Best and Worst 2009/2010 FA signings
HA - 3 Tigs made the worst signings list!
http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2009/12/b ... o-far.html
* Placido Polanco, Phillies - three years, $18MM. Where was the demand for a 34-year-old second baseman coming off a .727 OPS? What other club would've offered even one or two years at $5MM per?
* Brandon Lyon, Astros - three years, $15MM. Lyon's not a bad pitcher, but this commitment is excessive. He's not a high strikeout guy, and his '09 control was a career-worst.
* Fernando Rodney, Angels - two years, $11MM. What would Rodney have gotten without the 37 saves? I have a reliever, 33 in March, who posted a 4.40 ERA, 7.3 K/9, and 4.9 BB/9. Can I find a one-year, $2MM offer?
* John Grabow, Cubs - two years, $7.5MM. The Cubs are tight on payroll, but were quick to commit an above-market contract to a lefty reliever with a 5.0 BB/9 in '09.
* Jason Kendall, Royals, Ivan Rodriguez, Nationals - two years, $6MM. Kendall is 35, Pudge is 38, and neither topped a .700 OPS in '09. Gregg Zaun had already signed a reasonable one-year, $2.15MM deal.
* Alex Cora, Mets - one year, $2MM. Why did his salary hold steady despite a lousy '09? This contract isn't a franchise-killer, but comparable players could've been had at less than a million bucks.
* Mike Cameron, Red Sox - two years, $15.5MM. Cameron is getting up there (37 in January), but he seems perenially undervalued as a solid defender with pop.
* Marco Scutaro, Red Sox - two years, $12.5MM. I saw Scutaro getting three years and $18MM, so this strikes me as a reasonable deal for the best available free agent shortstop.
* Nick Johnson, Yankees - one year, $5.75MM. Johnson's injury history is acknowledged by the one-year deal. The Yanks were able to add the best on-base threat on the free agent market for less than $6MM.
* Gregg Zaun, Brewers - one year, $2.15MM. Worse catchers received two years and $3MM salaries.
* Troy Glaus, Braves - one year, $2MM. I don't agree with trading Javier Vazquez to free up cash for Glaus and others, but in a vacuum I like the signing. The risk isn't much; maybe he can supply 25 homers and a solid OBP from first base.
* Matt Capps, Nationals - one year, $3.5MM, J.J. Putz, White Sox - one year, $3MM, Ryota Igarashi, Mets - two years, $3MM, Kelvim Escobar, Mets - one year, $1.125MM. These are the types of relief deals I respect - one-year commitments, or tiny salaries in Igarashi's case. Relievers are so volatile, any of these guys could easily outpitch Rodney, Grabow, and Lyon.
I would have loved to land Capps or Putz for a back-end pen/closer guy. Glaus would have been nice, but we have a handful of those types of guys. We need OF'ers with speed...and Miggy ain't leaving 1st base.