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Diamondbacks re-sign Willie Bloomquist to two-year deal

Nov 9, 2011, 12:20 PM EDT

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Whatever bad blood there was between agent Scott Boras and the Diamondbacks over the Willie Bloomquist situation was short-lived, as Scott Miller of reports that Arizona has re-signed the veteran utility man to a two-year, $3.8 million contract.

Boras said earlier this week that the Diamondbacks were upset with Bloomquist for declining his half of a $1.1 million mutual option for 2012, so they acted quickly to re-sign fellow utility man John McDonald to a two-year deal instead. Or as Boras put it: “They got emotional and they went out and signed a guy who hit .169.”

Now that “guy who hit.169” is Bloomquist’s teammate again.

And ultimately Bloomquist was obviously smart to decline the $1.1 million option, because he got a 72 percent salary bump and an extra year of guaranteed money at age 34. Must have been the .657 OPS.

Bloomquist was pushed into regular action at shortstop this year because of Stephen Drew‘s injury, but the plan for 2012 likely involves him filling a more typical bench role. McDonald is now somewhat redundant, although his value is almost strictly from middle infield defense whereas Bloomquist is at least a somewhat useful hitter and will be used all over the diamond. Still, that’s a lot of money to invest in a pair of banjo-hitting mid-30s utility men.

  1. Kyle - Nov 9, 2011 at 12:26 PM

    When you can sign two guys who provide almost identical underwhelming abilities and performance, you just have to do it.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Nov 9, 2011 at 7:57 PM

      Johnny Mac may be underwhelming at the plate (at best) but he is one of the best defensive players around

  2. sknut - Nov 9, 2011 at 12:28 PM

    It must be good to be Boras.

  3. paperlions - Nov 9, 2011 at 12:36 PM

    Wow. It’s like they signed Punto and Theriot. Obviously, they are headed for the WS….all Bloomquist knows is that when he was playing SS, they were in first place.

  4. singingfriar - Nov 9, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    Wow. Boras wins again. Way to go, Kevin Towers.

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