a $1 million base salary with some added  incentives.

I think this renders the deal sufficiently free of risk in the event that playoffs Pat Burrell shows up for the 2011 season instead of post-trade-from-the-Rays Burrell. At $1 million, the Giants can pretty much cut bait on the guy and not regret it too terribly. Or, even if he’s producing decently enough, they won’t mind benching him and moving Aubrey Huff to left in the event that Brandon Belt forces his way into the lineup.

This also, by the way, causes fans of teams in need of a corner outfielder to breathe a sigh of relief. Personally I could see the Braves giving him a couple three million, and I’m sure other teams would have considered this.  Which would have been a bad risk in my view.

Cubs acquire Terrance Gore from the Royals

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The Chicago Cubs have acquired outfielder Terrance Gore from the Royals for cash considerations.

Gore has not played in the big leagues at all this season and only has 49 games and 14 plate appearances to his credit at the big league level over four seasons. Still, in that time, he has stolen 21 bases as a pinch-runner extraordinaire. That has extended into the postseason too, as he has four stolen bases in postseason play despite never having had a postseason plate appearance.

Figure the Cubs want some instant speed themselves, at the very least for September, when active rosters expand to 40-men. If he proves valuable then, and if the Cubs can find room for him, he’d be a useful playoff weapon as well.