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Catcher Buck close to Marlins deal

Posted on: November 16, 2010 3:43 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 12:08 pm
 
John Buck
The Marlins made finding a starting catcher one of their top offseason priorities, and it looks like they've quickly addressed that need. They are on the brink of a three-year deal with Blue Jays free agent John Buck, Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com has confirmed.

Florida got just a .226/.289/.338 line out of six catchers last season. Ronny Paulino, who played the most games (85), had his season end because of a failed drug test. His suspension extends into the first part of next season, and it sounds like he could be on the outs with the organization. The other three catchers the Marlins used most gave them nothing at the plate: Brad Davis (.204), Brett Hayes (.211) and John Baker (.213).

Buck, 30, was picked up off Kansas City's scrap heap last winter on a one-year contract and had an All-Star season, batting .281 with 20 homers and 66 RBI.

The Jays were afraid he would end up out of their price range, and traded Colorado for Miguel Olivo two weeks ago, though they promptly made the curious move of declining his $2.5 million 2011 option. We'll see whether the Jays start negotiating in earnest with Olivo at this point, because they need a veteran to help J.P. Arencibia break in next season.

UPDATE: The Sun-Sentinel is reporting that the deal is worth $15-20 million. That's huge money for the Marlins, and huge money for a guy who batted .235 with an on-base percentage under .300 for six seasons prior to 2010. The Marlins certainly had a huge need at catcher, and Buck was one of the better options, but you can understand why the Jays bailed out on the bidding.

-- David Andriesen

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Since: Nov 7, 2010
Posted on: November 17, 2010 3:08 pm
 

V-Martinez open champagne

6 mil to Buck means 20 mil a year to Victor...(i would like to be the agent of V-Mart)


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Since: Mar 5, 2010
Posted on: November 17, 2010 2:34 pm
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Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: November 17, 2010 10:31 am
 

Catcher Buck close to Marlins deal

Also, Buck is a 1-2 year stop in Florida. When Baker comes back in 2012, Buck will be dealt and the Fish will be bringing up top prospect catcher Kyle Skipworth around the end of 2012.



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: November 17, 2010 10:28 am
 

Catcher Buck close to Marlins deal

Its not a salary dump. They offered Dan Uggla a big contract. The Marlins are on probation and could lose draft picks if they don't use revenue shared. This is why they had to sign John Buck. Buck kinda benefitted since the Fish had to fill that 6 million with Uggla, Cantu, Ross, and Paulino's contract out the door. I think they still need ~$4 million to stay within the range of what the MLBPA agreement was.


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Since: Nov 17, 2010
Posted on: November 17, 2010 9:07 am
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Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: November 17, 2010 12:06 am
 

Catcher Buck close to Marlins deal

A career year in a tough AL East means good things in a much weaker NL East for Buck.  He won't put up Dan Uggla type numbers, but he will be solid for them.



Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: November 16, 2010 11:54 pm
 

Catcher Buck close to Marlins deal

seems like not enough back for Uggla, Infante is old, played well when Prado got hurt but still.  They must think Mike Dunn is awesome.  I think it was a for gone conclusion that Uggla was leaving, after all that crap with Hanley last year, I believe Uggla was just saying that he wanted to stay so he didnt look like the bad guy.  If your gonna trade Uggla within the division, that's not enough.  Thats why the Jays were asking for the world when the Yanks and Sox wanted Halladay, we were ok with shipping him to the NL...however this move just reeks of Loria and his patented salary dump.



Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: November 16, 2010 11:50 pm
 

Catcher Buck close to Marlins deal

I hope that the Jays give Arencibia the job with Molina as the back up....take the picks from Buck and Olivo, thats why they picked him up.



Since: Jun 14, 2009
Posted on: November 16, 2010 10:12 pm
 

Catcher Buck close to Marlins deal

So they trade a 2nd baseman who's basically a lock for 30 HRs every year and go out and pay a ton of money for someone who had one good year.



Since: Dec 23, 2007
Posted on: November 16, 2010 7:54 pm
 

Catcher Buck close to Marlins deal

good thing for the blu jays they dumped this guy... he can not keep up after a career year....next year he'll get hurt and the marlins are out a bunch of cash...<br />



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