Saturday, May 8, 2010

Major Early Free-Agent Signings

We're only halfway through the free-agent signing period and already we've seen some significant moves.

Fargo lost two major pieces of their bullpen. Longtime closer Bert Price left for Cincinnati, signing a 2-year, $11.2 million deal, while dynamite setup man Kevin Li got 3 years at $16.7 million to bolt for Salem.

Cincinnati also re-signed Dave Stewart, last season's closer. The 38-year-old reliever will earn $9.2 million over the next 2 seasons. More interesting than the contract is the question of whether Price or Stewart starts the season as the closer in the Queen City.

St. Louis didn't stand idly by while a division rival improved. They signed veteran 1B/DH Burt Stevenson to a 2 year, $9.7 million contract.

New York felt it needed an upgrade to its woeful offense, so they plucked longtime Huntington catcher Cy Hughes off the market for 1 year at $3.6 million. Meanwhile, division rival Boston signed former New York outfielder Bernie Soriano (most recently of Pittsburgh) to a 2-year, $9.2 million deal.

Trenton is rebuilding their outfield. They snagged former Boston RF Ryan Snyder with a 2-year, $11 million deal and also signed veteran CF Dewey Greenwood to 2 years at $9.2 million. The Greenwood signing would seem to indicate that 3-time All-Star Watty Miller will likely be playing the infield this season.

Coming off a successful year for both himself and his team, 3B Wendell Durrington and Vancouver agreed on a 2-year contract for $8.4 million.

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