The Rest Of The Best Free Agents Are Now Up For Auction: Some Deals Already Done
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It was a tough time being an MLB fan the last 3 or 4 weeks – waiting for the Masahiro Tanaka deal to get done.
As of today, we are about 18 days away from Pitchers and Catchers to report.
With the logjam now being freed up with the Japanese superstar being inked to a deal with New York, a bevy of transactions have already occurred.
Grant Balfour is all set to sign a 2 YR deal worth $12 MIL, and will be ready to stick it to the Baltimore Orioles 19 times a year for the next 2 campaigns.
Matt Garza just signed 4 YR/$52 MIL deal with the Milwaukee Brewers. I really like the move for the Brewers.
Milwaukee also scored a late offseason deal last year, when they brought in Kyle Lohse for $11 MIL a year between 2013 – 2015.
The club has also Yovani Gallardo on the last year of his deal (although they have a $13 MIL Team Option for 2015.) Signing Garza could enable for the organization top flip their Veteran chucker.
Billy Beane continues to show the rest of the MLB how to assemble a Relief Core – without losing much of their current Roster.
O’Flaherty won’t be ready for a while, as he is still recovering from Tommy John Surgery, however he should be there for the 2nd half with the games becoming more important.
The deal is even better for the 2015 year, as Johnson and Gregerson are in the final Arbitration years, and will walk away after the year is over.
Billy Beane is already looking to his 2015 Roster, which is why you have to give him full credit.
These first few deals are just a taste of what is to come.
On the offensive side, we still have Nelson Cruz and Kendrys Morales up for the bidding. Hello Baltimore, if you can take 5 minutes out of your day from flunking ‘pending FA’ physicals, can you sign a player or 2?
Seattle, surely you can’t just be done with signing Robinson Cano?
Toronto, yes you spent a lot of cash, but you could use some pitching to combat your AL East rivals. Ubaldo Jimenez might be worth a chance for you guys.
The LA Angels could use another Starting Pitcher like Arroyo, and maybe they should take a look at Stephen Drew for the SS slot. The money has to be good in both cases.
The Rays look to be done. All of the AL Central teams have thrown down enough money in the off-year.
Maybe the Indians could use a depth Starting Pitcher, but don’t look to spend a bunch of cash.
The Phillies should be done with signing their ex-players (Bobby Abreu and Marlon Byrd). The Nats might add another reliever, while the Mets are still kicking tires around Drew, and possibly flipping Ike Davis.
The Marlins may be in the Bryan LaHair sweepstakes – as they tend to sign old NPBL players, and old re-treads.
Pittsburgh, they haven’t done much in the winter, but there is always hope they can re-sign Burnett.
Arizona could be sniffing around Ervin Santana, as he would be the replacement for the 2013 traded Ian Kennedy.
The D’Backs know that the Dodgers will be a beast to contend with for their Pitching Staff for years, so adding some depth would be perfect.
The Padres haven’t been said to throw any cash at any players for the rest of the offseason – and Colorado has done spade work for their winter.
With just 59 days until the Dodgers and D’Backs kick off the 2014 campaign in Australia, it feels like ball season again!
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Posted on January 23, 2014, in Free Agency and tagged 2013 MLB free Agents, @stokes_hunter21 on twitter, AL East, andres torres, baltimore orioles, billy beane, BIlly Hamilton, Bobby Abreu, Bronson Arroyo, chris coghlan, Dan Otero, edwin jackson, evan scribner, fernando abad, grant balfour, hunter pence, hunter stokes, ian kennedy, ike davis, jemile weeks, jesse chavez, jim johnson, kendrys morales, kyle lohse, luke gregerson, madison bumgarner, marlon byrd, masahiro tanaka, matt garza, milwaukee brewers, nelson cruz, remianing 2014 MLB free agents, robinson cano, ryan cook, seth smith, stephen drew, tim hudson, tim lincecum, tommy john, ubaldo jimenez, yovani gallardo. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.