Clarksville Proves It Is Still in the League
Though not for the lack of trying, there had not been a whole lot of buzz-worthy signings coming out of the Clarksville front office. That changed on Tuesday, when the Cubs signed four players, headlined by outfielder Vernon Wells’s $220, five-year contract.
“I was glad to finally break through and sign some very talented players,” said owner Jason Hoover, who also signed outfielder Emil Brown, third baseman Aramis Ramirez and pitcher Mark Prior. “To get players that have had experience on north side of Chicago, like Aramis and Mark have, was valuable as well.”
The other team most active in Tuesday’s signings was Wendy’s Peffercorns, who signed six different players, the most expensive being third baseman Chad Tracy at $52 over four years.
“We are filling our roster in a fiscally responsible way,” owner Mike Salony was quoted as saying, “but we still are bringing in quality players that we expect will help us challenge for a title. We’re not the Florida Marlins here, people. We plan to win and win now.”
The largest contract of the day was signed by outfielder Grady Sizemore, who signed a five-year, $305 contract with the Atkins Alley Cats. The Cats also brought in first baseman Prince Fielder, outfielder Brad Hawpe and pitcher Noah Lowry.
“A good haul today, I think,” said Alley Cats owner Charles Rector. “We may have spent some money, but we brought in young talent that will help us for years to come.”
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