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Monday, March 26, 2012

Season 24 Free Agency Primer

Here's the top of the potential season 24 class. Some of these guys will re-sign.

Position Players
1. Tom Perez - 1B/LF type with elite speed and baserunning and excellent durability and health. Plus power, but below average splits. Had a career season in Season 23 with 143 runs scored, 90 stolen bases, and 35 home runs.

2. Keith Lanning - A rare good defensive SS with plus offensive skills. A carrer .842 OPS is outstanding for a SS. Explosive temper likely to bring clubhouse down, especially with his philanderin' ways with teammates' wives.

3. Darron Speier - Protypical, durable RF that puts the bat on the ball better than most. Amazingly low strike out rate at the dish, and amazingly high strike out rate with the ladies due to unfortunate eyebrow and facial hair combo. Can't hit lefties very well.

4. Bob Blum - Good defensive 2B with power and speed to spare. A career .811 OPS, and a very good .987 fielding percentage at 2B. Low health should be a concern.

5. Mo Nunnari - COF plus defender with excellent splits. Career .804 OPS. Traded twice in Season 23, but turned in a combined .309 BA. Aging, but would be a very good short-term solution in RF.

Pitchers

Starters
1. Louis Melville - The cream of the crop will be gettin' paid. A career 3.35 ERA and 1.26 WHIP deflated somewhat home park, but his onlty real weakness is vs. LHB's. Elite health and makeup should see him remain at a very high level for 5 years.

2. Steve Hamilton - The crafty lefty may not have the flash of Hollywood Melville, but he's a year younger and, well, a year younger. He has elite health and make-up as well, but he lacks the plus splits and pitches. A career 4.66 ERA and 1.39 WHIP are inflated by homer-friendly Zephyr Field.

3. Derrek Peters - 227 career wins means that you are either very good, very old, or both. A career 3.59 ERA and 1.29 WHIP tells me that he is both. Liely to drop some points in the off-season, Peters would be a good fit for a "win now" team ready to comete for a WS. Unfortunately, he would also be a good fit for the 5 PM blue plate special at Denny's.

4. Ezdra Mateo - Mateo picked the worst time to have a career worst year. Even so, his 4.18 ERA and 1.33 WHIP will see that he gets paid. Good thing, too, as the "Dominican Shawn Kemp" has plenty of hands to feed.

5. Junior Montero - A nice top of the rotation guy nearing the end of his career. A career ERA of 4.06 and WHIP of 1.34 to go along with 195 career wins. Another guy that would fit will in a win now situation.

Relievers
1. Adam Tucker - Elite closer that has HOF stats. Career 2.61 ERA and 1.06 WHIP to go along with 253 saves. One of the best in the game.

2. Daniel Reitsma - 212 saves to go along with a 3.51 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP. Has the patience of a mother of a 3 year old hopped up on Skittles. Due for a rebound after a horrendous Season 23.

3. Carl Peterman - An older version of Reitsma, Peterman has 220 career saves, an ERA of 3.48, and a WHIP of 1.22. Durability is a concern, but he can still close out games with the best of them.

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