On this date: 1978
Pete Rose with new teammate Larry Bowa
(AP Photo/Bill Ingraham)
Pete Rose leaves the Reds after 16 seasons and signs a 4-year, $3.2M free agent deal with the Phillies. Rose becomes the highest paid player in team sports.
Here is what Sports Illustrated said of the deal at the time:
The dramatic deal in which Pete Rose moved from the Cincinnati Reds to the Philadelphia Phillies is still sending ripples through baseball, from the hot stove to the bank vault. The transaction has been widely discussed since it was announced last Dec. 3, but one aspect that hasn't attracted much analysis has to do with the crucial role that television played in making it all happen.
More on the Rose signing from Philly.com
How about this 1979 commercial?
And this one
Baker: Hamilton 'has a few things to learn about baseball' before promotion
When asked about him at the winter meetings on Monday, manager Dusty Baker put up a stop sign, saying Hamilton's transition from the infield to center field, along with other factors, might delay his arrival in the majors.
Reds' young arms a priority
John Fay, Enquirer
Bailey is eligible for arbitration for the second time, Latos for the first. In order for the Reds to compete, they are going to have to control their payroll cost by signing up their young talent long-term.
Sheldon: Reds working to reach deal with Ludwick.
Cross Victorino off the list......3 years, $39M with Red Sox
Last night on Twitter, CBS Sports MLB guy C.Trent Rosecrans, wondered what it would take for a team to acquire Jacoby Ellsbury in a trade. The Red Sox have signed Victorino and Jonny Gomes this off-season. Ellsbury has been on my lead off candidate list this off-season. He would fill the CF/lead off void and fit a one year bridge to Billy Hamilton. He could use 2013 to boost his free agent stock for 2014. He's a Scott Boras guy. Boras used the Reds for a landing spot for Ryan Madson. Here are the issues: Ellsbury figures to get $10+M in arbitration this off-season. That's big money, but one year would make it easier to swallow, But, he'd be a one year rental at the cost of player(s) to go with the $10+M. Plus, can he stay healthy? Can't see Reds rolling those dice.
Victorino deals adds fuel to Ellsbury trade talks
the Red Sox could think bigger by dangling Ellsbury, who may net a more significant return. It’s a plausible scenario. Victorino has the arm to play right field, but he’s a three-time Gold Glove center fielder. And a few viable outfield options remain on the free agent market, including Cody Ross.
Age 30, LH, '12 contract: $8.05M
Contract: Headed to arbitration again, FA after '13
2012: 74 games, .271/.313/.370/.682
'11: .321, 32 HR, 105 RBI, 2nd MVP voting
Career: vs RHP .298/.350, vs LHP .296/.349
Gold Glove 2011. Led AL SB '08-'09 with 50, 70
Injuries: 18 games played '10, 74 games '12
Scott Boras client. Red Sox need starting pitching.
Former Musketeer Jordan Crawford scored 22 points as the Wizard stunned the Heat last night.