Friday, August 13, 2010

Buffalo spending spree nets Hernandez, Oliver

Blue Cheese shell out big bucks for prized free agents

If anyone was wondering whether or not the Buffalo Blue Cheese see themselves as a serious World Series contender this season, there should be little doubt now. Buffalo has announced that the team has come to terms on contract agreements with free agent second baseman Derrin Hernandez and three-time All-Star starter Jerome Oliver.

The 30-year-old Hernandez signed a deal that will pay him $8.7 million per season through season 15. Hernandez, who spent the past five seasons with San Juan, batted .296 last season with 17 HR, 73 RBI and a .771 OPS. He has stolen at least 20 bases in eight out of his nine major league seasons.

Oliver's contract may come as more of a surprise to those around the league. The Blue Cheese signed the 36-year-old starter to a four-year $34 million deal, though Oliver's 95 health rating and 98 makeup are likely the reasons the Blue Cheese felt confident enough to give him a big four-year deal. Oliver posted an 18-7 record for New Orleans last season while registering a 2.92 ERA and 1.17 WHIP in 243.2 IP.

Derrin Hernandez
Blue Cheese
Age: 30B/T: R/R
Born: Ocala, FL
Position(s): 2B/LF/CF
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