Ex-Dodger Casey Blake gets one-year deal with Rockies
Of course, the Dodgers hope it doesn’t work out too well after Blake signed a one-year, $2-million, non-guaranteed contract with Colorado. Performance bonuses could add another million.
Still, it’s hard not to wish anything but the best for Blake, who was a standout person and, when healthy, a standout player for the Dodgers the last 3½ seasons. Of course, the problem got to be keeping him healthy.
He’s 38 and coming off his worst and most trying season. He went on the disabled list three times before undergoing neck surgery.
Blake made it clear even at the end of last season, however, that he still wanted to play. A non-guaranteed contract could prove to be a nice deal for the Rockies, who are without an experienced starting third baseman and are looking at 21-year-old Jordan Pacheco.
Blake is not someone they can count on to play every day, but at minimum he could provide a nice right-handed power bat in a left-handed-heavy lineup.
And come back to haunt the Dodgers.
-- Steve Dilbeck
Photo: Casey Blake. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times