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Marlins finalize strange three-year deal with John Buck

Nov 17, 2010, 8:02 PM EDT

Toronto Blue Jays Buck follows through on an RBI single during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox in their MLB American League baseball game in Boston

Well, it’s official.

The Marlins have made a couple of questionable moves so far in this young offseason and continued that trend Wednesday with the finalization of an odd three-year, $18 million contract for free agent catcher John Buck.

Buck slugged 20 home runs for the Blue Jays in 2010 and represents a legitimate offensive upgrade over the carousel of catchers that the Marlins employed this past year, but the 30-year-old backstop is a .243/.301/.421 career hitter and is likely to regress back to that poor career line.

His .335 BABIP (Batting Average on Balls In Play) suggests that luck had a whole lot to do with the numbers that he posted this past season and Miami’s Sun Life Stadium is not nearly as hitting friendly as Toronto’s Rogers Centre.  On top of that, Buck hasn’t played more than 120 games in a season in his entire career.

There’s a chance that everything will work out just fine, but at the moment it appears that Marlins’ new starting catcher was overpaid both in salary and years.

  1. Old Gator - Nov 17, 2010 at 10:13 PM

    As badly as I’d like to see these moves work out is as sure as I am that they’re gonna blow up in the Feesh’s trout mask replicas. Murphy’s Law – which is merely the second law of thermodynamics as it reads out in terms of human destiny – is as inescapable as…well…as entropy, especially at malevolently capacious Joeprodolsharklife Stadium. The utter lack of human body heat militates against the formation of uplift and outflow thermal currents. About the only way Buck pans out for the Feesh over the next three seasons is if MLB loses a major legal challenge before the Supreme Court and halts drug testing.

    • Professor Longnose - Nov 18, 2010 at 9:31 AM

      They dumped Uggla’s $10 million so they could pay John Buck $6 million? That doesn’t really make a lot of sense.

    • proudlycanadian - Nov 18, 2010 at 9:33 AM

      As Oddball observed, there are too many negative vibes surrounding this team. Buck had a big year last season and improved his catching as well as his batting average, but he is not worth $6 million a year. His home runs were not a surprise because he had done it before. His batting average will drop next season. He did a good job handling the young pitchers; however, the Jays used Molina as Morrow’s personal catcher. Buck also did a decent job throwing out base runners.

  2. sportsdrenched - Nov 18, 2010 at 10:17 AM

    John Buck, All-Star, and now Millionare!

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