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Friday, October 7, 2011

Free Agency Day 2

Here are some of the top deals for Day 2:

1. Kevin Yamaguchi, RP, Kansas City, 5 yrs $27.1 million

Analysis - Kansas City is clearly a team on the rise and only a few pieces away from being complete. This move helps solidify KC's bullpen, and the front-loaded contract keeps KC's options open. The Gooch has a career 4.06 ERA and .739 OPS allowed

2. Todd Frey, RF, San Francisco, 4 years $30 million

Analysis - Another talented RF signed this offseason. Not as good as Owen, but still plays at a very high level. Career OPS of .885 with over 300 homers and 1000 runs and RBI's. Low make-up might lead to earlier than expected decline, but still a very good player.

3. Jiggs Hodges, RP, Kansas City, 3 years $16.8 million

Analysis - Signed yesterday, Jiggs fills another hole for up and coming KC. Career ERA of 4.86 and OPS allowed of .751, largely inflated by his time playing in homer-friendly Durham. Another front loaded contract and Jiggs' excellent make-up should see him contribute for all 3 years.

4. Rondell May, 3B, Baltimore, 4 years $25.6 million

Analysis - A defensive specialist with a slightly above average bat, May should fit nicley into Baltimore's starting line-up. A career .267 batter with an OPS of .722. He is a gold glove candidate at every position but SS or C.

5. Eric Ross, SP, Oklahoma City, 2 years $11.2 million

Analysis - A 38 year old lefty, Ross is 155-148 with a career ERA of 4.55 and a career OPS allowed of .766. Elite make-up should see him finish out his contract and be a productive middle of the rotation guy.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Free Agency - Day 1

Here are today's top signings

1. Esteban Owen, RF, Montgomery, 2 years, $11.6 million

Analysis - Owen is former MVP and 5 time all-star. He has a career average of .308 and an OPS of .991. At 34, he is losing some power, but will still be a good bet to bat over .300 and produce an OPS over .900. Very good value here.

2. Billy Ray Simpkins, 3B, St. Louis, 2 years, $12.2 million

Analysis - Simpkins is a career .268 hitter with a .783 OPS. He is better suited to play RF at this point in his career, but will still kill lefties. Career .353 OBP due to very good eye. Another good signing.

3. Benji Pulido, SS, Detroit 4 years, $31.6 million

Analysis - Detroit has improved their ML team more than any other this offseason (with St. Louis a close 2nd). They have added Benji Neill, Cristobal Mantalban,and Gustavo Melo through trades, and now a very good player in Pulido. Better suited for 3B, he has plenty of power and speed. Should be a good addition to a potential playoff team.

4. Brendan Watson, 1B, Helena, 2 years, $10 million

Analysis - One of those under the radar deals that makes a team a contender (or in this case, a WS champ). A little suspect at 1B, Watson more than makes up for it at the dish with a career OPS of .927. His power has faded a bit, but he is still a candidate to hit 40 HRs.

5. Paulie Fox, SP, Baltimore, 4 years, $26 million

Analysis - Thought by many to be the top SP on the market, Fox signed a relatively tame contract which indicates that there wasn't much interest in him. he is 62-63 with an ERA of 4.66, and an OPS allowed of .764. He is coming off of a very good year in Boston, and a repeat performance is not out of the question. A good pickup for Baltimore.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Season 10 Draft Review - Picks 1-5

1. Benji Neill, 2B, Chicago (now Detroit)

Owner - Drafted by tzentmeyer
Overall Rating - 62 at time of draft, currently 89
Current Age - 30
Current Team - Detroit
Transactions - Traded to Durham in Season 20, Traded to Detroit in Season 22
DL - 15-day in Season 16
Contract Status - In the last year of a 4 year deal, unknown status for Season 23
Awards - 7x all-star, 3x Silver Slugger LF, 1 Gold Glove LF, voted all-decade LF
Stats - .324 BA, .927 OPS, 191 HR's, 745 RBI's
Summary - Any all-decade selection was a great pick. He is consistent and worth every penny. Perennial MVP candidate, although ability to play 2B is declining.

2. Keith Lanning, SS, Los Angeles (now St. Louis)

Owner - buckeye2280
Overall Rating - 61 at draft, 85 current
Current Age - 30
Current Team - Philadelphia
Transactions - Traded to Philadelphia in Season 17
DL - 15-day and 60-day stints in Season 20
Contract Status - Signed through Season 23 on his 2nd ML deal
Awards - 2x all-star, 2x silver slugger SS
Stats - .279BA, .859 OPS, 313 HR's, 913 RBI's
Summary - An amazing glove (and temper), with plus power for any position. He's a very good player and an acceptable defensive SS. One of the best all-around SS's in the game.

3. Cory Clark, SP

Owner - meece
Overall Rating - 75 at draft, 84 currently
Current Age - 32
Current Team - Buffalo
Transactions - 2 contract extensions, never traded
DL - never on DL
Contract Status - In the last year of his second ML contract. Unknown if re-signable
Awards - 6x all-star
Stats - 152-100, with a 3.30 ERA AND 1.18 WHIP. OPS allowed of .656
Summary - Great value for meece. He's never been on the DL and has produced for 10 ML seasons. A durable, dependale, inning eating #1.

4. Reese Mays, SP, Florida (now Oklahoma City)
Owner - robyoung81
Overall Rating - 59 at draft, 73 currently
Current Age - 33
Current Team - LA
Transactions - traded to Houston in Season 11, traded to Atlanta in Season 15, traded to Jacksonville in Season 20, released in Season 21, signed by LA in Season 21
DL - 5 stints, with 2 in the majors (one a 60-day trip)
Contract Status - under last year of a 2-year deal, scheduled to be a Free Agent
Awards - 1x All-star
Stats - 53-51 with a 4.89 ERA and 1.42 WHIP. OPS allowed of .781
Summary - Full of promise but derailed by injury. Not a bad pick, OKC did get many productive years from Tomas Martinez, who they received in a trade for Mays. A career long reliever.

5. Luis Morales, SS, Atlanta (now Chicago)
Owner - bbeane
Overall Rating - 72 at draft, 88 at peak, 85 at the moment
Current Age - 32
Current Team - Los Angeles
Transactions - Traded to LA in Season 12
DL - 1 15-day visit in Season 18
Contract Status - In the last year of 1st ML deal. Scheduled to be a free agent in Season 22
Awards - 3x All-star, 1 Silver Slugger at 2B, 1 Gold Glove at RF
Stats - .268 BA, .789 OPS, 268 HR's, 804 RBI's
Summary - Inexplicably declining (elite makeup and almost maxed out Training/Medical budgets), he has never reached his SS potential, but can play every other position except CF and C. Very good offensive ratings, but stats hurt by spacious LA ballpark.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Maddie's Top Free Agents

Position Players

Overall
1. Francis Herzog - 109.74
2. Esteban Owen - 100.86
3. Billy Ray Simpkins - 100.60
4. Benji Pulido - 98.82
5. Omar Flores - 97.41
Offensive
1. Francis Herzog - 81.18
2. Brant Balfour - 76.63
3. Esteban Owen - 74.60
4. Brendan Watson - 74.59
5. Orlando Calderone - 73.50
Defensive
1.Ivan Pena - 38.31
2. Danys Rivas - 36.51
3. Marvin Holloway - 36.42
4. Jose Cordero - 36.04
5.Rondell May - 35.60

Starting Pitchers (Stamina > 60)
1. Paulie Fox - 82.80
2. Marvin Campbell - 77.97
3. Benji Rosa - 77.44
4. Wade Redmond - 77.04
5. Eric Ross - 76.51
RP's (stamina < 60)
1. Brian Williams - 100.49
2. Roger Ashby - 87.49
3. Kevin Yamaguchi - 86.48
4. Jiggs Hodges - 84.36
5. Tom Mitchell - 83.75

Monday, October 3, 2011

New Design

I was bored and switched up the design. Now, all polls will be on the right, and all other info (records, etc.) on the left. I'm not sure that I like it or not, so have your say in the poll.