Well, he’s back, and that’s about all the excitement I can muster at this time. It’s 1 year, $4M, with a club option for $6M or a $2M buyout. There are two things I’m hoping:
1) $4M is not a lot of money and certainly not a lot of money for a starting RF. With this and the timing, Nick was given an opportunity to find a job as a starter, was unsuccessful, and he’s agreed to an abbreviated role with Atlanta.
2) We’re saving money to add somewhere else.
As it sits, the payroll is around $113M. If the season started today, that would be around the 22nd ranked payroll in baseball. In other words, that’s “pitchforks” territory. I’m certainly not excited about this so much as anyone can be excited about $4M spent on major league baseball players, but if he’s getting 300 PAs against righties in some sort of LF/RF role with someone else getting the bulk of PAs in RF, then I can live with this.
This probably isn’t the last outfielder we acquire. This probably isn’t the highest amount we will pay a player acquired this calendar year. But we were promised something better than the 22nd ranked payroll in baseball, and on January 22nd, we are not yet there. We’re running out of places to spend it though.