Welcome to Day 1 of Free Agency signings! This is the day that guys sign when there is either no other bidder or a large gap between offers. Some big deals, let's get to it.....
1. Sammy Iglesias, SP, Washington DC, 4 yrs $50 million with a no trade clause and a player option
Analysis - Iglesias was, by far, the best SP on the market. He is currently the #2 rated SP in the world according to Maddie's. This is a very good deal for this season, a decent one for next, a bad one for the third season, and dead weight for the fourth. DC sees that its time is now, so why not go for it? That he signed so early indicates that DC was, by far, the highest bidder. He probably could have been had for less, but kramer got his man.
2. Carlos Rosado, CL, San Francisco, 4 yrs $33 million with a team option
Analysis - The 70th rated pitcher overall according to Maddie's, Rosado was the 8th-rates RP on the market. Has career OPS allowed of .700 and 227 saves. A candidate for a great season, but lefties tend to struggle in this game more than their righty counterparts. Certainly a good RP, but a rich deal.
3. Tony Tapies, 3B, Toledo, 2 years $14 million
Analysis - While he suffers from relatively weak range, Tapies is a plus defensive 3B with a career OBP of .346. An ideal 2 hole hitter, this is a fairly good deal for what was 3rd rated offensive player available in free agency.
4. Jimmie Valentine, RP, Cleveland, 3 years $21 million
Analysis - Another case of a bid far exceeding what others were offering, however, Valentine is a very, very good RP. Although durability is an issue, he is among the best LRA's in the game. Career OPS allowed of .647.
5. Louis Spence, DH, Boston, 2 years $3.4 million with a team option
Analysis - A shrewd move by a very good owner. Spence was once great, and he still has some pop left. A very good, cheap, bat off of the bench.