Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Two big early free-agent signings

Two of the biggest available free-agents have already inked big contracts.

Jerome Oliver, arguably the best free-agent starter on the market, has signed a 4-year, $33.25 million contract with the New Orleans Voodoo. This continues a busy off-season for the Lousiana franchise, as they picked up Gregg Black in a trade. It appears they feel they can catch the 6-time division champion Houston Riverdogs- taking one of their best starters might be a good way to go do just that. The Voodoo have scheduled a press conference tomorrow to announce the signing and to introduce Oliver to the media.

Meanwhile, one of the big hitters on the market has decided to stay right where he is. Cap Herrera, after joining Trenton in a mid-season deal with Vancouver, declined his option and became a free-agent. But after Trenton offered him 4-years and $30.6 million to stay with the team, he decided New Jersey would be a good place to live. GM gumbercules told TBDN, "This was a deal we wanted to get done quickly. We felt he was one of the top 2 or 3 hitters out there on the market. His agent told us that although he was opting out, he was still confident that we could get something done to keep him here with the Traffic. We are pleased with the outcome."

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