Colby Rasmus, Seven Year Contracts and Rangers Getting Healthy
By Dan Hughes
Happy Thursday morning. Time for your SoDo Sunrise. The Mariners have been making news for off the field stuff lately – LED lights at Safeco, new alternate uniforms, FanFest coming this weekend.
But, other teams around the league continue to make moves to put themselves in a position to be competitive in October.
So, let’s take a look around the AL West and beyond to find what’s making news today.
Rangers Getting Good News
After a forgettable 2014 season that saw multiple players – and seemingly even retired ones – go down with a number of injuries, Rangers fans got some good news from the team’s mini-camp.
As Lisa Weatherall at Nolan Writin reports, the Rangers got promising news regarding Yu Darvish, Jurickson Profar, Matt Harrison and others.
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Does Colby Rasmus make the Astros Better?
The Houston Astros signed Colby Rasmus to a one-year $8 million contract. The Astros have been as active as any team this offseason – not named the A’s – and this signing appears on the surface to be a solid one.
Jason Burke at Climbing Tal’s Hill takes a look and gives his opinion on whether or not the signing actually helps the team get bettter.
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Seven-year deals for pitchers equals big trouble
With the Nationals signing Max Scherzer to a 7-year deal on Wednesday, ESPN’s Jayson Stark looks at previous 7-year deals for pitchers as a cautionary tale for the Nats.
Stark then ranks them best to worst in terms of total WAR over the life of the deal.
I have long been against 7-year (or longer) deals for any player, but especially a pitcher. When you factor in the deferred part of the deal, it’s a huge no-no in my book.