Saturday, August 14, 2010
Lazy Saturday Night Links
By Ian Hunter
Almost out of nowhere, the Blue Jays officially announced a contract extension for Ricky Romero to the tune of $30.1 million dollars over five years. That locks Romero up all the way through 2015 with a club option for 2016.
Romero also has the distinction of being awarded the largest contract for a pitcher with less than two years of service time. Although Ricky hasn't quite completed his second season in the majors, I think it was a wise move Alex Anthopoulos to hold off on giving Romero an extension to see if he'd have a sophomore slump.
Need I remind folks what happened when the Blue Jays rewarded the 2002 Rookie of the Year Eric Hinske to a fat contract after his breakout inaugural season.
With 52 starts and 331 innings logged over the past two seasons, I think the Blue Jays have a pretty good idea what Ricky Romero is capable of. Good on management to lock up a key member of the starting rotation for the next five years.
Speaking of franchise players, did you know that Vernon Wells is only one of 11 players in baseball who has played with the same organization for 10 years or more? I answered some questions about Vernon Wells over at The Sports Journalists for their piece on MLB's Lifers.
While not necessarily a link, I thought I'd share an interesting encounter I had at a local watering hole from last night. There was a band playing and I happened to notice the lead singer was wearing a B.J. Ryan Blue Jays shirt. After their set, I approached him and said "it takes balls to wear a B.J. Ryan shirt".
We took solace in the fact that The Beej is still being paid $10 million dollars this year, and then reminisced about other Blue Jays from days gone by like Troy Glaus and Eric Hinske.
I told him the Atlanta Braves were definitely going to the World Series this year because they have the only player who has played in all three of the previous fall classics.