Contract review Series…

We will be taking a look at the current contracts of most of the Cardinal players. We will dissect it and determine if we are at VALUE, UNDERVALUE, or OVERVALUE on the contract and then look at some of the perks the player has thrown in..

Today;s contract discussion: Scott Rolen Scott Rolen

Scott Rolen 3b
8 years/$90M (2003-10)

  • signed extension 9/02
  • $5M signing bonus
  • 03:$7M, 04:$8M, 05:$11M, 06:$11M, 07:$12M, 08:$12M, 09:$12M, 10:$12M
  • $10M deferred ($2M/year from 2003 to 2007)
  • full no-trade clause
  • performance bonuses: $50,000 each for Gold Glove & All Star selection
  • rejected Philadelphia’s 10 year/$140M offer 2/02, traded 7/02
  • 1 year/$8.6M (2002), avoided arbitration 1/02
  • 4 years/$10M (1998-2001) (Philadelphia) signed 3/98
  • 1 year/$0.175M (1997)
  • drafted 1993 (2-46)
  • agents: Levinson brothers, ACES
  • ML service: 10.060

DISCUSSION: At the time of the contract it appeared a good deal for the Cardinals. No one can predict injuries and such and with that time that Rolen has been on the DL I would have to say we are paying him OVER MARKET VALUE.

$12 million can buy a lot of #3-4-5 type pitchers. Scott is still the best defensive third baseman but doesn’t warrant that kind of contract.

The NO TRADE clause really hampers us. In other words, we are STUCK with him even if we don’t want him through 2010.


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