Record of the Day
Most money to be made in 2012: Alex Rodriguez, $29 million.
Using a site called baseballplayersalaries.com, I was able to find some interesting things about Rodriguez' contract. The over-payed third baseman going to make $5 million more than the second place player (Johan Santana at $24 million). According to the website, Rodriguez made more than $300,000 per hit in 2011 and almost $2 million per home run. Per second, he made 98¢, and was able to make what would be a respectable annual salary of $84,931 every day. He will make $29 million in 2012, $28 million in 2013, $25 million in 2014, and it will continue to decrease until he makes $20 million in his final season of his contract in 2017.
Free Agent Signings
Blue Jays signed Aaron Laffey (3-2, 3.88 ERA, .306 BAA, 2012 age: 27) to a minor league deal.
Laffey joins the Blue Jays as the second left-handed reliever signed in as many days, though Laffey will take on a much less prominent role than Darren Oliver. Expected to be a long reliever, Laffey may fill in as a spot starter from time to time. He debuted in 2007 with the Indians at the age of 22, going 4-2 with a 4.56 ERA in nine starts. Playing his first full season in 2008, the lefty was 5-7 with a 4.23 ERA in 16 starts. In 25 games (19 starts) in 2009, he was 7-9 with a 4.44 ERA and the first and only save of his career. He posted a 4.53 ERA as he began to transition to the bullpen in 2010 in 29 games (five starts). As a full time-reliever last season, Laffey posted a 3.88 ERA in 47 appearances. Over his five-year career, 21-23 with a 4.34 ERA in 126 games (49 starts).
White Sox traded Carlos Quentin (24 HR, 77 RBI, .254 AVG, 1 SB, 2012 age: 29) to the Padres for minor leaguers Simon Castro (7-8, 5.63 ERA, .286 BAA at AA San Antonio and AAA Tucson, 2012 age: 24) and Pedro Hernandez (10-3, 3.49 ERA, .262 BAA at High Class A Lake Elsinore, AA San Antonio, AAA Tucson, 2012 age: 23).
The Padres have shown that though they do not look to compete in 2012, they still aren't just folding up before the New Year. Quentin is moving to his hometown team, having grown up in Chula Vista, just over 6 miles south of the Padres' home at PETCO Park. The 29-year-old is a power hitter with difficulty hitting for contact. Despite his inability to get the consistent base hit, he should fit nicely in the Padres lineup with contact hitters like Orlando Hudson, Jason Bartlett and Yonder Alonso. After a couple of mediocre seasons to start off his career with Arizona, he was sent off to Chicago where he saw a huge breakout year in 2008. In 130 games, he hit 36 home runs, knocked in 100, and batted .288 with seven stolen bases, netting one of the AL Silver Sluggers for the outfield. After a tough 2009 where he hit 21 home runs and batted .236 in 99 games, Quentin bounced back with a solid 2010, hitting 26 home runs and batting .243 in 131 games.
Bothered again by injury in 2011, Quentin hit 24 home runs and batted .254, his highest mark since 2008, in 118 games. The big righty made his first All Star team since his huge 2008. Over his six-year career, he hit 121 home runs and batted .252 with 16 stolen bases in 616 games. The Padres hope he can regain the form that helped him to 36 home runs in 2008. The White Sox didn't exactly acquire top-end prospects in this deal, but both pitchers have solid histories. Despite a tough 2011, Simon Castro had strong seasons in 2009 and 2010, going a combined 17-13 with a 3.31 ERA over 54 games (52 starts) between the two seasons. He pitched well at AA San Antonio last year, going 5-6 with a 4.33 ERA in 16 starts, but really struggled at AAA Tucson, posting a 10.17 ERA in six starts. Pedro Hernandez has had success in the past, including a 1.42 ERA for the DSL Dodgers in 2008. After a rough 2009 and 2010, Hernandez bounced back with High Class A Lake Elsinore in 2011, going 5-0 with a 2.70 ERA. He posted a 3.48 ERA at AA San Antonio, then finished off the year with a 6.00 ERA at AAA Tucson. He should be major league ready by September call-ups in 2012.
Teams followed in this update: Boston Red Sox, Washington Nationals, New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs, Tampa Bay Rays, Los Angeles Dodgers, Philadelphia Phillies, Atlanta Braves
If your team is not included, please leave a comment.
HR: home runs. RBI: runs batted in. AVG: batting average. SB: stolen bases. ERA: earned run average. BAA: batting average against. K's: strikeouts. WPCT: winning percentage