Emil Brown Signs With A's
The A's signed 33 year-old outfielder Emil Brown to a one-year deal today. Terms are not yet known; Brown made $3.45MM in 2007.
Mychael Urban's sources say the Brown signing is linked to Oakland's likely Mark Kotsay trade, a deal that might be finalized on Monday.
Brown had a dreadful '07, slumping to .257/.300/.347 in 113 games. Before that, though, he posted a respectable .800+ OPS in 2005-06. The KC Star recently summed up Brown's Royals career, including the pellet gun incident.
Brown would probably be best implemented as a pinch-hitter, because he's virtually a guarantee to never repeat his 2005-06 performance again. It's been my knowledge that late-blooming ballplayers tend to fall abruptly after a brief peak. In this case, Brown is no different. According to what I've read, Beane has secured Brown with a $1.2MM contract. For the 33-year old, that sounds about correct. However, as I stated, his days as a productive every day player are likely over.
Au revoir, Emil.
(Picture courtesy of Royales With Cheese. Thanks, RWC!)