Rays Notes: Crawford, Baldelli, Wheeler

Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times has the latest on the Rays’ moves today.  The first two were expected.

  • Carl Crawford‘s $8.25MM option for ’09 was exercised.  The Rays still have a $10MM club option for ’10 that is highly likely to be exercised.  After that, it’s anyone’s guess.
  • The Rays chose Rocco Baldelli‘s $4MM buyout over his $6MM option.  It’s a sad situation but it had to be done.
  • Dan Wheeler was signed to an extension.  His ’08 contract was replaced; the new three-year deal runs through 2010 and is worth $10.5MM.  He would’ve been a free agent after the season; think of it as a two-year, $6.7MM extension.  It’s not a bargain for the 30 year-old, whose 5.30 ERA in ’07 was worse than his 3.5 K/BB would indicate.  He’ll need to return to his 2005-06 level to be worth the money.   

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