Brian Jordan - OF - Texas Rangers Dec 27
Rangers signed outfielder Brian Jordan, who had been with the Dodgers, to a one-year, $1.375 million contract with a mutual option for 2005.
Jordan's 2004 base salary is $1.25 million, but he can earn $50,000 bonuses for 400, 450, 500, 550 and 599 plate appearances. In addition, he would get $125,000 if he is traded or has 650 plate appearances. The 2005 mutual option is worth $4 million and contains a $125,000 buyout.
1 year, $1.25 million, not a bad gamble.
I've been trying to figure this out, and the only thing I can come up with is that Hicks must be looking to trade for pitching. Doesn't make sense to keep signing hitters unless you plan on unloading one or two of guys for pitching. We'll see.