Big money contracts rule the offseason and rumor circuit, which is why Ben Nicholson-Smith recently recapped the 20 biggest free agent deals of the offseason. Three players signed for $100MM+, four others signed for $50MM+, and five others signed for $30MM+. Not everyone is that lucky though.
As MLBTR's Free Agent Tracker shows, a total of 15 players have signed guaranteed one-year contracts worth less than a million bucks this winter. That does not include minor league contracts, incentives, or option years. As Spring Training draws closer, you can expect to see more players added to this pool. Here's a list of those 15 players, sorted by highest contract value to lowest...
- Dustin Moseley: $900K with the Padres.
- Joel Peralta: $900K with the Rays.
- Fred Lewis: $900K with the Reds.
- Matt Albers: $880K with the Red Sox.
- Matt Treanor: $850K with the Rangers.
- Jorge Cantu: $850K with the Padres.
- Wil Nieves: $775K with the Brewers.
- Brian Tallet: $750K with the Cardinals.
- Ryan Rowland-Smith: $720K with the Astros.
- Justin Duchscherer: $700K with the Orioles.
- Nick Punto: $700K with the Cardinals.
- Tony Gwynn Jr.: $675K with the Dodgers.
- Jay Gibbons: $650K with the Dodgers.
- Taylor Buchholz: $600K with the Mets.
- Scott Olsen: $500K with the Pirates.
All but Treanor, Cantu, Punto, Duchscherer, and Gibbons were non-tendered. Moseley, Albers, Nieves, Rowland-Smith, Gwynn, and Buchholz all remain under team control beyond 2011 as arbitration-eligible players.