Still no Torrealba sighting, but there is no more “bidding” to be done, as multiple teams have max contracts out to him, so it’s all a crapshoot at this point.
Surprisingly New York has yet to make a free agent signing this year as he’s about $8 or $9 million from his cap right now.
After getting called out on the world chat,
Chase Fassero signs the next cycle for Colorado.
Julio Sosa will call Baltimore home for the next three years.
I picked up
Albert Sojo on a two year deal to cover my long relief role, and provide some extra starting pitcher depth if a guy in my rotation goes down. I probably could’ve waited a couple more cycles and got him cheaper, though I did have him as the 8th best SP this FA cycle.
Brant Wulf moves to Little Rock after a very productive season in Richmond.
Outside of Torrealba there aren’t too many “impact” bats left out there. Don’t get me wrong, there are some very productive guys left, but nothing game changing.
Also I might start a “Tanking Watch” section to the blog as Kansas City hasn’t signed a player other than to a minor league deal at this point.
I haven’t been as active on updating the blog this season, and for that I apologize.
Here’s a quick run down of the off season acquisitions so far.
Gabby Ducey comes over the the National League to join Little Rock on a 5yr/$73.9 million deal. I was in the bidding on him, but I was only willing to do 5yrs at $12.5 million per with a $8-9 million bonus this year. They also lock up perennial gold glove catcher
D'Angelo Alberro for five years.
Alex Zhou and
Maverick Buss are staying in Austin for the next couple of years. I’ve sang the praises of Zhou before, and I will continue to until he’s a HOF. The guy is far and away the league leader for career WAR.
Armando Melendez stays in the American League, but switches to the southern division as he joins San Juan. He’s probably no longer suited for duty behind the plate, but his bat is still potent.
Another Hartford loss as
Alexi Balentien moves over to Scottsdale on a very reasonable 3yr/$15 million deal.
Baltimore, formerly Dover, holds onto
Somehow Hartford gets
Angel Wilfredo on a one year deal.
Jacksonville cuts lose
Fritz Purcell allowing Syracuse to pick him up.
Jerry Whitman to replace
Benji Diaz at 1B. I also brought in
Kazuo Lee to play CF, which his range should make him a good candidate for gold glove, though his arm probably isn’t up to snuff. Oh well, he’ll play a better CF than
Jimmie Velazquez would’ve. Though all I want him to do is walk and get on base.
After an off year,
Sean Shave moves to Jacksonville. Like Melendez, he’s probably not going to be even an average catcher anymore, but he’ll do in a pinch.
Greg Blake, probably to replace Shave. His bat isn’t as good as Shave’s, but he definitely a better fielder.
Our fearless commish signed
Pablo Mateo for four years.
Switching over to starting pitchers real quick before I sign off for the night:
I’m happy that
Willie Rooney is out of my division, as he’s playing in Salem now.
After being abused in Los Angeles last season,
Melky Serra moves over to Jackson. They also pick up
Matty Owen, and
Miguel Ayala. If I had to guess who will have the most improved pitching staff without really looking too hard, my guess would have to be on Jackson.
Another pitcher out of my division,
Pedro Mercedes is now playing in Sacramento, who is in the AL West.
Hartford is able to stem the loss of Lennon with
Santos Henriquez on a one year deal.
Al Lee signs for New Orleans.
And that’s where I’ll leave it at. I’ll try to post something tomorrow.
For this post I’ll be looking at my current crop of players hitting free agency, and the coach rehire process.
One simple hint for this process: Re-signging free agents is all about determining the amount of playing time you expect to give a player, the cost they will be, and whether you expect to find a suitable replacement on the market for less. As the free agency period moves along, unsigned players will reduce their demands. That makes signing backups a lot easier.
Dale Darling doesn’t quite have the glove to play third, but doesn’t have the bat to play right. He’s demanding about $3 million. Either way, I’m covered at both positions with
Max Acevedo and
Vladimir Encarnacion which makes for an easy choice in letting him go.
Marty Redman has had a fantastic career, but at 36 he’s lost a lot of what made him successful. He’s only demanding $700,000, but he’s essentially a DH, and his bat is only slightly better than average at first. Can still fill a void for some teams not looking to compete, but he’ll probably retire if no one picks him up after FA.
I picked up
Brant Wulf two seasons ago when my starting pitching was essentially
Jim Tice, but now I have
Midre Hernandez and
Jody DuBose with
Edgardo Martin in contention. He’s demanding $5.4 million, but with
Chris Murphy penciled in as my 5th starter, I can let him go without too many worries.
I’ve been shuffling
Aramis James between the starting rotation and long relief the past two years. He wants $4.2 million, and that’s too much to pay for long relief in my opinion.
I picked up
Benito Abreu on waivers at the end of the year, hoping that he might warrant a Type B pick, but it wasn’t to be. He wants $2.4 million, but I’ve got plenty of relief pitching, and he’d probably only get 30-40 innings with how I setup my bullpen; I will be fine without him.
It’s been a while since I’ve had a type A or B free agent, so this advice maybe wrong, and feel free to correct me. From my prior experience though, it seemed most of those players wanted to test free agency. So making the decision to let them go easier.
In terms of coach rehiring. Anyone in my minors that is willing to come back I’ll rehire. The same goes for most of my major league coaches as well, unless I feel it might be cost-effective to go for someone a little higher. I’ve got one position this year that I’m targeting to do that.