Bucs to Freddy, “Let’s Make a Deal”

One of the nice pieces of news that has come out of the Piratefest, is that the Bucs and Freddy are talking a long term contract which would a)not have to worry about an arbitration hearing and (b)sign him a few years into his free agent years. I’d love to see this deal get done although Freddy is a bit older for an impending free agent (this is his last year of arbitration) but he can still hit and he fielded well enough last year, his first season playing second base.
I’ll leave the dollar value out of the equation since I’m not sure what similar types of players are making (feel free to let me know in the comments) but I think that a 3 or 4 year deal would be perfect. I’d also try to front load some of the contract in case he starts faltering when he hits his mid 30’s he would be very good trade bait.

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3 Responses to “Bucs to Freddy, “Let’s Make a Deal””

  1. Matt Bandi Says:

    I have to disagree with you. Freddy (.304/.343/.442) was just a bit above average last year (average NL 2B .272/.341/.418). He was also well below average defensively. He is 30, likely to start declining soon and has had injury problems. Honestly, he is much less productive than he appears, and an expensive long-term contract is risky. Something like $10-12 m/2 years could make sense, but the team probably should not keep him past free agency after 2009.

  2. Aaron Benedict Says:

    If we had someone in the minors that was ready next year, then I would agree with you. But it doesn’t look like we have anyone remotely close to being ready (maybe Shelby Ford but the jury is way out on him). Especially with the Bucs lack of offense, we can’t afford a give away any at bats with a light hitting middle infielder.

  3. Deaner Says:

    It looks like a 3-year deal is going to happen. I like it!


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