The free-agency period is now over and the big names have signed. Here are some of the highlights:
- Arguably, the biggest name out there was a 37 year old pitcher. Chris Siddall, formerly of Fargo, has signed with Cheyenne for 3 years, $24 million with a mutual option for $8 million for a fourth year. No word from the Cheyenne camp as to whether they plan to start him or use him as a reliever.
- Cheyenne wasn't done- they also went out and got former Atlanta CF Lynn Abernathy. Abernathy could very well be moved out of CF to the infield at this point of his career. He'll get 2 years, $14 million with a mutual $7 million option after that to join Siddall in Wyoming.
- Speaking of Fargo pitchers, one did decide to stay. The Dirtbags re-signed closer Bert Price to a 2 year, $11.2 million extension. Price saved 32 games last season.
- New Orleans took their new starting CF from their division rivals. Former Houston outfielder Scott Diaz joins the Voodoo for 2 years and $13 million, with the team holding a $5 million option for a third year. Diaz has stolen over 400 bases in his career.
- Louisville re-signed veteran starter Danny Little to a 3 year, $20.4 million extension. The $6.8 per year was exactly the same as he had been earning over the last 4 years with the Legends. Little has won at least 10 games 6 out of the 7 seasons that The Bigs has been in existance.
- The Legends then added IF/OF Orlando Franco, formerly of Houston. Franco gets a lucrative 3 year, $26.2 million deal. He went 20-20 for the Riverdogs last season.
- After 2 decent seasons in Norfolk but never quite living up to the expectations after being traded for popular starter Babe Broadhurst, Jay Walker has opted for a change of scenery. That scenery is in northeastern PA, as he'll join Scranton after signing a 2 year, $14.4 million deal. Walker set a career high in doubles last season and a career low in runs.
- Finally, Austin will get a veteran presence on the mound as they add both Carlton Fleming and Matty Eusebio. Fleming, now a former Legend, gets one year at $5.3 million with a mutual option for a second season at the same price, while former Atlanta Bandit Eusebio will pitch on the same contract, except at $5.4 million. The two pitchers have 208 combined career wins.