Well, that didn't take long. Barely a couple of hours after Mark Reynolds has left the building, Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the team has signed Melvin Mora to a two-year, $4 million deal. However, Nick Piecoro tweets that "Mora will get a little more than $2 million on one-year deal with Dbacks" and this appears to be the case, with Rosenthal subsequently correcting his post, to one year and $2.4 million.
I'm somewhat startled and a little disturbed by this one. Mora has barely been better than replacement level the past couple of seasons, posting B-R.com WAR of 0.4 and 0.1 in 2009 and 2010, for Baltimore and Colorado respectively. He'll also have turned 39 by Opening Day, so doesn't seem likely he'll get much better. Don't we have someone - anyone? - in-house who could give us that sort of production, for close to league minimum? If it's the one-year deal Piecoro reckons, I can perhaps understand - but if Rosenthal is right, and he's going to be an everyday player in 2012, or even part of a platoon, it doesn't seem to bode well for our chances of competing.
There's certainly now no shortage of players we have who can play third-base, between Mora, Geoff Blum and Sean Burroughs. Maybe we're trying to corner the market? Less facetiously, we have one left-hander (Burroughs), a switch-hitter (Blum) and a rightie (Mora), so one can presume there is some kind of platoon being planned in the desert. The bad news is, they all pretty much sucked last season, combining for -0.1 WAR. Assuming the salary for Blum is equally split over his two-year deal, we'll be paying the trio a total of somewhere round about $3.8 million next season. That's a lot, for a platoon at or near replacement level.