Contract Review- Russ Springer

Among the team’s major offseason decisions is whether to sign Russ Springer, who can become a free agent, and was part of the late-inning delegation that protected the leads into the ninth.

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“I’m not going to take a hometown discount, but I’m not going to take them to the cleaners, either,” Springer said. “If they offer me something fair, then I’ll be more than happy to come back. This organization has a reputation of being fair and hopefully everything will work out.”

Springer

Russ Springer p
1 year/$1.75M (2007)

  • signed as a free agent 12/06
  • performance bonuses: $50,000 each for 35, 40, 45, 50, 55 g
  • award bonuses: $0.1M for Rolaids award ($50,000 for 2nd place, $25,000 for 3rd), $50,000 each for All Star selection, Gold Glove, LDS, LCS or WS MVP
  • 1 year/$0.75M (2006), re-signed as a free agent 11/05
  • 1 year (2005)

    • contract purchased 4/05
    • re-signed as a free agent 12/04 (minor-league contract)
  • ML service: 11.128

I would like to sign him to a respectable contract. But, if you remember at the trading deadline Russ was throwing around the thought that if the Cardinals traded him he would retire. It is his desire to stay in St. Louis due to the wonderful schooling his special needs child was receiving.

I don’t like the contradiction. I won’t take the hometown discount…..blah blah blah…. but don’t trade me or I will quit. Come on Russ, make up your mind…. Want to stay or not? Let’s find a contract we both can live with.

I liked your work for the Cardinals and I would love to see you stay. Let’s say 1 yr for $2.5 milĀ  ?