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Friday, January 7, 2011

Free Agency Signings - Day 4

Day four is where some of the best deals are made. Here are some of them:

Ramon Chen - SP - Hartford, 5 years, $62.5 million with a mutual option for the last year

Analysis - Basically the same deal that Philip Colin got with Durham, 4 years and $50 million. He is a very good, inning eating, 3-time all-star with elite durability, health, and stamina. He also has a good chance at being the career leader in innings pitched. Like Colin, this a a very good deal for 2, maybe 3 years, and will have some dead money most likely in year 4. A good deal.

Alex Encarnacion - RP - Buffalo, 2 years, $10 million

Analysis - Signings like this one make Buffalo one of the elite teams in the league. Encarnacion is very good. His durability is a little low, but every other rating screams top notch reliever. The career numbers are distorted a bit by his one year in Colorado, but he should thrive in Dunn Tire Park. A very good signing.

Troy Whitehill - RP - Rochester, 2 years, $6.6 million

Analysis - Another Type A RP picked up late on the cheap, Whitehall compares favorably to Encarnacion in the stats department, but comes up a little short on the ratings side. However, he's cheaper and is no slouch. The blog likes this signing.

Angel Bonilla - CF - Durham, 2 years, $4.8 million

Analysis - Bonilla is a guy that always seems to be available at the end of FA. He's a plus CF in the field with plenty of pop at the plate. He does have a somewhat suspect arm, but should find a home at the homer freindly park in Durham. I'm biased, but he is a very good buy.

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