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— A Timely Look at Transactions as They Happen
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Padres - Signed Maddux
San Diego Padres - Signed P Greg Maddux to a 1-year, $10 million contract.
Given the state of the free agent market, I think this is a terrific signing. Some may scoff about his 98 ERA+ but that’s actually slightly on the plus side of average, his peripherals were a bit better, and the nature of the park prevents him from having a huge downside without injury. Just to illustrate the less-than-special market out there, here are the free agent starters, ranked by 2007 ERA+:
Schilling - 122
That’s a horrible group of pitchers. Available in the free agent market this offseason are a total of 11 pitchers that were league-average or better this season and only 6 of them are not in their 40s and not announcing that they’ll probably retire if they don’t return to the Yankees. When the class of the market is Rodrigo Lopez, Carlos Silva, Kyle Lohse, Jon Lieber, Josh Fogg, and Randy Wolf, I might as well not even bother reporting transactions this offseason; just assume that any long-term deal for a starting pitcher is unbelievably awful.
Seriously, who on that list would you prefer and can get at that price? I don’t see anyone who would probably be willing to sign a one-year contract for $10 million who is anywhere near as desirable as Maddux.
Paul Byrd could be added to the list and if he does, he becomes one of the elite of the free agent class, which is not only quite sad but also suggests that the Indians better be picking up the club option if plan B involves a signing.
For those that don’t remember, ZiPS projects Maddux at 14-11, 3.91 (I don’t have my template handy at the moment).
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