The Day of the Catcher: Four Backstops Sign New Deals
When the New York Mets took a catcher with their first overall pick in the expansion draft that created them, sage Casey Stengal noted that “without a catcher, you have a lot of passed balls.” The teams of the United Rotisserie League have taken this credo to heart, signing four backstops in the second day of free agent signings.
The Edwardsville Armada shelled out big bucks to solidify behind the plate, spending $400 over five years for Joe Mauer and $250 over five years for Victor Martinez. Depending on how the contracts are structured, that could constitute 20% of the Armada’s 2007 payroll.
“We’re shelling out the money”, said owner David Reed, “but we expect to get big returns on the field.”
Other catchers that found a home were Ramon Hernandez ($50/5 by the Conway Capitols) and Russell Martin ($64/4 by the Arkansas Cardinals). With the signing of Mike Piazza by the Cardinals on the opening day of the free agency signing period, that means that five catchers have already settled into new homes.
The other big news from Day 2 was the signing of David Wright to the second-largest contract in URL history. The Atkins Alley Cats landed him for $470 over five years, a mere $1 per year shy of Miguel Cabrera’s standard-setter.
“Wright is going to be huge for us,” said top Cat Charles Rector. “Not only on the field, but in our marketing and outreach to the fan base as well. Plus, being that David is from New York, he may be able to get me into some of those exclusive poker rooms.”
The third day of signings is scheduled for Monday, October 30.