Notes On Free Agent Signings And Acquisitions Of The Last Week

Robinson Cano has seen his stock plummet down the river this winter.  While he still will likely sign a deal for more than $25 MIL per year, it may have to be somewhere other than the Bronx.  Meanwhile Jay - Z and his new baseball agent company is teetering with this client.

Robinson Cano has seen his stock plummet down the river this winter. While he still will likely sign a deal for more than $25 MIL per year, it may have to be somewhere other than the Bronx. Meanwhile Jay – Z and his new baseball agent company is teetering with this client.  The best move for that camp is to wait it out like Prince Fielder did 2 years ago.  It may take for an unexpected injury – or for a team to panic after the majority of the Free Agents have signed in order for him to maximize his dollars in 6 – 7 year deal.

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The White Sox sign 1B Paul Konerko (37) – 1 YR/$2.5 MIL (1.0 MIL deferred to 2021).

I like this deal for the White Sox.  He is the team leader and can pass on knowledge to the young guys.. Expect for them to try and trade Adam Dunn halfway through the year if Konerko is playing well.

The Rockies sign 1B Justin Morneau (32) – 2 YRs/$13 MIL.

Love this move.  The Rockies could potentially see this man hit 20+ HRs and knock about 30 – 40 Doubles per year.  He carries a decent average too.

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Choo has a great year in Cincinnati during the 2013 year .285/.423/.885, was 20 HR/20 SB guy and scored 107 Runs.  A team like the Blue Jays, Phillies or Nationals would be wise to bid for his services, as teams with a need at OF, plus have impatient hitters. Or will there be a dark horse team like the Mariners, Mets or Royals that may sneak up and snatch him up on the FA Market?

Choo has a great year in Cincinnati during the 2013 year .285/.423/.885, was 20 HR/20 SB guy and scored 107 Runs. A team like the Blue Jays, Phillies or Nationals would be wise to bid for his services, as teams with a need at OF, plus have impatient hitters. Or will there be a dark horse team like the Mariners, Mets or Royals that may sneak up and snatch him up on the FA Market?  Choo becomes the new Free Agent marquee name on the block, now that Ellsbury has signed with New York.  My guess is that it will take about 5 YRs/$80 – 90 MIL to retain his services.

The Yankees sign OF Jacoby Ellsbury (30) – 7 YRS/$153 MIL.

He could be either the next Johnny Damon for the NYY (by helping them to a World Series) – or he could follow the unfortunate story of often injured Grady Sizemore.

The Marlins sign C Jarrod Saltalamacchia (28) – 3 YRs/$21 MIL.

Miami has to try to improve offense somewhere.  “Salty” has also won before, so that kind of experience will help the franchise.  Boston is smart not to go that high on him for salary.

Just who is Dexter Fowler?  For his career totals, he has a 3 Slash Line of .298/.395/.880 in Coors Field, and his Road numbers are .241/.333/.694.  Having said this he will definitely help out the Houston Astros with their offense.  The Rockies also won't have to pay him for his 3rd Year of Arbitration (Super 2).  Fowler stands to see a raise based on his 2013 salary of $4.25 MIL.

Just who is Dexter Fowler? For his career totals, he has a 3 Slash Line of .298/.395/.880 in Coors Field, and his Road numbers are .241/.333/.694. Having said this he will definitely help out the Houston Astros with their offense. The Rockies also won’t have to pay him for his 3rd Year of Arbitration (Super 2). Fowler stands to see a raise based on his 2013 salary of $4.25 MIL.

The Astros acquire OF Dexter Fowler (28) for SP Jordan Lyles (23) and CF Brandon Barnes (27).

Watch out for the Coors Field effect.  If I were the Astros, I would not be selling on any Pitchers right now.  This deal still works for both parties.

The Athletics acquire RP Luke Gregerson (29) for DH/PH/OF Seth Smith (31).

Stupid deal for the Padres for a Part time OF.  Smith will probably be traded near the deadline next year.

The Tigers sign CL Joe Nathan (39) 2 YRs/$20 MIL (Roughly).

This is a good signing, but Detroit still needs 1 more arm..  Can you say Grant Balfour or Jesse Crain?  If the team does no more in Free Agency, this offseason will still be a bust.

Athletics sign SP Scott Kazmir (29) to a 2 YR/$22 MIL.

Kazmir is perfect for the A’s..  Hit and miss stuff, and his Walk Rate is really good.  O.co is a great park for him to pitch in. His signing only will open the door to flip Brett Anderson.  Bravo Billy Beane.

A’s trade OF Michael Choice (24) with INF Chris Bostick – Minors (20) for CF Craig Gentry (30), RP Josh Lindblom (26).

This trade will probably not even out in the long term – as Choice has great power.  This is a 2014 move for the A’s, needing 2 MLB ready players.

The A’s don’t have a spot for Choice either.  Oakland hates giving players like this guy away. however they have a lot of power already on the club.

Rays acquire C Ryan Hanigan (33) as part of a 3 team trade.  They also received RP Heath Bell (36),

The Reds received SP David Holmberg (22), the Dbacks receive RP Justin Choate (22) from the Rays and a player to be named later or cash.

Heath Bell was one of the premiere relief pitchers in the MLB - when he signed a 3 year deal with the Marlins for $24 MIL prior to the 2012 year.  He is now on his 3rd team on 3 years, and will be receiving his 2014 salary from 3 different clubs.  Bell has put up a 5.09 ERA in 2012, and a 4.11 ERA in 2013 - with 34 Saves.  The Rays hope he can join a long list of former Closers - who have revived their career with the Rays on short term contracts.

Heath Bell was one of the premiere relief pitchers in the MLB – when he signed a 3 year deal with the Marlins for $24 MIL prior to the 2012 year. He is now on his 3rd team on 3 years, and will be receiving his 2014 salary from 3 different clubs. Bell has put up a 5.09 ERA in 2012, and a 4.11 ERA in 2013 – with 34 Saves. The Rays hope he can join a long list of former Closers – who have revived their career with the Rays on short term contracts.

The Rays do their bargain shop (1 YR/$4.5 MIL is a low risk for a player to be their new Closer).  It has worked before with Troy Percival, Kyle Farnsworth Rafael Soriano and Fernando Rodney – so why break the trend.

The Reds receive a young Starting Pitcher for a backup Catcher.  The D’Backs receive some salary relief (they only have to fork out 500K to the Rays.)

The Red Sox sign C A.J. Pierzynski (37) 1 YR/$8.25 MIL.

The Athletics acquire RP Jim Johnson (30) for 2B Jemile Weeks (26).

Dumb deal for the Orioles….especially if they don’t sign a new Closer to take over.  Weeks hasn’t played well in the Majors for 2 years.  If he pans out, this will lighten the loss.

The Mariners sign UT Willie Bloomquist (36) to a 2 YR/$5.8 MIL deal.

Having a guy like Bloomquist alleviates a lot of need for extra bench players.  He can play OF or INF, and can catch hotstreaks for BA at the plate.

The big Catcher hit for a 3 Slash Line of .300/.365/.892 - with 13 HRs and 34 RBI in 240 AB during the 2013 year.  He also has shown a great job of contacting the ball in his career, while being able to draw a walk.  These are qualities that former Catcher Arencibia couldn't do.  On the down side, he has only played 225 Games in the last four years,

The big Catcher hit for a 3 Slash Line of .300/.365/.892 – with 13 HRs and 34 RBI in 240 AB during the 2013 year. He also has shown a great job of contacting the ball in his career, while being able to draw a walk. These are qualities that former Catcher Arencibia couldn’t do. On the down side, he has only played 225 Games in the last four years,

The Blue Jays sign C Dioner Navarro (29) to a 2 YR/$8 MIL deal.

The club has it with J.P. Arencibia, so this was a need for the club.  Navarro has power, comes from a winning pedigree having grown up in the Rays organization.

At worst, the big Catcher will be able to block a ball from skidding by him, something Arencibia was horrible at.

The Nats acquire SP Doug Fister (29) for RP Ian Krol (22), UT Steve Lombardozzi (25) and SP Robbie Ray (22).

The Nats pilfered a #4 Starter for nobody on their 98 win campaign in 2012 – except for Lombardozzi.

The Twins sign SP Phil Hughes (27) to a 3 YR/$24 MIL deal.

This deal will work out for Minnesota.  If he doesn’t pitch great as a Starter, he has nice numbers as a Reliever too in his career.

The A.J. Pierzynski signing was really smart on the Red Sox behalf.  He is better offensively and defensively than Saltalamacchia was, and the team only had to secure him for 1 YR - compared to Salty's 3 YR deal.  Boston may have to pay $2 MIL more for 2014,

The A.J. Pierzynski signing was really smart on the Red Sox behalf. He is better offensively and defensively than Saltalamacchia was, and the team only had to secure him for 1 YR – compared to Salty’s 3 YR deal. Boston may have to pay $2 MIL more for 2014, but financial flexibility has served them well in the last bit.  When the chips were all on the table in 2013 for the World Series, it was David Ross receiving more AB against the Cardinals.  Pierzynski has a 3 Slash Line of .300/.372/.892 in the playoffs, with 5 HRs and 17 RBI – spanning 7 playoff series.  The 37 year old catcher won the World Series with the Chicago White Sox in 2005.

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