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Free agents departing Rays have signed for $213 million

Jan 14, 2011, 10:18 AM EDT

Theo Epstein, Carl Crawford

Following the Yankees signing Rafael Soriano to a three-year, $35 million deal last night Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune notes that the eight free agents departing the Rays this offseason have signed elsewhere for a total of $213 million over 19 years.

That total will rise to $215 million for 20 seasons once Chad Qualls’ deal with the Padres becomes official and Type A free agent Grant Balfour is still on the market (as are Willy Aybar and Lance Cormier).

Meanwhile, the Rays’ big free agent splash was signing middle reliever Joel Peralta to a one-year, $900,000 contract.

Tampa Bay isn’t nearly as bad off as those figures would suggest, as the Rays have several prominent young players like Desmond Jennings and Jeremy Hellickson ready to step into big roles, but $215 million versus $900,000 is still pretty staggering.

  1. virusgvr - Jan 14, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    This is because the Rays are considered a pitstop to bigger and better things, just like the Royals and the Pirates!

  2. yankeesfanlen - Jan 14, 2011 at 11:15 AM

    We’re using salary numbers for suspect results here. $213M over 19 years? This would also mean, if evenly divided, that they could have kept these guys for $11.5M per year.
    Guess they could afford that.

    • skipperxc - Jan 14, 2011 at 12:16 PM

      True story. I’d be more interested in what the lot of them make for next season alone.

    • Bochy's Head/Timmy's Bong - Jan 14, 2011 at 6:13 PM

      But of course that’s not the way it works at all. Those ex-Rays will make close to $50M in 2011 alone.

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