Day one's signings are typically guys that have been offered their demands by one team and one team only. There are usually some very good values to be had. Here are today's top signings -
Wade Redmond SP, Boston - 2 yrs, $13 million
Analysis - Redmond stays in the division, movign from Philly to Boston. He's 180-167 with an ERA of 4.25 and a WHIP of 1.36 over 15 ML seasons and has appeared in one All-star game. He should fit into a very good Boston rotation as a #3 or #4 SP. He should be productive for both seasons.
Butch Jordan CF, San Antonio - 2 yrs, $10.8 million
Analysis - Jordan has batted .294 with 217 homers and 779 RBI's in 10 ML seasons. He has appeared in 3 all-star games, with one WS ring and one Silver Slugger. He is an average defensive CF with suspect range and a very good glove. Good value and a nice pick-up for San Antonio.
Marc Fielder, SP, New Orleans - 2 yrs, $10.8 million
Analysis - A great pick-up. Fielder is the #3 SP on the market, according to Maddie's. He is 131-87 with an ERA of 4.26 and a WHIP 1.34 of over 14 ML seasons and has one WS ring. He will join a nice rotation led by Cy Young J.R. Beckett. He stacks up well agasinst Redmond and is $2 million cheaper.
Adrian Reed SP, Memphis - 3 yrs $16.2 million
Analysis - Reed is 178-137 over 12 ML seasons with an ERA of 4.18 and a WHIP of 1.29, which represent the best for both categories of those on this list. He has appeared in 2 all-star games and has one WS ring. Should be a #3 SP and, with Clarke and Patterson, form a very good 1,2,3 top of the rotation.
Jonathan Eiland SP, San Antonio - 1 yr, $5.4 million
Analysis - 125-81 over 12 ML seasons with an ERA of 4.26 and a WHIP of 1.34. He has appeared in one all-star game. Joins a team in need of SP's and is a very good signing for one year. Should hold down the #2 or #3 spot, with San Antonio seemingly not done adding FA's.