- RHP Alfredo Miranda (SEA; 4/$24.0M)
A good deal on a RP who is going to be dominant when he makes appearances and although his DUR is low, his STA will allow him to pitch multiple innings when he does pitch.
- LHP Nick Offerman (HON; 5/$78.2M)
Paid an awful lot of money for Offerman, but he’s a RP who can dominate batters for 90+ games and 140+ innings. He’s only 31, so he should have plenty of dominant seasons left.
- RHP Spud Clarke (ARI; 2/$23.0M)
Clarke is going to give you some innings and some very good innings at that, but is he worth $11.5M/year?
- RHP Abdul Helton (LOU; 1/$5.2M)
Helton is a great addition to any bullpen, but his DUR/STA combination is going to hold him back some from fulfilling his true potential. LOU overpaid to get him in their BP.
- RHP Steve Hudek (CH2; 2/$13.6M)
Although Hudek has low STA, his DUR will allow him to make multiple appearances. This is a very good signing.
- LHP Sal Baker (ARI; 2/$13.2M)
Although Sal projects as a LR, he’s a very good LR. He’ll give you innings and be a shutdown RP to bridge the gap from the starter to the CL.
- LHP Mark Bang (unsigned)
- RHP Logan Putnam (ATL; 2/$10.1M)
Putnam’s splits aren’t as good as one would like, but his other talents more than make up for that and he should really help out Atlanta.
- RHP Gill Bechler (RIC; 3/$7.6M)
To be able to get away with paying Bechler an average of ~$2.5M/year is highway robbery. Even though he’s not as dominant as others on the listed, he’s still very good.
- RHP Lawrence Schultz (CLE; 1/$3.2M)
RP are a fickle bunch, one season they are dominant and the next they stink…This signing protects CLE from having this happen to them.
- RF Javier Lucano (NO; 4/$19.2M)
The best position player in FA, Lucano has a strong arm, hits for contact and has a good eye. His deficiency is LHP. Actually paid less for a better (IMO) RF.
- LHP Norberto Dotel (PHI; 5/$57.5M)
This is a good deal as Dotel still has some years left to contribute and shouldn’t start a decline for a while. If he does decline, he’ll be hard to move.
- RF Bruce Cambridge (CH2; 3/$21.0M)
A little more power, and better against LHP than #11 Lucano, Cambridge gives way to him based on an eye that is not quite as sharp.
- RHP Joseph Lee (ATL; 2/$9.9M)
Lee is older, and isn’t as dominant as he could be, but he’s still good and has 2 good pitches that help him to offset his splits.
- 1B Torey Acosta (LOU; 1/$1.1M)
To get the #1 1B at $1.4M below his asking price is a pretty good deal. He doesn’t hit for the prototypical power, but he should make lots of contact and reach base a lot.
- LHP Milt Benton (unsigned)
- RHP Brian Zhou (unsigned)
- LHP Mark Tomko (unsigned)
- LHP Michael Fischer (unsigned)
- RHP Howard Lyon (LA; 1/$4.2M)
Has the stamina and durability combination to be able to survive as a SP, but would likely provide more impact out of the bullpen. Still a very good pitcher at a reasonable price.
- RHP Pablo Cruz (CLB; 1/$1.9M)
A solid pitcher who has two very good pitches and superior control. Lacks great stamina. The price was right here though.
- 1B Morgan Johnson (MNT; 5/$23.5M)
Doesn’t have the prototypical power that you look for at 1B, nor great contact to offset that, but he drives the ball well and can work the count.
- LHP Johnny Burks (ARI; 1/$2.8M)
He’d be higher if he had better pitches, but his splits should still help make him close to dominant.
- LHP Fonzie Becker (JAC; 5/$81.0M)
The #2 SP on the market, Becker got paid. The question is when and how bad his decline will be. It’s really a 4-year deal with an unlikely to be exercised mutual option.
- RHP Bill Washington (OTT; 1/$4.0M)
A good pitcher, who would likely be a better starter than reliever, he is versatile.
- 1B Bud Sobolewski (LOU; 1/$1.6M)
Lacks the power you look for in a 1B, but has the range to spend some time in LF should the need arise.
- RHP Bobby Davis (unsigned)
- LF Paulie Williams (LOU; 1/$3.2M)
Makes great contact, although the power is a little low for a COF. He has a great eye, but won’t be a great defender.
- LHP John Tomlinson (unsigned)
- 3B Steven Griffin (CSP; 4/$38.0M)
A solid signing as Griffin can field what he gets to and will drive the ball well and hit for some power.
- RHP Carlos Melendez (CLE; 2/$8.0M)
Doesn’t have tremendous control, but is solid across the board.
- LHP Glen Pierce (unsigned)
- SS Karim Mendoza (TEX; 3/$17.4M)
The top SS on the market, Mendoza won’t embarrass himself at the plate and immediately solidifies an important position.
- DH Souta Park (CLE; 3/$17.4M)
Again lacking ideal power, Park will make lots of contact, drive the ball, and reach base…he has the speed to beat out some infield hits too.
- RHP Mark Hara (unsigned)
- SS Robin Scott (JAC; 2/$9.6M)
A good defender, Scott has a little bit of power to go along with his defense.
- SS Charlie Duffy (LA; 2/$4.1M)
Lacks the range to play SS, but should be an exceptional 2B/3B and has some hitting ability to help out too.
- RHP Cliff Torres (unsigned)
- RHP Chris Moeller (PHI; 2/$4.0M)
Won’t walk many, but won’t face many either, Moeller can make an impact when used properly.
- RHP Charles Perez (unsigned)
- LHP Pasquel Romero (unsigned)
- LHP D.J. Quinn (CSP; 1/$3.3M)
Great control, does a good job against LHB, his weakness has to be his second pitch.
- SS Cla Jennings (CLE; 2/$7.6M)
Not really a SS, but more of a 2B/3B, he makes some contact and can drive the ball decently.
- LHP Denny Belle (MNT; 5/$34.0M)
One of the top 5 starting pitchers really got paid. His splits are worrisome as he doesn’t seem to have the pitches to overcome them.
- LHP Andres Alonso (unsigned)
- SS Jared Gran (LA; 1/$4.0M)
He makes good contact and is alright at driving the ball, but he doesn’t have the overall defensive talent to cut it at SS.
- SS Mark Ishii (unsigned)
- 1B Hunter Sizemore* (unsigned)
- 1B George Borbon (unsigned)
- CF Chipper Easley (LOU; 1/$2.9M)
Tremendous range to go along with good contact, solid ability to drive the ball, and a good eye. Major downgrade here for the atrocious glove.
Friday, August 12, 2011
Top 50 Free Agents
Posted by BRIAN at 7:56 AM