Hi guys, I'm a Rays fan (as the name implies), and I have some questions about Casey Blake and his situation with the Indians.
First, I noticed a post talking about Blake possibly being a Type A free agent. However, do you think it is likely that Blake would accept an offer of arbitration? He makes $6.1 million this year, and would likely make at least that much if he went to arbitration. I just can't see him getting $6.5-7 million per year on the open market.
Second, what type of return do you guys think Shapiro would be looking for for Blake? Would it be mostly a salary dump/roster space move, with a couple of low-mid level prospects, or would Shapiro try to get a really solid prospect?
Third, I don't know much about Blake other than his offensive stats. How is his defense, especially in RF? And how is he regarded as a teammate/clubhouse presence?
Thanks in advance!