San Diego Signs Cliff Floyd
Slugging outfielder Cliff Floyd isn't done quite yet.
An oft-injured team leader, Floyd is on the move again, this time heading to Southern California after signing a one-year deal with the Padres. According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the major league deal (no minor league component) will pay Floyd less than $1 million, despite a relatively successful 2008 in Tampa Bay -- Floyd posted a .268 batting average with a .348 on-base percentage. (For what it's worth, ESPN's Jayson Stark has the same story on Floyd's contract) He earned $2.75 million for that deal, so his 2009 salary is a pretty steep drop.
Part of the reason for that financial decline may be connected to Floyd's World Series injury. The outfielder suffered a partially torn labrum in his shoulder during the Fall Classic, and while he should be back to relatively full health by now, any kind of an injury concern will surely scare suitors off when it comes to a player as injury prone as Floyd.
The writing was on the wall for Floyd in Tampa Bay when the Rays signed former Phillie Pat Burrell, which came a couple months after the Rays declined a $2.75 million option for Floyd. Burrell's definitely an upgrade over Floyd in Tampa, but this may not be a bad option for Floyd to resuscitate his career yet again. He'll get plenty of at-bats in San Diego and, if he can stay healthy, may prove that he still has a few years left in his bat.
The comments to this entry are closed.