Posts Tagged ‘Rocco Baldelli’

Mark and Rocco

This offseason, the top two players on Baseball America’s  Top 100 Prospects list in 2003 signed contracts that will place them squarely in the middle of basball’s greatest rivalry.

The first player, Mark Teixeira, agreed to an eight-year, $180 million deal with the Yankees.  His agent, Scott Boras, negotiated a full no-trade clause and an annual salary of more than $20 million until 2016.

The second player, Rocco Baldelli, became a member of the Red Sox after agreeing to a one-year deal with a base salary of $500,000.  Various roster and performance bonuses could gross him as much as $7 million.

Obviously there were many extenuating circumstances that led to each player receiving the contract he did – Teixeira was fortunate enough to be the premiere free agent available at a time when the Yankees were looking to make a big splash, and Baldelli’s health issues in recent years severely limited his value – but I still found it fascinating that within six years, two young men who were once considered the biggest up-and-comers in their profession achieved such different results.

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It’s just a gut feeling, but I think Rocco Baldelli and his new beard are gonna do something big when he finally reenters the Tampa Bay lineup (MiLB.com)

Minor League Baseball’s top homerun hitters for the month of July; Dallas McPherson is never gonna want to see New Mexico again after this season (Baseball America)

Can David Price follow in the footsteps of Joba Chamberlain? (Beyond the Box Score via Baseball Musings)

Hopefully the emails of United States olympians are just as boring as mine (BBTF Newsblog)

And you thought that impromptu games of Homerun Derby were the worst possible way to end a tie game; silly baseball fans! (Ump Bump)

You can almost HEAR Jordi giggling maniacally to himself while writing this (The Serious Tip)