Filed Under (NL East Chatter) by dangeluzzi on 21-12-2009
Tagged Under : Adam Dunn, Adam Kennedy, Atlanta Braves, Ben Sheets, Brett Myers, Doug Davis, Hank Blalock, Jason Bay, Jayson Werth, Jeff Weaver, Kelly Johnson, Los Angeles Dodgers, Mark DeRose, matt holliday, New York Mets, New York Yankees, Octavio Dotel, Orlando Hudson, Pedro Martinez, Philadelphia Phillies, Scott Podesednik, Texas Rangers, Washington Nationals, Xavier Nady
Crickets. Nothing is really going on. After last week’s flurry of activity, it is all quiet on the Free Agent/Trade front. I think it is safe to assume that the Bay/Holliday sweepstakes will not be over until sometime in January. There may be minor free agent signings over the next couple of days, but nothing major.
Though I admit, I find it more exciting to find out where the under the radar free agents end up as opposed to the high priced stars. We all know Jason Bay is going to a handful of places. Same with Matt Holliday. Its guys like Orlando Hudson and Ben Sheets who will be interesting and it is those types of signings that make the difference.
Orlando Hudson signed a 1 year deal with the Dodgers and suffice to say, he was a major part of the Dodgers offense for most of the season. Certainly the Dodgers got a great return on their one year investment.
For example, Jayson Werth signed a one year $850,000 deal with the Phillies prior to the 2007 season. I think that has worked out quite nicely for the Phillies. Adam Dunn signed with the Nationals last season for 2 yrs/$20 million, which while high, isnt too bad considering the Nationals received 38 HR’s, 105 RBI, and a .267 average for their money. If I remember correctly, no one wanted to pay him because of the cost/value differential. Think the Braves or Mets wouldnt mind having that kind of production in the lineup?
The point is, unless you are the Yankees, and you fill almost every position on your roster with a big name free agent signing, teams win and lose from 1-40 on the roster. This means that you have to maximize your budget and find the best deals. Typically those deals are for guys, like Ben Sheets, who may end up being the Comeback Player of the Year next season. We could be talking in July saying things like, can you believe the Rangers signed Sheets for only $3 million for one season, when Sheets has a 10-2 record with a 3.13 ERA. Or how could a team NOT sign Matt Capps after he gets his 20th save.
I know it is a fairly obvious point but I think it often gets overlooked, especially during free agency.Â Many fans overlook the value guys.Â Sure Mark DeRosa or Adam Kennedy may not be stars, but what they add to their new teams might be more valuable than adding merely one big star.Â Every season it seems like players who noÂ one wanted in December end up playing a big role during the season.Â Jeff Weaver for the Dodgers is another example.Â Pedro Martinez for the Phillies.Â
Here is a list of guys, in no particular order, who I think will be a steal when they are finally signed:Â (A steal reflecting a positive production/cost ratio as compared to other players)
-Doug Davis (P)
-Brett Myers (P)
-Hank Blalock (1B/3B/DH)
-Octavio Dotel (P)
-Kelly Johnson (2B)
-Xavier Nady (OF)
-Scott Podsednik (OF)
Now, I think there are more guys available who are valuable and not included on this list, but I think this is representative of the players who can definetly help a team win.Â These are guys who I am interested in seeing where they end up and following them next year.