I loooooove winning!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Free Agency Day 3

Some big signings

1. Zach Page, Salem, 5 yrs $103 million with a no trade clause

Analysis - Wow, what a contract. Page is a gold glove 3B, multiple all-star, ace top of the order bat, and durable enough for 650 at bats every year. He will continue to do as much for another 3 seasons, at least. The question on this contract is whether or not he will hold up in years 4 and 5. He is a career .289 hitter with 146 homers and 628 runs batted in.

2. Keith Roosevelt, Salem, 5 yrs, $60 million

Analysis - Much better bang for the buck than Page. Roosevelt is an average defensive CF, but would be an elite LF, RF, 1B. He has batted .278 with 165 homers and 586 runs batted in. He has very good contact and power, and just average splits. He is only 29 so should produce for all 5 seasons of the contract.

3. Luis Azocar, Memphis, 5 yrs $70 million

Analysis - Azocar is a 31 year old SP with a career record of 108-63 and a career ERA of 3.94. He has very good stamina, control, velocity, and pitches. He is a pure grounball pitcher, but only has average splits. A good fit in Memphis.

4. Jeff Woods, Louisville, $91 million with a player option

Analysis - Woods was the premier SP on the market, and he will bring good value in the first two years of the contract. He is 221-113 with an ERA of 3.83. He is an older version of Azocar with better splits. He does possess elite makeup, so it isn't out of the question that he will finish out his contract in Louisville if the owner prioritizes his medical and training budget.

5. B.C. Vincente, Oklahoma City, 4 year $23 million

Analysis - A good pick-up for OKC, Vincente is 107-84 with an ERA of 4.52. He makes up for average spits with amazing control and a good variety of quality pitches. Not a bad signing considering all of the money being throws at SP's.

6. Victor Pichardo, Montreal, 4 years $20 million.

Analysis - Victor meet Henry, Henry, Victor. An on base machine, Pichardo will score plenty of runs in the high-powered Montreal offense. He is durable, but is only limited to 1B and DH. Those wanting to improve their team take notes on this deal. This is the best offensive player on this list, and it isn't close.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Free Agency Day 2

Some starting pitching goes off of the board.......

1. Bill Elster, New Britain, 5 yrs. $79 million

Analysis - Many though that Elster was the top pitcher on the board. He's a 30 yr old lefty with elite stamina, vs left, and velocity. He has great control and a good variety of quality pitches. The only knock on him is that he struggles vs righties, but he is still a lock as a #1 SP. He is 112-91 with an ERA of 3.83.

2. Richard Aoki, Helena, 4 yrs $64 million

Analysis - Father Time Aoki just signed his 6th post-arbitration contract. He leads (or is likely to lead) almost every career "volume" category: strikeouts, games started, complete games, innings, and losses. He's a durable, dependable top of the rotation guy, the question remains for how long. He is 234-197 with an ERA of 3.89

3. Otto Podsednik, Dover, 5 yrs $30 million

Analysis - Podesednik is a #2 or #3 SP with very good stamina, sontrol, vs lefties, and velocity. he will struggle at times with righties, but should produce for all 5 seasons due to his elite makeup. He is 34-32 with a 4.52 ERA.

4. Daniel Reitsma, Buffalo, 3 yrs, $15 million

Analysis - Reitsma is a very good closer, with great splits and pitches. He gets in troune at times with his control, and has 185 career saves. A good pickup by the always crafty meece.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Free Agency Day 1

Day One is where one of two things happens - a guy has his contract demands met and no other suiters, or there are multiple bids on the table and one is far superior. Some big signings, let's get to it

1. Rafael Soriano, Baltimore, 5 yrs $100 million with a player option in year 5 and a no trade clause

Analysis - Baltimore came strong and got their man. Soriano is a highly rated player that is only 28 years old. He has 80's accross the board defensively and above averge offensive numbers. He is good for 162 games with excellent durability and health. He'll be an averge SS and an elite 3B for the Elite Giants. Amazingly, he has never won an awards, but that should change with a move to the AL and a better batter's park.

2. Clinton Clifton, Memphis, 4 yrs $64 million

Analysis - Memphis also came on strong and got their #1 target. Clifton is one of the most decorated players in the game and a likely first ballot HOF'r. He has begun his power decline, and it will accelerate with his average makeup, but he should be good for MVP consideration. The move to the NL is also a surprise as he can only play catcher for 1 or 2 more seasons. Additionally, AutoZone park presents to challenges for power hitters. In any event, with this signing, Memphis believes that its time is now while Houston regroups.

3. Bob Blum, Buffalo, 3 yrs $22.5 million

Analysis - With some of the big signings, Blum flew under the radar and is a very good signing for the Bisons. With good power and speed, Blum is a good defensive 2B that is a threat for 30/30. Only 29, Blum should start and produce for all 3 seasons.

4. Aurelio Alvarez, Durham, 4 yrs $24 million

Analysis - Alvarez will benefit mightily with a move from cavernous Aloha Stadium to the launching pad of Durham Bulls Park. His career OPS of .816 is likely to increase by .100 points and he should have plenty of runs to knock in. Only 29, Alvarez has above 80 power and contact, and above 60 splits and eye.

5. Angel Bonilla, Helena, 2 yrs $15 million

Analysis - The vagabond's career continues with his 4th post-arbitration contract. At this point in his career, he is a better LF or 2B than CF, but his glove is elite. He's also good for 25 homers/year. He'll be good this year and average next, but Helena sees a window and he will certainly help.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Season 20 Free Agency Review

Here were the big signings last season and how they panned out. Is Elster better than Ramsey? Is Soriano better than Delgado?

1. Sandy Ramsey 5 yrs, 81 million

Ramsey went 11-11, with an ERA of 3.72 and a WHIP of 1.22 for a playoff team.

2. Louie Delgado 5 yrs, 102 million

Delgado was an all-star and silver slugger in season 20. He batted .273, with 37 homers and 116 RBI's.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Maddies Top Free Agents - Pitchers

Starting Pitchers

1.Bill Elster - 94.34
2.Jeff Woods - 89.66
3. Richard Aoki - 87.53
4. Junior Lopez - 86.37
5. Luis Azocar - 85.67

Relief Pitchers
1. Carl Peterman - 93.20
2.Daniel Reitsma - 92.97
3. Troy Whitehill - 91.61
4. Nicholas Mathews - 89.66
5. Albie Torres - 78.13

Maddie's Top Free Agents - Position Players

Top Overall
1. Zach Page - 106.31
2. Rafael Soriano - 105.12
3. Keith Roosevelt - 102.55
4. Clinton Clifton - 100.89
5. Allen Nichols - 100.07

Top Offensive
1. Clinton Clifton - 77.19
2. Max Marin - 74.51
3. Allen Nichols - 74.49
4. Bingo O'Donnell - 73.03
5. Zach Page - 72.34

Top Defensive
1. Ivan Pena - 40.07
2. Luther Cox - 38.42
3. Antone Helton - 37.98
4. Frank Lewis - 37.78
5. Pedro Flores - 37.44