Erin Henderson’s tenure at MLB may be over before it really began. On Monday the Vikings brought in a potentially more appealing option at that position, signing former Packer Desmond Bishop to a one-year deal. The contract is believed to be worth $1.5 million with incentives pushing it to $2 million. Bishop missed all of last year with a torn hamstring and was cut by the Packers earlier this month.
This feels like a typical Rick Spielman low-risk veteran signing. Bishop, like Geoff Schwartz last year, is coming off a missed season due to injury. Unlike Schwartz, Bishop had multiple teams after him. But judging by the final contract length and numbers it doesn’t seem that the bidding got very heated.
And where does this leave Erin Henderson? Sources say Henderson will still have a chance to compete at MLB. Bishop is expected to be in the mix at both the middle and weak-side backer positions. If Bishop is indeed recovered from his hamstring injury, he should provide a better answer at the Mike than Henderson who has played exclusively at Will since becoming a starter.
Rookie Gerald Hodges is also in the mix. Somewhere. Just don’t ask me where.