The Slammers lured Simon away from the Arizona franchise with a 4-year, $35.2 million deal, and who could blame them? Though Simon is not the pitcher he once was back in seasons 5, 6, 7, and 8, Simon is still a force to be reckoned with. Last season, with Vegas, he put up a 3.03 ERA while holding opposing batters to a .247 average. His velocity is not what it used to be, but Simon still has very good control of his pitches. The combination of his 4-seam fast ball and change-up will continue to stifle the opposition.
After having spent ten seasons with only two teams in his career, Surhoff decided to bolt from the city of brotherly love out to Buffalo, having signed a five-year, $49.3 million deal with the Bisons. Averaging just under 28 home runs a year and 86 RBI over the last six seasons, Surhoff was sure to be a highly sought after free agents.
Philadelphia GM "robinhood410" commented on the loss of Surhoff:
" It is a sad day in Philadelphia, as management has decided not to match Buffalo's offer for long-time Wings centerfielder, Clayton Surhoff ," commented hood. "Surhoff has patrolled centerfield at Citizens Bank Ballpark for 5 years now and has been one of the best players in the history of the franchise. He will be missed, but the whole organization wishes him the best of luck on his new team."
Commented Buffalo GM "hooner65", "too bad, so sad."
Much like the Seattle Supersonics, Floyd bolted from the Northwest for a better deal, joining the Dover Destroyers with a four-year, $32 million deal.
"After the Sonics left, I knew it was time to go", said sharkyaz... er... Felix Floyd. "There was more money to be made, and I had to make the best decision for my family."
Floyd pitches well against right-handed batters, and features a two-pitch arsenal. With his high durability and health rating, along with his almost superior control, Floyd is a welcomed addition to the Destroyers.
Holdridge signed a three-year, $24 million deal with the Salem Sleepers. Holdridge has held opponents to under .250 batting average in six of his ten seasons, After suffering an injury that put him on the 60-day DL, Holdridge is seeing some improvement in his 4-seam fastball. Holdridge will continue to work towards full recovery from his injury this season.