JUPITER -- The Marlins saved at least $12 million by trading Kevin Gregg, Josh Willingham, Scott Olsen and Mike Jacobs, four arbitration-eligible players who have all signed with their new teams. Willingham was the last member of that alumni group to have his contract resolved when he and the Nationals settled Wednesday for $2.95 million.
The ink is also dry on Gregg (Cubs, $4.2 million), Olsen (Nationals, $2.8 million) and Jacobs (Royals, $3.25 million). The Jacobs deal proves once again that power pays. The one-dimensional first baseman (bad fielder, slow runner, low on-base percentage) clearly benefitted from the jetstream effect with his 32 home runs last season, nearly double his previous season's output. .