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Marlins “close to signing” John Buck to three-year contract

Nov 16, 2010, 3:17 PM EST

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Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Marlins are “close to signing” John Buck to a three-year contract believed to be worth more than $15 million, which is pretty remarkable for a catcher who was available to the Blue Jays for a one-year, $2 million deal last offseason.

Buck obviously boosted his value significantly with a career-year, hitting .281 with 20 homers and an .802 OPS in 118 games, but there’s little reason to think he’s capable of duplicating those numbers again consistently.

He’s always had 20-homer power, but prior to this season Buck was a career .235 hitter with a lowly .298 on-base percentage and .407 slugging percentage in 2,116 plate appearances. And while posting career-best numbers at age 29 he also had the worst strikeout-to-walk ratio in all of baseball at 111-to-16.

Buck is a solid enough catcher, but by giving him a three-year contract the Marlins are clearly paying for a repeat of 2010 and the odds are stacked against that happening.

UPDATE: Rosenthal reports that Buck will get $18 million for three years.

  1. Old Gator - Nov 16, 2010 at 4:18 PM

    I don’t get this one at all. You nickel and dime Dan Uggla off the field and then throw five million plus per anus at this character when you’re going nowhere in 2011 and John Baker will probably be back by midseason? This guy will be the opening day catcher in 2012 at Macondo Banana Massacre Stadium? They might as well have hung on to Ramon Castro for what they’re going to pay this guy if Rosenthal is correct.

  2. ngearhart1981 - Nov 16, 2010 at 4:55 PM

    It’s not big market teams’ money that keeps greater parity out of baseball, it’s the handful of small market teams that still don’t know what OBP is.

    • Old Gator - Nov 17, 2010 at 1:27 AM

      I think OBP was irrelevant to Scrooge McLoria. He was just clearing space in his investment portfolio for a bigger chunk of the General Motors stock offering.

  3. proudlycanadian - Nov 16, 2010 at 5:28 PM

    Good for Buck. He earned a big pay day. Not only did his hitting improve, but there was also an improvement in his catching

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