Thursday, December 12, 2013

Bad Contracts are the En Vogue Thing to Do

It's an Epidemic!

Seems like even the bad players are making big money nowadays. GMs around baseball are doling out millions to over-the-hill has-beens or never-weres.  Fausto Carmona Roberto Hernandez , he of only 2 good seasons out of his 8 year career, got 1 YR/$4.5M from the Phillies. Clint Barmes, who's OPS hasn't cracked .600 the past 2 seasons, just re-upped with Pittsburgh for 1 YR/$2M.  Michael Morse, a man who can't field and is coming off a .215/.651 campaign got 1 YR/$6M from the Giants.  Juan Oviedo, who didn't even pitch last season got 1 YR/$1.5M from Tampa Bay.  Rafael Furcal, who also didn't play last year, got 1 YR/$3M from the Marlins.  Corey Hart, yet another that did not participate in 2013, got 1 YR/$6M from the Mariners.  Oh, the madness doesn't stop there, as Felipe Paulino who didn't pitch in 2013 either, got 1 YR/$1.75M from White Sox. Phil Hughes, who's ERA has been 5.19 or higher in 2 out of the past 3 seasons, got 3 YR/$24M from Minnesota.  Brendan Ryan, and his consistently plummeting OPS, got 2 YR/$5M from the Yankees.  Joba Chamberlain got 1 YR/$2.5M from the Tigers despite ERA/WHIPs of 4.35/1.55 and 4.93/1.74 the past two seasons. Edinson Volquez, coming off a year where he pitched in 2 of the most pitcher friendly parks in baseball to the tune of a 5.71 ERA, landed a 1 YR/$5M deal with the cash strapped Pirates. And last, but not least, Derek Jeter got 1 YR/$12M from the Yankees, even though he'll be 40 next year and only played in 17 games last season. 


*Taken from We Should Be GMs.

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Happy Hanukkah- Baseball Style

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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Top AL and NL Fantasy Players For 2013 Season

We are still months from the 2014 fantasy baseball season, but there are a lot of people already doing a little bit of research for their drafts. For the second year in a row, the debate seems to be centered around Mike Trout and Miguel Cabrera. Who should be taken #1 overall? Can another player emerge as a legitimate threat? Here’s a look at the top four players heading into next year.

Mike Trout

The youngster seems to be getting better and better, making him the popular pick heading into 2014 fantasy baseball right now. The outfielder has yet to make the playoffs, but his teammates should be better this season. This will give him more opportunities to show off all five of his tools.

Miguel Cabrera

It is hard to argue with the two-time defending American League Most Valuable Player, but some lingering injuries and age could play a factor. He finished as the top fantasy baseball option in 2013, despite playing on some bum legs for the last month of the season. No hitter is better, but his speed numbers are the worst of the four listed.

Andrew McCutchen

For the last few seasons, McCutchen has been very good, but he stepped it up a notch by not only leading the Pittsburgh Pirates to the playoffs, but also winning the 2013 National League MVP award. He is the biggest threat to breaking up the two at the top of most fantasy baseball rankings, simply because he too is a five-tool player. If he can increase either his average or power slightly, he could finish #1 overall.

Paul Goldschmidt

Due to the fact that he plays in Arizona for the Diamondbacks, Paul Goldschmidt is a player that tends to get overlooked from time to time. He had a monster season in 2013, leading the National League in home runs and RBI. His 15 stolen bases and .302 average just shows that he is a well-rounded option as well.

Monday, November 11, 2013

The Veterans of Each MLB Team

As America recognizes the men and women that have served or who are currently serving in this wonderful country's Armed Forces, We Should Be GMs wants to stick with the theme and give a shout-out to each MLB teams' longest tenured player.



* = free agent

AL East:
Baltimore Orioles - Jim Johnson/2006 *Brian Roberts/2001

Boston Red Sox - David Ortiz/2003

New York Yankees - Derek Jeter/1995

Tampa Bay Rays - Ben Zobrist/2006

Toronto Blue Jays - Adam Lind/2006

AL Central:
Chicago White Sox - John Danks/2007 *Paul Konerko/1999

Cleveland Indians - Asdrubal Cabrera/2007

Detroit Tigers - Justin Verlander/2005

Kansas City Royals - Billy Butler & Alex Gordon/2007

Minnesota Twins - Joe Mauer/2004

AL West:
Houston Astros - Jason Castro/2010

Los Angeles Angels - Jered Weaver & Erick Aybar/2006

Oakland Athletics - Daric Barton & Jerry Blevins/2007

Seattle Mariners - Felix Hernandez/2005

Texas Rangers - Ian Kinsler/2006 *Nelson Cruz/2006


NL East:
Atlanta Braves - Kris Medlen/2009 *Tim Hudson & Brian McCann/2005

Miami Marlins - Chris Coghlan/2009

New York Mets - David Wright/2004

Philadelphia Phillies - Jimmy Rollins/2000

Washington Nationals - Ryan Zimmerman/2005

NL Central:
Chicago Cubs - Jeff Samardzija/2008

Cincinnati Reds - Brandon Phillips/2006 *Bronson Arroyo/2006

Milwaukee Brewers - Rickie Weeks/2003

Pittsburgh Pirates - Neil Walker & Andrew McCutchen/2009 *Jeff Karstens/2008

St. Louis Cardinals - Yadier Molina/2004 *Chris Carpenter/2004

NL West:
Arizona Diamondbacks - Miguel Montero/2006

Colorado Rockies - Troy Tulowitzki/2006

Los Angeles Dodgers - Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier & Chad Billingsley/2006

San Diego Padres - Chase Headley/2007

San Francisco Giants - Matt Cain/2005

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Friday, October 11, 2013

Minor League Free Agent All-Star Team

Every winter general managers around baseball scour the free agent pool for what they believe might be a diamond in the rough or just cheap organizational depth. I used Cot's Baseball Contracts to handpick a 25-man roster of players that were signed to minor league contracts for the 2013 season. I think they would have outscored the Marlins and outpitched the Astros. Check it out...

Catcher:
  • Yorvit Torrealba/COL .240/.580, 61 G, 10 R, 8 DBL, 16 RBI, -0.5 WAR
  • Humberto Quintero/PHI/SEA .237/.642, 46 G, 8 R, 5 DBL, 4 HR, 13 RBI, 0.6 WAR
Infield:
  • Lyle Overbay/NYY .240/.688, 142 G, 43 R, 24 DBL, 14 HR, 59 RBI, 0.2 WAR
  • Jeff Baker/TEX .279/.905, 74 G, 21 R, 8 DBL, 11 HR, 21 RBI, 0.7 WAR
  • Donnie Murphy/CHC .255/.849, 46 G, 23 R, 8 DBL, 11 HR, 23 RBI, 1.0 WAR
  • Josh Satin/NYM .279/.781, 75 G, 23 R, 15 DBL, 3 HR, 17 RBI, 1.2 WAR
  • Munenori Kawasaki/TOR .229/.634, 96 G, 27 R, 6 DBL, 5 TRPL, 24 RBI, 7 SB, 1.3 WAR
  • Ed Lucas/MIA .256/.647, 94 G, 43 R, 14 DBL, 4 HR, 28 RBI, 1.5 WAR
Outfield:
  • Marlon Byrd/NYM/PIT .291/.847, 147 G, 75 R, 35 DBL, 5 TRPL, 24 HR, 88 RBI, 5.0 WAR
  • Ryan Raburn/CLE .272/.901, 87 G, 40 R, 18 DBL, 16 HR, 55 RBI, 2.1 WAR
  • JB Shuck/LAA .293/.697, 129 G, 60 R, 20 DBL, 39 RBI, 8 SB, 0.9 WAR
  • Matt Tuiasosopo/DET .244/.765, 81 G, 26 R, 7 DBL, 7 HR, 30 RBI, 0.6 WAR
  • Ryan Sweeney/CHC .266/.772, 70 G, 19 R, 13 DBL, 6 HR, 19 RBI, 0.4 WAR
Starting Rotation:
  • Scott Kazmir/CLE 10-9, 29 GS, 158 IP, 162 K, 4.04/1.32, 1.1 WAR
  • Samuel Deduno/MIN 8-8, 18 GS, 108 IP, 67 K, 3.83/1.35, 1.5 WAR
  • Carlos Torres/NYM 4-6, 33 G, 9 GS, 86.1 IP, 75 K, 3.44/1.11, 0.9 WAR
  • Chad Gaudin/SFG 5-2, 30 G, 12 GS, 97 IP, 88 K, 3.06/1.25, 1.3 WAR
  • Erik Bedard/HOU 4-12, 32 G, 26 GS, 151 IP, 138 K, 4.59/1.48, 0.9 WAR
Bullpen:
  • Kevin Gregg/CHC 2-6, 62 G, 62 IP, 56 K, 33 SV, 3.48/1.37, 0.5 WAR
  • LaTroy Hawkins/NYM 3-2, 72 G, 70.2 IP, 55 K, 13 SV, 12 HLD, 2.93/1.15, 0.5 WAR
  • Neal Cotts/TEX 8-3, 58 G, 57 IP, 65 K, 11 HLD, 1.11/0.95, 2.6 WAR
  • Chad Qualls/MIN 5-2, 66 G, 62 IP, 49 K, 15 HLD, 2.61/1.23, 1.8 WAR
  • Blake Parker/CHC 1-2, 49 G, 46.1 IP, 55 K, 7 HLD, 2.72/1.17, 0.7 WAR
  • Jamey Wright/TBR 2-2, 66 G, 70 IP, 65 K, 6 HLD, 3.09/1.20, 0.9 WAR
  • Francisco Rodriguez/MIL/BAL 3-2, 48 G, 46.2 IP, 54 K, 10 SV, 5 HLD, 2.70/1.20, 1.2 WAR
Lineup:
1. JB Shuck/CF
2. Josh Satin/1B
3. Marlon Byrd/RF
4. Ryan Raburn/LF
5. Jeff Baker/DH
6. Donnie Murphy/3B
7. Ed Lucas/2B
8. Munenori Kawasaki/SS
9. Humberto Quintero/C

Notes:
This team is extremely versatile, with almost every infielder being able to play multiple positions (Overbay being the exception).  The bullpen would have been one of the best in MLB in 2013.

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Perfect Season

A handful of pitchers finished out the 2013 season with unblemished earned run averages (ERA).


Zero ERA Club:
*Minimum 4 IP
Francisely Bueno/KCR - 8.1 IP
Heath Hembree/SFG - 7.2 IP
Stephen Pryor/SEA - 7.1 IP
Matt Daley/NYY - 6 IP
Donnie Joseph/KCR - 5.2 IP
Rafael Dolis/CHC - 5 IP
Matt Shoemaker/LAA - 5 IP
Neftali Feliz/TEX - 4.2 IP
Enny Romero/TBR - 4.2 IP

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Last Place Teams Collective Super Squad

It was a long season for some teams, especially the ones that finished in last place in their divisions.  The Toronto Blue Jays, Chicago White Sox, Houston Astros, Miami Marlins, Chicago Cubs, and Colorado Rockies all found themselves dwelling in the basement.  However, take bits and pieces from each and a super squad 25-man roster could be built that would likely be World Series bound.
Catcher:
Jason Castro/Astros .276/.835, 63 R, 35 DBL, 18 HR, 56 RBI, 4.5 WAR
Wilin Rosario/Rockies .292/.801, 63 R, 22 DBL, 21 HR, 79 RBI, 2.3 WAR

First Base:
Edwin Encarnacion/Blue Jays .272/.904, 90 R, 29 DBL, 36 HR, 104 RBI, 7 SB, 4.0 WAR
Adam Lind/Blue Jays .288/.854, 67 R, 26 DBL, 23 HR, 67 RBI, 1.9 WAR

Second Base:
Jose Altuve/Astros .283/.678, 64 R, 31 DBL, 5 HR, 52 RBI, 35 SB, 1.0 WAR

Short Stop:
Troy Tulowitzki/Rockies .312/.931, 72 R, 27 DBL, 25 HR, 82 RBI, 5.3 WAR
Jose Reyes/Blue Jays .296/.780, 58 R, 20 DBL, 10 HR, 37 RBI, 15 SB, 2.5 WAR

Third Base:
Nolan Arenado/Rockies .267/.706, 49 R, 29 DBL, 10 HR, 52 RBI, 3.9 WAR

Outfield:
Carlos Gonzalez/Rockies .302/.958, 72 R, 23 DBL, 26 HR, 70 RBI, 21 SB, 4.9 WAR
Giancarlo Stanton/Marlins .249/.845, 62 R, 26 DBL, 24 HR, 62 RBI, 2.4 WAR
Jose Bautista/Blue Jays .259/.856, 82 R, 24 DBL, 28 HR, 73 RBI, 7 SB, 4.1 WAR
Michael Cuddyer/Rockies .331/.919, 74 R, 31 DBL, 20 HR, 84 RBI, 10 SB, 2.0 WAR
Colby Rasmus/Blue Jays .276/.840, 57 R, 26 DBL, 22 HR, 66 RBI, 4.8 WAR

Rotation:
Jose Fernandez/Marlins 12-6, 172.2 IP, 187 K, 2.19/0.98, 6.3 WAR
Chris Sale/White Sox 11-14, 214.1 IP, 226 K, 3.07/.1.07, 6.9 WAR
Travis Wood/ Cubs 9-12, 200 IP, 144 K, 3.11/1.15, 4.4 WAR
Jhoylys Chacin/Rockies 14-10, 197.1 IP, 126 K, 3.47/1.26, 5.8 WAR
Jose Quintana/White Sox 9-7, 200 IP, 164 K, 3.51/1.22, 5.4 WAR

Bullpen:
Casey Janssen/Blue Jays 4-1, 56 G, 52.2 IP, 50 K, 34 SV, 2.56/0.99, 1.4 WAR
Rex Brothers/Rockies 2-1, 72 G, 67.1 IP, 76 K, 19 SV, 1.74/1.29, 3.1 WAR
Addison Reed/White Sox 5-4, 68 G, 71.1 IP, 72 K, 40 SV, 3.79/1.11, 1.2 WAR
Steve Cishek/Marlins 4-6, 69 G, 69.2 IP, 74 K, 34 SV, 2.33/1.08, 2.1 WAR
Mike Dunn/Marlins 3-4, 75 G, 67.2 IP, 72 K, 2.66/1.20, 1.6 WAR
Adam Ottavino/Rockies 1-3, 51 G, 78.1 IP, 78 K, 2.64/1.33, 2.2 WAR
Aaron Loup/Blue Jays 4-6, 64 G, 69.1 IP, 53 K, 2.47/1.14, 1.5 WAR

Lineup:
1. Carlos Gonzalez/CF
2. Troy Tulowitzki/SS
3. Michael Cuddyer/DH
4. Edwin Encarnancion/1B
5. Jose Bautista/LF
6. Giancarlo Stanton/RF
7. Jason Castro/C
8. Nolan Arenado/3B
9. Jose Altuve/2B

Monday, September 30, 2013

John McDonald's Strange Season

Veteran journeyman and utility infielder, John McDonald, had a fascinating season.  The 38 year old found himself on 4 different teams this year.  He started off with the Pirates, then onto the Indians, then to the Phillies, and finally ended up with the Red Sox.  Playing on four MLB squads in one season is a rare feat, and to think 3 of them have made the playoffs. Too bad some of his magic didn't rub off on my beloved Phils.

He's a quality clubhouse presence and plays good defense, but his bat is one of the worst in the game today.  McDonald hit .111/.372 over 37 contests.  Pitchers often have better stats at bat.  He also made a relief appearance this season with the Phillies.

What a strange season.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

The Legend of Billy Hamilton Grows

Hamilton by the Numbers:
Games - 8
At Bats - 7
Runs - 6
Hits - 3
Doubles - 1
RBI - 1
Stolen Bases - 9
AVG - .429
OBP - .556
SLG - .571
OPS - 1.127

Billy Hamilton is a difference maker.  When on 1st or 2nd base with nobody clogging up the paths in front of him, you can expect him to steal a bag nearly every time.  Sure, he'll eventually get caught, but essentially a single or a walk has the possibility of ending up the equivalent of a triple with his speed.

In 502 minor league games, Hamilton stole 395 bases.  He hit .280/.350/.378 during that time.  He's only 23 years old, meaning his pitch recognition and on base ability will likely increase.  Look for him to grab the center field job next spring, as Shin-Soo Choo exits for a mammoth contract.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Louisville Slugger Gives Me Wood

I want to be that Louisville Slugger!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Josmil Pinto is "Catching" MLB by Storm


Do you know the name Josmil Pinto?  No...well, neither did I until about two weeks ago.  Since joining the Twins the 24 year old catcher has done nothing but hit.  In 7 games he's batting .565/1.513, with 6 R, 5 DBL, 1 HR, and 4 RBI.  That equates to a 0.6 WAR, which is amazing for such a short period of time.  Aside from a poor showing in 2010 and 2011, Pinto has hit well since coming to America playing minor league ball.  In 8 minor league seasons he's a .275/.790 batter with some pop.  Defensively he throws out 33% of base thieves.  He's making such a strong impression that the Twins are considering allowing him to be a semi-starting catcher for them in 2014, with Joe Mauer still seeing time behind the plate and at 1st base and DH.

Sunday, September 08, 2013