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Sunday, November 06, 2016

Benevolence or stupidity? Cubs pay Hammels to go away

For a paltry 12 million, the Cubs could have had a really good long man/spot starte; or they could have signed and traded him. But they paid 2 million to let him walk.  Hammels stands to make millions from this move as he becomes one of the best starters on the market.

charityslave is thinking about baseball Posted: November 06, 2016 at 09:34 PM | 70 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, free agency

Thursday, November 03, 2016

Top 111 Free Agents

Players are ranked based on how I expect teams will view them, not on how I view them myself. Essentially, they’re ranked from predicted biggest contract to smallest, not accounting for options.

All ages are as of April 1, 2017.

1. Yoenis Cespedes (31, OF, Mets): It couldn’t have been a very difficult call; Cespedes will opt out of the final two years of his three-year, $75 million contract and seek a longer contract after striking out on getting a five- or six-year deal in a crowded outfield market last winter. Even if he is a year older, he’s in better position this time around after another All-Star season in which he demonstrated his 2015 was no fluke. Especially nice was that he upped his walk rate and posted a .354 OBP. Cespedes needs to be in left, not center, going forward, but he can be a plus defender there. He’s due at least $100 million for four years or $120 million for five….

4. Justin Turner (32, 3B, Dodgers): Turner has accumulated 8.9 rWAR the last two years, the second highest total among free agents behind Cespedes’s 9.2. While his OBP tumbled (he finished at .339 after coming in at .370 in 2015 and .404 in 322 plate appearances in 2014), Turner set new personal bests in homers (27), triples (three) and doubles (34) last season. He’s also graded out as an above average defensive third baseman since becoming a regular at the hot corner. He’d be a modest bargain at $20 million per year if he could keep it up. It just remains to be seen whether he gets four years or has to settle for three.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 03, 2016 at 03:39 PM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

OT: NBA Offseason Thread, July 2016

I estimate only 10-12 Primates care about the NBA, but with our own off-topic thread, we won’t distract from the site’s true purpose, off-topic threads. Link goes to Kevin Durant’s announcement in The Players’ Tribune.


 

 

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