By La Velle
I’m headed out of the media center to work the lobby until the last scout leaves. But I wanted to show you a breakdown of Casey Blake’s contract with the Dodgers, which now has been signed.
The Twins offered Blake two years and $14 million, refusing to add a third year to the deal for a 35-year old player.
The Dodgers nabbed him for a three-year, 17.5 million deal – with an option for 2012!
Here’s the offer that topped the Twins’:
2009 salary: $5 million
2010 salary: $6 million
2011 salary: $5.25 million
2012 salary: $6 million, or a $1.25 million buyout.
That option year might be a way to fold another $1.25 million into the deal, as the Dodge aren’t expected to pick it up - unless Blake has Paul Molitor-like genes.
My question: What if the Twins had gone two years for $15 million plus a third-year option with a $1.5 million buyout? That’s $16.5 million he’d be a lock to make, maybe enough to entice him to sign closer to home.
Twins officials, of course, might read this and argue that $7.5 million is a little too much for someone who will turn 36 next season. And I could understand that. But I would like to have that debate.