Rays improve with Burrell
Burrell has agreed in principle to a two-year, $16 million contract with the Rays, sources told ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney on Monday. The deal is pending a physical.
In Tampa Bay, the longtime left fielder would be the designated hitter. Burrell batted .250 with 33 homers with the Phillies last season.
Burrell's signing with the Rays increases the likelihood that the Oakland Athletics will be the front-runners to sign Jason Giambi.
I'm sure it's tough for Burrell to take a huge pay cut despite coming off a pretty good season. Same goes for Giambi (who made $21 million last year) and the rest of them (Raul Ibanez notwithstanding).
But the sport isn't (and shouldn't) be run for the benefit of the players. Rather, baseball should be run for the benefit of itself, and the sport benefits on some fundamental level when players are properly and appropriately valued. And I believe we're seeing more proper valuations this winter than we've seen at any point in the past 30 years.