I've grown weary of the Pujols-palooza. Real weary. So I wanted to mention a team that I think has quietly been making some very good, albeit not splashy, moves. Yep, that's right. The Pittsburgh Pirates
- Early in the offseason, they signed Clint Barmes to a two-year $10.5 million dollar contract. Barmes will never be a game-changer, but he has always been a solid player, and he will slot in as their everyday shortstop. Given where it looks like the shortstop market is headed, what I initially thought was too much money could turn out to be a bargain.
- Then, during the winter meetings, they signed two high-upside players for low-cost one-year deals in Nate McClouth ($1.75 million) who used to be a Pirate, and Erik Bedard ($4.5 million).
Like I said, nothing splashy, but they are efficiently filling holes, as they add to a talented young nucleus.
By the way, as I am typing this, the news just broke that Albert is singing with the Angels for ten years, between $250-$260 million. There will be a post up with reaction sometime later today, after some of the dust settles.