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Saturday, April 9, 2011

FA Day 3

Some big money spent on day 3, including the follwoing:

Louie Delgado 2B Pittsburgh 5 yrs, #102 million

Analysis - As a 30 yrd old former MVP, Delgado was sure to certain to earn a very large contract. While many thought he might get a maximum contract, he fell $8 million shy of the mark. He has batted .300 with 446 homers and 1170 RBI's in 10 ML seasons. He is a below average CF and an average 2B. He has won 2 MVP's, appeared in 4 all-star games, and has 2 rings. Should contribute at a very high level for all 5 years.

Garry Francis Montgomery, 5 yrs $63.5 million with a no-trade clause

Analysis - Francis is a 31 yr old 3B that has hit 269 homers and knocked in 837 runs in 9 ML seasons. He is an outstanding defensive 3B that should produce for all 5 seasons of the contract. He has 3 all-star appearances and has won one silver slugger. A good pick-up for a good team.

T.J. Perez 4 yrs $43 million with a team option for a 5th year at $9 million and a no-trade clause

Analysis - Perez is 104-90 with an ERA of 4.00 and a WHIP of 1.33 and could have been one of the most saught after SP's on the market. He has two rings and no other awards. All signs point to an improved situation for him as he moves to a slightly better pitcher's park. He should be the #1 OR #2 SP for a Montgomery team taht has invested heavily in the FA market.

Andy Jefferson RP, Jacksonville 1 yr, $3 million

Analysis - Holy bullpen! After picking up both Encarnacion and Mathews, Jacksonville adds the S1-S10 all-decase closer to round out the bullpen. Jefferson has saved 536 of 601 games, with an ERA of 3.28 and a WHIP of 1.20 over 13 ML seasons. This is a very good deal for a closer that has shown little decline.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Top FA Signings - Day 2

Day 2 saw some big names come off of the board. They are as follows:

Wilfredo Veras SP Jacksonville, 3 yrs $31 million

Analysis - Veras is a legend in Houston - with 2 Cy Youngs, 7 all-star appearances, 2 gold gloves, and 3 WS rings. He is 241-74 with an ERA of 3.05 and a WHIP of 1.16 over 14 ML seasons. He has started to decline, but should be a top of the rotation SP for 2 more seasons.

Sandy Ramsey SP, Memphis 5 yrs $81 million with a player option

Analysis - So far, this is the biggest singing in terms of total money. Ramsey is only 30 yrs old, so he is sure to produce for every year of the contract. He is 104-77 with an ERA of 4.12 and a WHIP of 1.32 over his 9 ML Sseasons. He has made 2 all-star appearances and has one WS ring.

Miguel Vazquez SP, Jacksonville 4 yrs, $25.2 million with a no-trade clause

Analysis - Vazquez is coming off of a 20-5 NL Cy Young winning campaign. He is 209-157 with an ERA of 3.70 and a WHIP of 1.25 over his 19 ML seasons. He has one Cy Young, 3 all-star appearances, 1 WS ring, and has thrown a perfect game no-hitter. He has begun to decline but should remain elite for one more season


Felipe Encarnacion Jacksonville 3 yrs, $18 million

Analysis - Jacksonville continues their spending spree, grabbing one of the best closers in the game. Encarnacion has saved 471 out of 569 games in 16 ML seasons with an ERA of 3.87 and a WHIP of 1.35. He has appeared in 7 all-star games and has 2Fireman awards. He will likely be the closer for all 3 of his seasons in Jacksonville.

Mo Nunnari 3B Hartford, 4 yrs, $25.6 million

Nunnari joins a very good Hartfors team in need of a bug bat. He has 223 homers and 741 RBI's over 8 ML seasons with an average of .278. He has yet to win an ML award, but should contribute nicely for all years of his contract.

Nicholas Mathews Jacksonville, 1 yr, $5.2 million

Mathews adds to the riches of Jacksonville's FA pitching class. He has saves 244 of 301 games in 14 ML seasons with an ERA of 4.19 and a WHIP of 1.37. He has two Fireman awards and has appeared in 2 all-star games. A good one-year deal with little risk.

Mateo Martinez Memphis, 3 yrs, $12 million

Analysis - Martinez is a steal. He has saves 278 of 316 games with an ERA of 3.03 and a WHIP of 1.10 over 10 ML seasons. He compares favoritively to both Mathews and Encarnacion. He has 1 WS ring to go along with 1 Fireman and 7 all-star appearances. Should be productive for all 3 years.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Jacksonville and Memphis On Spending Sprees

In the first two days of Free Agency, Jacksonville and Memphis are emerging as the big players. Jacksonville has signed Wilfredo Veras, Felipe Encarnacion, Miguel Vazquez, and Nicholas Mathews. Memphis has signed Sandy Ramsey, Mateo Martinez, and Adrian Reed.

More to come, but these teams have made big moves that will keep them in the playoff conversation. Here are their new rotations:

Jax

SP1 Wilfredo Veras
SP2 Miguel Vazquez
SP3 Don Iwamura
SP4 Chad Long
SP5 Max Winn?

Memphis

SP1 Sandy Ramsey
SP2 Chad Clarke
SP3 Anthony Patterson
SP4 Adrian Reed
SP5 Alberto Martinez

Free Agency Signings - Day 1

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.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Going Max!

It appears that Louisville, Helena, and Jacksonville have gone all-in for a Free Agent. The blog's guess is that the player in question is Louie Delgado, and that only Lousville and Jacksonville have a $10 million bonus in play.

Delgado is a two-time NL MVP that was worth 4.73 wins for his team last season, which is an MVP and HOF-type number. Maddie's doesn't like him as much, but mostly due to his relatively average vs. RHP. Still, it is not often that a 30 year old with his numbers and awards becomes available. Happy huntin' fellas!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Top 7 Free Agents - Pitchers

As ranked by Maddie's Team Management.

Top 5 SP's

1. T.J. Perez

Summary - Perez is 104-90 in his 11 ML seasons and has won 2 rings with Cincy. He has good splits with very good control and velocity. Is 34 and has low durability.

Prediction - 3 yrs, $24 million to Cincinnati or Montgomery

2. Wilfredo Veras

Summary - Veras is 241-74 in 14 ML seasons, all with Houston. He is decorated - with 2 Cy Young awards and multiple rings, all star apperances, and gold gloves. He is a strong candidate for the Hall of Fame, althouhg his better days are behing him.

Prediction - 4 yrs, $30 million to Cincinnati, Montreal, Houston, or LA

3. Marc Fielder

Summary - A surprise member of the list, Fielder is 131-87 is 14 ML seasons. He has a career ERA of 4.26 and whip of 1.34.

Prediction - 1 year, $6 million to Boston or Philadelphia

4. Sandy Ramsey

Summary - He is 104-77 in his 9 ML seasons. At 30, he might be the most sought after starter on the market.

Prediction - 5 yrs, $50 million to Dover, Kansas City, Louisville, Salem, Salt Lake, Baltimore, or Memphis

5. Miguel Vazquez

Summary - He is 209-157 over 18 ML seaosons and is the reigning NL Cy Young winner. He has a career ERA of 3.70 and a WHIP of 1.25.

Prediction - 4 yrs, #32 million to LA, Houston, Buffalo, Cleveland, Hartford, or Montgomery

Top 2 RP's

1. Mateo Martinez

Summary - Sort FA's by vs RH and his name will be at the top. He has saved 278 of 316games, with an ERA 3.30 of and a WHIP of 1.10. He is a 7-time all-star and has one Fireman of the Year.

Prediction - 2 yrs, $12 million to Boston, Hartford, or San Antonio

2. Andy Jefferson

Summary - An all-time great and the Closer on the all-decade team, he has saved 536 of 601 games, with an ERA of 3.28 and a WHIP of 1.20. He is a 9-time all-star and 7-time Fireman. HOF worthy.

Prediction - 3 yrs, $20 million to Boston, Hartford, San Antonio, Montreal, or Buffalo

Top 5 Free Agents - Position Players

Free Agency is the best and worst of times. Your present and future can be changed in an instant, or crushed by a team with more money to spend. A quick review of budgets reveals that teams are ready to spend, and ready to win. Here are the Top 5 position players as ranked by Maddie's Team Management.

1. Garry Francis - CF, San Antonio

Summary - The 6th pick of the Season 7 draft, Francis has appeared in 3 all-star games. He has played out of position, but would be a plus in the field at any position other than C, SS, or CF. He has batted .278, with 269 homers and 867 RBI's

Prediction - 5 yrs, $50 million to Pittsburgh, Montgomery, Oklahoma, San Francisco, Helena, or Salt Lake City

2. J.C. Drew, 2B, Louisville

Summary - At 29 years old, Drew might command the most on the open market. He has good range but an average glove. He has batted .282, with 141 homers and 489 RBI's. He was the 9th pick of the Season 11 draft.

Prediction - 5 yrs, $60 million to Scottsdale, Kansas City, Louisville, Pittsburgh, San Antonio, or Baltimore

3. Louie Delgado, CF, Houston

Summary - The 30 year old has been a key member in Houston's success. He is a 2-time MVP and has batted .300 with 446 homers and 1170 RBI's. He is an ideal corner outfielder and one of the better players in the game. It is not often that 30 year olds with multiple MVP's become available.

Prediction - Max Contract. Only Baltimore, Buffalo, Chicago, Helena, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Montgomery, Salem, Salt Lake, San Antonio, and Scottsdale can afford him.

4. Billy Ray Simpkins, 3B, Honolulu

Summary - The 32 year old and 9th pick of the Season 7 Draft enters Free Agency with the hope of one more major contract. He is an above average 3B with elite contact vs. LHP. He will struggle at times with RHP. He has batted .269 with 218 homers and 744 RBI's.

Prediction - 3 years, 30 million. Most likely to a team on the verge returning to the playoffs - Hartford, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Montgomery

5. Lou Jenkins, 3B, Montgomery

Summary - At 32 years old, teh 2nd pick of the Season 6 draft is also hopinf for waht will likely be his final long-term contract. He is a good defensive 3B, with good contact and splits but very little power. He took a big rating hit, but he would be a good top of the order option for someone.

Prediction - 3 years, $20 million to a playoff team. Houston, Los Angeles, Montreal, Santa Cruz, Buffal, or Chicago