Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Rays free agents have earned $213 million this offseason
Posted Jan 14, 2011 by Roger Mooney
Updated Jan 14, 2011 at 12:37 AM
Carl Crawford isn’t the only former Ray to receive a big payday this offseason
BY ROGER MOONEY
Not a bad offseason for Rays free agents, huh?
Add Rafael Soriano’s three-year deal with the Yankees that could be as rich as $35 million to the pot and the eight players from the 2010 squad who left via free agency will collect $213 million dollars over the life of their contracts, which are a combined 19 years.
And that doesn’t include incentive bonuses.
OK, Carl Crawford’s mega 7-year, $142 million contract with the Red Sox kind of knocks the numbers out of whack, but still, all eight players who signed with other teams have done well for themselves.
And that’s not including Willy Aybar, Grant Balfour, Chad Qualls and Lance Cormier, who remain unsigned (though Qualls is reported to be close to a deal with the Padres) or J.P. Howell, who re-signed with the Rays.
Here’s the tally:
Joaquin Beniot, 3 years, $16.5 million from the Tigers
Randy Choate, 2 years, $2.5 million from the Marlins
Carl Crawford, 7 years, $142 million from the Red Sox
Brad Hawpe, 1 year, $3 million from the Padres
Dioner Navarro, 1 year, $1 million from the Dodgers
Carlos Peña, 1 year, $10 million from the Cubs
Rafael Soriano, 3 years, $35 million from the Yankees
Dan Wheeler, 1 year, $3 million from the Red Sox