More details on the John Thomson contract: it’s 500k guaranteed, but he gets $1.5m if he makes the Opening Day roster and it could go as high as $4m. Also, he slagged Paul Lo Duca as being one of the reasons he didn’t want to go to New York.
Mark Mulder re-signed with the Cardinals, getting $13m over 2 years.
They also signed RYAN FRANKLIN to a one year, $1m deal. If you remember, when Franklin signed with the Phillies, we laughed it up – it was a spectacularly bad fit for them and for Franklin, who to be decent needs a spacious park and a good outfield defense. It was a clear case where he took a big one-time payout over a more modest contract somewhere that might have made him look better and allowed him to collect more money for longer… and look! It happened! Even Joel Pineiro got $4m from the Red Sox, and he pitched all season with a giant fork sticking out of his back.