Big Signings, First Signings Highlight Early Group
The first group of free agents signed on Thursday included some big salaries, some young names, and finally someone heading to Texas.
Roy Halladay, the ace pitcher, signed the biggest deal in the group, agreeing to a five-year, $375 contract with the Arkansas Cardinals. The Cardinals lost out on another big-name pitcher, however, when Jake Peavy accepted the Brewville Style’s five-year, $262 bid over the Arkansas offer.
“While it would have been nice to team Halladay with Peavy, we are delighted with the signings we did make,” Arkansas owner Daniel Shoptaw said. “Roy should anchor our staff for years to come, and we signed a couple of young outfielders that hopefully will produces for us at salaries that are under the league average.”
The biggest winner this morning was the Style, as owner Steve Egge was able to snag six players, headlined by Peavy.
“Our fiscal, budget-conscious approach allowed us to take a more aggressive approach to a guy we feel is in the class of the top starters around the league,” Egge said. “We look forward to getting him into camp and letting him lead this team.”
After numerous rejections and some close calls, the Texas Outlaws were finally able to sign a player, coming to terms with shortstop Rafael Furcal on a $60, three-year deal.
“Nice to know these uniforms aren’t going to be wasted,” head Outlaw Robert Arnwine said.
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