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Season 23 – Free Agency Part Two

I see my predictions that Les Buchanan would sign soon were fairly accurate as he signed with Hartford the next cycle. Hartford also signed Lonny Allen and Benji Diaz to one year deals.

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.

Former Timberwolf 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.

As far as pitchers go, Doug Stern, and Sal Veres are probably the best two left.

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.

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Season 23 – Free Agency

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.

Both 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 Michael Myers.

Somehow Hartford gets Angel Wilfredo on a one year deal.

Jacksonville cuts lose Fritz Purcell allowing Syracuse to pick him up.

I signed 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.

Jackson signed 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 Hartford loss, Kevin Lennon is now playing in Syracuse. Lennon looks oddly like Jody DuBose if you ask me.

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.

Look for Ewell Torrealba, and Les Buchanan in future updates.

Re-sign Free Agents/ Rehire Coaches

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.