Seems like yesterday that Clank signed, doesn’t it? 6 years, 100 mill, absolute no trade clause, started in 2007. Drayton wanted a big bat, and Carlos was one of the very few top free agents who would agree to sign with Houston at any price. For $99, 500,000. 00, he provided 9 WAR – his best year being 2011, believe it or not – for some reason, he didn’t have a negative defensive WAR.
Luke Scott, who was essentially unwanted and was traded away, from 07 – 12, had 9.7 WAR at a cost of 19, 612, 000 – AND he was hurt most of 2011 and 2012.
It was the beginning of the end – remember the 07 draft? no players made it, and Derek Dietrich, our 3rd rounder (who was out first pick) did not sign and is now the second baseman for the Marlins, still holding valiantly to last place, 4 games ahead of the Astros.
Anyway, Clank SEZ he retired because wouldn’t nobody give him a 2 year deal. Hermano, please. OPS+ for a 1B/DH over the past 3 years: 90, 117, 90.
Roy-O has been battling back problems since his last days with the Phils – He had a bad year, what there was of the year – with the Rangers last year – 5.80 ERA over 59 IP. Remember how he said that the 5 year deal he signed in 06 would be his last contract? Guess the boy couldn’t walk away after all – remember what Jim Bouton said about gripping a baseball and it turns out that baseball was gripping you.
Anyway, he couldn’t find real too much this year and ended up finally signing a minor league deal with the Rox about a month ago, got called up the other day. Threw the FB about 93-94, which he hasn’t done in a couple of years, but got hit – 9 hits, 1 HR, 11 K(!!!!) 4 ER/5 IP. That’s his first game with over 10 K since 2008, when he had three 10 K games.
His career high in a game was 12 vs Milwaukee in 01 – came in second in the ROY, to Uncle, natcherilly.
Ah, the Good Ol Days.
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