Saturday, May 17, 2008

Hanley Signing Now Official

Here's a reason to get excited again. According to our friends at Fish Stripes, the Hanley Ramirez signing is now official!

The press conference is taking place at...yes, the Orange Bowl site. If that's not symbolic of Hanley being the face of the franchise as it enters the new stadium in 2011, then I don't know what is. Here are some details:

"Ramirez will make $5.5 million in 2009, and the deal bumps up considerably in the upcoming years.

By coming to terms now, the Marlins will lock up Ramirez through his arbitration years (2009-2011), and then three more years, where he could have qualified for free agency. For those three seasons, the shortstop will earn $23.5 million.

The Dominican Republic native will get $15 million in 2012, $15.5 million in 2013 and $16 million in 2014.

So in what could have been his first three seasons of free agency, Ramirez will collect $46.5 million.

The contract doesn't not include a no-trade clause or a signing bonus."

An excellent deal for the Fish. My only concern? Carlos Delgado also had a backloaded contract, you may recall, which the Marlins precipitously took advantage of by dealing him to the cash-happy Mets. Let's hope that doesn't happen again. Positive thinking, positive thinking, positive thinking.


Jay Warman said...

I think Beinfest made a wise decision by trading Delgado. We took a shot to win in 2005 and we blew it. Beinfest moved on and the Fish are better for it.

Would you have rather kept Delgado and wasted all those millions on someone who is equally power-oriented and injury prone as Mike Jacobs?

ASponge said...

Excellent point. If anything, it's just good positioning. Good call.