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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Free Agency Preview - Starting Pitchers

According to Maddie's Team Management

Starters (stamina > 50)

1. Bernie Pena
Rating - 104.36
Age - 31
Strengths - control, vs. lefties and righties, velocity, gb/fb
Weaknesses - stamina, patience, only 3 pitches
Stats - 99-40, ERA of 3.31 and WHIP of 1.19, OPS allowed of .644
Awards - 2x All-star, 2 WS rings
Compensation - Type A
Summary - Relatively young at 31, with elite vs LHB and vs. RHB. Makeup points to a decline in already suspect stamina. Ideally a tandem starter, but will someone pay him as a starter or closer?
Prediction - 5 years, 15 million per year

2. J.R. Beckett
Rating - 92.86
Age - 36
Strengths - makeup, control , vs lefties and righties
Weaknesses - age, stamina, only two good pitches
Stats - 240-86, 2.98 ERA and 1.11 WHIP, .621 OPS allowed
Awards - 7x All-star, 4x Cy Young, 1 WS ring
Compensation - Type B
Summary - A future HOF'r decimated by a recent injury, Beckett still has enough in the tank to be a top of the rotation sarter for at least 2 seasons. Stamina is declining, but makeup is solid. If signed by team with a good training budget, there is no reason why he can't pitch 3 more years.
Prediction - 3 years, 10 million per year

3. Philip Colin
Rating - 92.26
Age - 38
Strenghts - control, vs. righties, Pitch #1
Weaknesses - patience, only 3 pitches, age
Stats - 278-136, 3.71 ERA and 1.28 WHIP, .684 OPS allowed
Awards - 6 x all-star, 1 Cy Young, 3 WS rings
Compensation - None
Summary - At 38, Colin still remains a very attractive top of the rotation SP. Durham declined his option , so there will be no compensation for signing him. Still has all-star potential, and is really the top SP with good stamina.
Prediction - 3 years, 8 million per year

4. Dallas Singleton
Rating - 90.38
Age - 34
Strengths - control, vs lefties, gb/fb, pitch #1
Weaknesses - health, stamina, patience
Stats - 110-60, 3.64 ERA and 1.27 WHIP, .686 OPS allowed
Awards - 1x all-star, 1 ROY
Compensation - Type B
Summary - A very good lefty with declining stamina, but still young enough to start for three more seasons. Type B compensation, so maybe a little more attractive than others. Could be a steal.
Prediction - 3 years, 7 million per year

5. Willie Wheat
Rating - 89.86
Age - 38
Strengths - control, velocity, vs righties, pitch #1
Weaknesses - age, stamina
Stats - 256-128, 3.76 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, .699 OPS allowed
Awards - 3x all-star, 1 Cy Young, 2 Gold Gloves
Compensation - Type B
Summary - Another very good, aging SP in a market flooded with them. Stamina is still OK and pitching rating live is still very good. RAte of decline is only concern.
Prediction - 2 years, 7 million per year

6. Boots Munson
Rating - 88.33
Age - 35
Strengths - health, patience, control, velocity, gb/fb, pitch #1
Weaknesses - durabilty, vs. lefties, pitches 4 and 5
Stats - 180-125, 4.00 ERA and 1.31 WHIP, .723 OPS allowed
Awards - 2x all-star, 1 WS ring
Compensation - Type A
Summary - A 35 year old SP with a very good pitching line. Stats somewhat skewed by time in Durham, but still a very good SP.
Prediction - 4 years, 7 million per year

7. Randy Broome
Rating - 87.91
Age - 32
Strengths - control, pitch #1, age
Weaknesses - patience, velocity
Stats - 143-75, 3.05 ERA and 1.14 WHIP. .639 OPS allowed
Awards - 3 x all-star, 1 Cy Young
Compensation - Type A
Summary - The 32 year old lefty is primed for a big pay day. He may not be as highly rated as others, but he is what most will look for in an SP. Stats are reflective of playing in Honolulu, but still a very good SP.
Prediction - 5 years, 15 million per year.

8. Junior Lopez
Rating - 85.83
Age - 32
Strengths - control, velocity, health, patience
Weaknesses - durability, durability, and durability
Stats - 52-46, 4.04 ERA and 1.35 WHIP, .716 OPS allowed
Awards - 1x all-star
Compensation - None
Summary - Everything is good except the durability. For that reason, he has only started 19 of his 463 games.
Prediciton - 3 years, 5 million per year

9. Douglas Cust
Rating - 83.76
Age - 33
Strengths - stamina, control, velocity, pitch #1
Weaknesses - durability, gb/fb, only three pitches
Stats - 100-95, 4.35 ERA and 1.28 WHIP, .725 OPS allowed
Awards - 1 all-star, 1 GG, 1 SS
Compensation - Type B
Summary - A 33 year old with excellent stamina, control, and Pitch #1. His durability is questionabl, but otherwise a very good SP.
Prediction - 4 years, 8 million per year

10. Wilfredo Veras
Rating - 83.61
Age - 39
Strengths - stamina, pitch #2, patience
Weaknesses - age, makeup
Stats - 279-102, 3.22 ERA and 1.22 WHIP, .649 OPS allowed
Awards - 7x all-star, 2 x Cy Young, 3 GG, 1 ROY
Compensation - Type A
Summary - Suiters might be deterred by the age and compensation, but he is a future HOF'r with gas left in the the tank.
Prediction - 2 years, 10 million per year

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