Day one of free agency is typically when guys that only have one offer pull the trigger. That. or one team significantly outbids the others.
1. Rafael Escobar - San Francisco, 4 years, $29.6 million
Analysis - Defensively a COF or marginal 2B, Escobar is a career .281 hitter with an OPS just above .800. Only 31, Escobar should maintain his average production for the duration of the contract. Power is not his game and he has an excellent make-up rating.
2. Bernie Pena - Burlington, 2 years, $11 million with a no-trade
Analysis - This is, in essence, a one year deal for a very, very good RP. 150 wins and a career ERA of 3.45
3. Brant Riggan Charlotte, 5 years $40 million - A whole lotta' cash for a 36 year old SP. This will be a good deal for years 1 and 2, with years 3-5 prviding little bang for the buck.
4. Rickey Frank - Colorado Springs, 3 years, $19.5 million - This guy is a rarity in this game - an elite defensive SS with an above average bat. Only 29 and an owner of good durability and health, this should be a very good deal for Colorado Springs.