Jumping off from (1) a discussion we had on the Ben &
Skin Show yesterday, and (2) the sideshow we all watched last night:
Vladimir Guerrero’s contract, which pays $5.5 million in 2010
(with another $900,000 in roster bonuses), contains a $9 million mutual option
for 2011, with a $1 million buyout payable if either side declines the option.
Rich Harden’s contract, which pays $6.5 million in 2010
(with another $2.5 million in what now appear to be mostly unattainable graduated
workload incentives), contains an $11 million mutual option for 2011, with a $1
million buyout payable if either side declines.
Pretty clear where both of those deals are headed.
Unless new ownership helps get the hitter extended (two
guaranteed, market-value years plus an option for a third?) during the season.
According to at least one local report, the Rangers have two
pitchers from the 40-man roster on a morning flight to Toronto that connects
through Detroit. The decision as to
whether to activate one (for Doug Mathis, who would be optioned) or both (which
would mean both Mathis and Craig Gentry would be optioned without Joaquin Arias
being activated yet – Max Ramirez would serve as both the backup catcher and
first baseman today) hasn’t been announced.
As the two pitchers are reportedly on the roster, candidates
include Oklahoma City righthanders Guillermo Moscoso, Pedro Strop, and Alexi Ogando,
Oklahoma City lefthander Michael Kirkman, and Frisco lefthander Zach Phillips. (Oklahoma City righthanders Brandon McCarthy
and Omar Beltre are on the disabled list.)
Oklahoma City and Frisco were both home last night.
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(c) Jamey Newberg