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Ryan Church's deal is official

Jan 13, 2010, 9:53 AM EDT

Dejan tweets that the physical is done and the ink has been applied to the contract between Church and the Pirates.

The deal is a one-year, $1.5MM agreement with up to $1.32MM in plate appearance-based incentives, with 600 plate appearances meaning he’ll have realized a raise from last year.  Given that the Pirates have said that they’re wanting to use him as something of a swingman, I’m seriously doubting he’ll get the plate appearances, however.

Given this signing, Rick Ankiel may have better luck trying to shop himself as a reliever at this point than an outfielder, because he’s running out of potential landing pads.

  1. Green Leaf - Jan 13, 2010 at 10:50 AM

    Too long, didn’t read

  2. Los Mets - Jan 13, 2010 at 10:57 AM

    How could Omar let this Latino outfielder slip on thru to the
    Pirates without even meeting him is unbelievable, truly I’m
    shocked.

  3. Lawrence From Plattekill - Jan 13, 2010 at 10:59 AM

    I think that in April all the unsigned free agents should go on a barnstorming tour.

  4. Old Gator - Jan 13, 2010 at 12:56 PM

    Once the market for Ankiel drops below the minor league minimum scale, I expect the Feesh to send out the Chihuahua to fetch him home to Joeprodolshark Stadium. He’ll like it here. There’ll be so little pressure on him, he might even learn to throw strikes again.

  5. MVD - Jan 15, 2010 at 4:58 AM

    Ankiel could probably play anywhere if he just realized that he’s just not that good.

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