Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Angels Make Their Best Move of 2012
Its only January and the Angels have already made the biggest splash of the 2012/13 offseason. They re-signed All-Star 2nd Baseman Howie Kendrick (perennial favorite of this site, and many Angels fans) to a 4 year deal worth $33.5 Million. This effectively takes one of the most prized possessions of the 2012 Free Agent field off the market.
Looking like a 5-tool player (if his power numbers continue to rise) at 2nd base, Kendrick was sure to get a nice big contract after the season. Now, the Angels have locked him up for what seems to be a bargain (at about $8.4 million a season) for the next 4 years. Now, anyone on the team who has even sniffed an all-star team, (Kendrick, Weaver, Haren, Pujols, Wilson, Santana, Walden, Hunter, Wells, Bourjos) is locked up with the Angels through at least the end of the 2013 season. 2 whole seasons of the current club could spell trouble for the rest of the AL West.
Speaking of the rest of the West, the Texas Rangers and Japanese pitching phenom Yu Darvish have still yet to agree on a deal, despite having obtained the exclusive negotiating rights over 20 days ago. With about 8 days left to sign a contract with the club, Darvish seems to be getting closer and closer to heading back to Japan for at least another season.