Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Veterans Day- MLB Style

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

Article first appeared on We Should Be GMs.


* = free agent

AL East:
Baltimore Orioles - Adam Jones/2008, *Nick Markakis/2006

Boston Red Sox - David Ortiz/2003

New York Yankees - Alex Rodriguez/2004

Tampa Bay Rays - Ben Zobrist/2006

Toronto Blue Jays - Jose Bautista/2008, *Dustin McGowan/2005


AL Central:
Chicago White Sox - John Danks/2007 

Cleveland Indians - Carlos Carrasco & Michael Brantley/2009

Detroit Tigers - Justin Verlander/2005

Kansas City Royals - 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 - Coco Crisp, Josh Donaldson & Eric Sogard/2010

Seattle Mariners - Felix Hernandez/2005

Texas Rangers - Matt Harrison/2008 


NL East:
Atlanta Braves - Kris Medlen/2009 

Miami Marlins - Giancarlo Stanton & Steve Cishek/2010

New York Mets - David Wright/2004

Philadelphia Phillies - Jimmy Rollins/2000

Washington Nationals - Ryan Zimmerman/2005

NL Central:
Chicago Cubs - Starlin Castro & Welington Castillo/2010

Cincinnati Reds - Brandon Phillips/2006 

Milwaukee Brewers - Yovani Gallardo & Ryan Braun/2007, *Rickie Weeks/2003

Pittsburgh Pirates - Neil Walker & Andrew McCutchen/2009 

St. Louis Cardinals - Yadier Molina/2004 


NL West:
Arizona Diamondbacks - Miguel Montero/2006

Colorado Rockies - Troy Tulowitzki/2006

Los Angeles Dodgers - Matt Kemp & Andre Ethier/2006

San Diego Padres - Will Venable/2008

San Francisco Giants - Matt Cain/2005

Sunday, November 02, 2014

More Bang For Your Buck

With a shrewd eye for talent, savvy business sense, and luck, a bargain can still be found in the free agent market. I composed a 25-man roster of free agents signed last offseason (2013-2014) to contracts of $2 million or less. Aside from a shaky back-end of the rotation, this team could compete.

Payroll - $26.75 million (via Cot's Baseball Contracts)
WAR - 33.1 (via Baseball-Reference)
Article first appeared on We Should Be GMs

Catcher:
Michael McKenry/COL/$0.75M - 57 G, .315/.910, 23 R, 8 HR, 22 RBI, 2.0 WAR.

First Base:
Juan Francisco/TOR/$1.35M - 106 G, .220/.747, 40 R, 16 DBL, 16 HR, 43 RBI, 0.5 WAR.

Second Base:
Brian Roberts/NYY/$2M - 91 G, .237/.659, 40 R, 16 DBL, 21 RBI, 7 SB, 1.5 WAR.

Shortstop:
Justin Turner/LAD/$1M - 109 G, .340/.897, 46 R, 21 DBL, 7 HR, 43 RBI, 4.3 WAR.

Third Base:
Casey McGehee/MIA/$1.1M - 160 G, .287/.712, 56 R, 29 DBL, 76 RBI, 1.1 WAR.

Outfield:
JD Martinez/DET/$0.5M 123 G, .315/.912, 57 R, 30 DBL, 23 HR, 76 RBI, 4.2 WAR.

Chris Coghlan/CHC/$0.8M - 125 G, .283/.804, 50 R, 28 DBL, 5 TRPL, 9 HR, 41 RBI, 7 SB, 0.2 WAR.

Sam Fuld/OAK/MIN/$0.8M - 113 G, .239/.663, 40 R, 16 DBL, 36 RBI, 21 SB, 1.8 WAR.

Designated Hitter:
Delmon Young/BAL/$1M - 83 G, .302/.779, 27 R, 11 DBL, 7 HR, 30 RBI, 0.8 WAR.

Bench:
Wil Nieves/PHI/C/$1.125M - 36 G, .254/.614, 0.7 WAR.

Grady Sizemore/BOS/PHI/OF/$0.75M - 112 G, .233/.654, 35 R, 19 DBL, 27 RBI, 0.2 WAR.

Mark Reynolds/MIL/1B/3B/$2M - 130 G, .196/.681, 47 R, 22 HR, 45 RBI, 0.7 WAR.

Munenori Kawasaki/TOR/UTL/$0.5M - 82 G, .258/.623, 31 R, 17 RBI, 0.7 WAR.

Lineup:
1. Chris Coghlan/LF
2. Justin Turner/SS
3. JD Martinez/RF
4. Delmon Young/DH
5. Michael McKenry/C
6. Juan Francisco/1B
7. Casey McGehee/3B
8. Sam Fuld/CF
9. Brian Roberts/2B

Rotation:
Aaron Harang/ATL/$1M - 33 GS, 204.1 IP, 161 K, 12-12, 3.57/1.40, 1.9 WAR.

Chris Young/SEA/$1.25M - 30 G, 29 GS, 165 IP, 108 K, 12-9, 3.65/1.23, 1.9 WAR.

Colby Lewis/TEX/$2M - 29 GS, 170.1 IP, 133 K, 10-14, 5.18/1.52, -0.7 WAR.

Daisuke Matsuzaka/NYM/$1.5M - 34 G, 9 GS, 83.1 IP, 78 K, 3-3, 3.89/1.34, 0.2 WAR.

Tsuyoshi Wada/CHC/$0.5M - 13 GS, 69.1 IP, 57 K, 4-4,  3.25/1.24, 1.6 WAR.

Bullpen:
Scott Atchison/CLE/$0.8M - 70 G, 72 IP, 49 G, 7-0, 2 SV, 2.75/1.03, 1.7 WAR.

Pat Neshek/STL/$1M - 71 G, 67.1 IP, 68 K, 7-2, 6 SV, 1.87/0.79, 2.3 WAR.

Tony Sipp/HOU/$0.5M - 56 G, 50.2 IP, 63 K, 4-3, 4 SV, 3.38/0.89, 0.8 WAR.

Zach Putman/CHW/$0.5M - 49 G, 54.2 IP, 46 K, 5-3, 6 SV, 1.98/1.08, 1.9 WAR.

Jason Frasor/TEX/KCR/$1.75M - 61 G, 47.1 IP, 46 K, 4-1, 2.66/1.23, 0.8 WAR.

Wesley Wright/CHC/$1.425M - 58 G, 48.1 IP, 37 K, 3.17/1.39, 0.8 WAR.

Zach Duke/MIL/$0.85M - 74 G, 58.2 IP, 74 K, 5-1, 2.45/1.13, 1.2 WAR.

Monday, October 13, 2014

The Howard- 2014 Final Standings

The Howard- when a player strikes out, commits an error, and hits a homerun all within the same game.  Lovingly named after the Philadelphia Phillies slugger, Ryan Howard. Stat's creation circa 2009 by We Should Be GMs.


The Howard 2014 Standings:


  • B. Belt/SFG- 3
  • I. Desmond/WSH- 3
  • M. Adams/STL- 2
  • A. Beltre/TEX- 2
  • J. Bruce/CIN- 2
  • M. Choice/TEX- 2
  • C. Davis/BAL- 2
  • Y. Gomes/CLE- 2
  • I. Kinsler/DET- 2
  • M. McKenry/COL- 2
  • B. Miller/SEA- 2
  • M. Olt/CHC- 2
  • C. Owings/ARI- 2
  • G. Parra/ARI/MIL- 2
  • A. Ramirez/CHW- 2
  • A. Rizzo/CHC- 2
  • D. Ross/BOS- 2
  • K. Seager/SEA- 2
  • J. Singleton/HOU- 2
  • N. Swisher/CLE- 2
  • O. Arcia/MIN- 1
  • C. Asche/PHI- 1
  • M. Aviles/CLE- 1
  • J. Baez/CHC- 1
  • J. Bautista/TOR- 1
  • B. Butler/KCR- 1
  • M. Cabrera/DET- 1
  • A. Callaspo/LAA- 1
  • G. Cecchini/BOS- 1
  • L. Chisenhall/CLE- 1
  • M. Clark/MIL- 1
  • C. Colabello/MIN- 1
  • M. Cuddyer/COL- 1
  • T. d'Arnaud/NYM- 1
  • K. Davis/MIL- 1
  • M. den Dekker/NYM- 1
  • C. Dickerson/COL- 1
  • D. Dietrich/MIA- 1
  • M. Dominguez/HOU- 1
  • J. Donaldson/OAK- 1
  • B. Dozier/MIN- 1
  • L. Duda/NYM- 1
  • A. Dunn/CHW- 1
  • E. Encarnacion/TOR- 1
  • E. Escobar/MIN- 1
  • D. Espinosa/WSH- 1
  • W. Flores/NYM- 1
  • J. Francisco/TOR- 1
  • N. Franklin/TBR- 1
  • N. Freiman/OAK- 1
  • E. Gattis/ATL- 1
  • S. Gennett/MIL- 1
  • J. Giavotella/KCR- 1
  • C. Gomez/MIL- 1
  • R. Howard/PHI- 1
  • O. Infante/KCR- 1
  • K. Johnson/NYY- 1
  • A. Jones/BAL- 1
  • G. Jones/MIA- 1
  • J. Kipnis/CLE- 1
  • J. Lake/CHC- 1
  • M. Leake/CIN- 1
  • M. Machado/BAL- 1
  • M. Maldonado/MIL- 1
  • J. Mayberry/PHI- 1
  • M. Moustakas/KCR- 1
  • M. Napoli/BOS- 1
  • R. Odor/TEX- 1
  • M. Ozuna/MIA- 1
  • J. Peralta/STL- 1
  • S. Perez/KCR- 1
  • B. Phillips/CIN- 1
  • A. Ramirez/MIL- 1
  • H. Ramirez/LAD- 1
  • A. Recker/NYM- 1
  • A. Rendon/WSH- 1
  • R. Rivera/SDP- 1
  • J. Rollins/PHI- 1
  • W. Rosario/COL- 1
  • J. Saltalamacchia/MIA- 1
  • T. Sanchez/PIT- 1
  • J. Schoop/BAL- 1
  • E. Sogard/OAK- 1
  • J. Soler/CHC- 1
  • D. Span/WSH- 1
  • G. Stanton/MIA- 1
  • M. Teixeira/NYY- 1
  • J. Turner/LAD- 1
  • M. Trout/LAA- 1
  • J. Upton/ATL- 1
  • C. Valaika/CHC- 1
  • L. Valbuena/CHC- 1
  • D. Viciedo/CHW- 1
  • J. Villar/HOU- 1
  • R. Weeks/MIL- 1
  • R. Zimmerman/WSH- 1


  • Inside the Numbers: 
    *118 Howards were committed in 2014, the 2nd highest total since the stat's creating back in 2009.  Year - # of Howards: 2009- 111, 2010- 112, 2011- 107, 2012- 129, 2013- 92, and 2014- 118.

    *The 2014 Howard standings will be achieved on the right sidebar.

    Monday, September 15, 2014

    Can Pittsburgh Sneak Into The Playoffs?

    The 2014 season has been somewhat of a roller coaster ride for the Pittsburgh Pirates. After having high expectations going into the year, they have certainly looked like playoff pretenders at times during the year. However, they are heating up at just the right time, and they could sneak in as a wild-card team in the National League. In fact, they might even be able to contend with the St. Louis Cardinals to win the National League Central.


    Everything starts with fantasy baseball standout Andrew McCutchen for the Pittsburgh Pirates. As long as he is performing at a high level, this team has a shot. He is looking like a MVP candidate for the 2nd year in a row, and he has put some nagging injuries behind him to make a strong playoff push in the month of September. That has allowed Pittsburgh to play very well in the last couple of weeks, closing the gap in a hurry.

    Milwaukee and Atlanta are the 2 teams that they are going to be fighting against for a wild-card spot, and fortunately Pittsburgh will be able to play both of them in a series. That all begins on September 19, so in a way Pittsburgh controls its own destiny for a spot in the playoffs.

    Pitching is still somewhat of a concern for the team in general, but they feel like the hitting is coming along nicely. They were a feel-good story a year ago, and now they are just trying to live up to expectations. No one knows for sure what will happen in the last few weeks of the regular season, but Pittsburgh has a chance to show that last year was not a fluke by any means. If they play well against the 2 teams competing with them right now, this team will be riding a hot streak right into the playoffs as a very dangerous team.

    Guest Writer: Mark Jenkins

    Friday, September 12, 2014

    The Impact of Alejandro De Aza


    When the Baltimore Orioles acquired outfielder Alejandro De Aza from the Chicago White Sox, it was merely looked at as a fluff move with no real future impact.  Boy oh boy, that has been far from the case.  Through his first 8 games played with the O's, he's hit .424 (14-33) with 5 R, 1 DBL, 2 TRPL, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 4 BB, 2 SB and a 1.244 OPS.  All 8 games have been wins for the Orioles as well.  That's impact!

    Thursday, September 11, 2014

    Friday, August 22, 2014

    Zach Walters: Hitter of Homeruns

    Zach Walters was traded from the Washington Nationals to the Cleveland Indians before the Trade Deadline in the Asdrubal Cabrera deal.  He is a 24 year old prospect that is capable of playing all over the field, so as long as he hits, he'll find a way into the lineup.  Walters doesn't have much to show for in terms of batting average (.208 in 72 at bats).  However, when he does seem to get a hit, it often goes over the fence.  Of his 15 hits this season, 7 have gone for homeruns.  Splits: Nationals - 8 H, 3 HR, Indians - 7 H, 4 HR, which equals a .514 slugging percentage.

    Sunday, August 17, 2014

    Michael Martinez Historically Horrible (Update)

    Michael Martinez might seem like a harmless individual. Those outside the state of Pennsylvania probably don't understand the depths of his awfulness.  Thanks to parts of 4 seasons in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh he's amassed enough playing time to sink to historically horrible levels.  Mini-Mart's career batting average is down to .182, which ranks 4,440 out of  4,449 since 1900 for non-pitchers with 400+ plate appearances.  His disastrous OPS is at a  low of .483, that ranks him 4,436 out of 4,449.


    I know the Phillies GM, Ruben Amaro, is a poor judge of talent/value, but what the hell is wrong with the Pirates GM Neal Hunnington?

    Wednesday, August 06, 2014

    Good Returns on Small Investments

    Below you will find a 25-man roster compiled of players that were signed to minor league contracts this past offseason. The bullpen is solid, the offense would likely be better than some actual MLB teams', but the rotation is poor.

    Catcher:
    Michael McKenry/COL - 30 G, .337/.891, 0.7 WAR
    John Baker/CHC - 52 G, .206/.542

    First Base:
    Mark Reynolds/MIL - 94 G, 41 R, 19 HR, 39 RBI, .208/.722, 1.5 WAR
    Lyle Overbay/MIL - 83 G, .228/.647

    Second Base:
    Emilio Bonifacio/CHC/ATL - 73 G, 35 R, 16 SB, .278/.691, 1.4 WAR

    Short Stop:
    Munenori Kawasaki/TOR - 42 G, .277/.645

    Third Base:
    Justin Turner/LAD - 72 G, 31 R, 23 RBI, .308/.804, 2.4 WAR

    Utility Infielder:
    Ramon Santiago/CIN - 50 G, .235/.642, 0.4 WAR

    Outfield:
    Chris Coghlan/CHC - 74 G, 31 R, 20 RBI, .292/.846, 0.4 WAR
    Sam Fuld/OAK/MIN - 65 G, 22 R, 21 RBI, 16 SB, .262/.712, 1.6 WAR
    JD Martinez/DET - 72 G, 34 R, 18 DBL, 15 HR,48 RBI, .312/.936, 2.5 WAR
    Reed Johnson/MIA - 78 G, .239/.628

    Designated Hitter:
    Delmon Young/BAL - 54 G, .327/.824, 0.8 WAR

    Lineup:
    1. Chris Coghlan/LF
    2. Justin Turner/3B
    3. JD Martinez/RF
    4. Delmon Young/DH
    5. Michael McKenry/C
    6. Sam Fuld/CF
    7. Emilio Bonifacio/2B
    8. Mark Reynolds/1B
    9. Munenori Kawasaki/SS

    Starting Rotation:
    Erik Bedard/TBR - 17 G, 15 GS, 75.2 IP, 64 K, 4.76/1.49
    Aaron Harang/ATL - 23 GS, 142.1 IP, 110 K, 3.41/1.39, 1.8 WAR
    Colby Lewis/TEX - 20 GS, 111.1 IP, 91 K, 5.50/1.65
    Daisuke Matsuzaka/NYM - 28 G, 9 GS, 74.1 IP, 71 K, 3.87/1.33, 0.2 WAR
    Tsuyoshi Wada/CHC - 4 GS, 21.1 IP, 19 K, 3.32/1.34, 0.8 WAR

    Bullpen:
    Scott Atchison/CLE - 47 G, 49 IP, 35 K, 2.76/0.94, 1.2 WAR
    Matt Guerrier/MIN - 27 G, 28 IP, 12 K, 3.86/1.43, 0.3 WAR
    Pat Neshek/STL - 50 G, 46.1 IP, 49 K, 0.78/0.60, 2.3 WAR
    Tony Sipp/HOU - 37 G, 33.2 IP, 43 K, 2.41/0.86, 1.1 WAR
    Zach Duke/MIL - 52 G, 44.1 IP, 60 K, 1.83/1.04, 1.2 WAR
    Juan Gutierrez/SFG - 46 G, 50 IP, 34 K, 2.70/1.00, 0.6 WAR
    Zach Putnam/CHW - 33 G, 38.1 IP, 32 K, 2.35/1.20, 1.1 WAR

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

    Michael Martinez is Bad at Baseball


    As a Phillies fan, I am well aware of the magnitude of suck that Michael Martinez brings to a team.  However, poor Pirates fans may have no clue what they're getting into.  I'm here to make it blatantly clear just how awful Mini-Mart is.

    Since 1901, 4439 batters (non-pitchers), have been to the plate 400+ times (Martinez currently at 407 plate apperances).  He ranks 4427th with a .185 batting average and 4421st with a .492 OPS.  How the hell does this man continue to hold a job?  That is historically horrible.

    Sunday, July 06, 2014

    Domingo Santana is Good at Striking Out

    Much ballyhooed Houston Astros prospect, Domingo Santana, is not enjoying his first taste of MLB action.  Through 4 games he's struck out 11 times in 13 at bats.  That's gotta be setting some sorta record.