Sunday, October 11, 2009

Free Agent Previews!

I'm interested to hear your thoughts and opinions on our free agent previews so far. So if you would, please take a look at the players we've highlighted so far and chime in the comments section. More to come!
Thoughts?

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thome would be great in pinstripes. Don't need Figgins. Rest are injury prone or have tainted past.

Jorge Says No! said...

My only question is this: would the Yankees be willing to commit to an aging player who can only DH (Thome) while letting go an aging player who can only DH right now (Matsui)?

YHW said...

no way the Yanks sign Thome. My guess is Thome will play for a contender, rather than take the money. My guess for him would be more around, 5-6 mil. Angels? Maybe Tampa Bay?

The other contracts look good, but the one I disagree with is Felipe Lopez. His average is good, but besides that, what else does he bring to the table?

What happened to his speed? 0 SBs on the season? this dude swiped 44 three years ago. HRs? He hit 23 a few years ago. Granted, that was in Cincy, but the last 5 seasons, he hasn't hit as many HRs as he did in '05.


I understand he's heading for the prime of his career, but what does he have to grow? His speed seems to be gone, his power seems to be gone. I just can't imagine someone paying him nearly 8 mil a year for 4 years.

I say he'll either get money, or the length. Maybe a 2 year/16? Or a 4 year/20-25? That would be my guess.

GM-Carson said...

I'd love to see Chone Figgins in the same lineup at Rollins, Vic, Utley, Howard, Ibanez, and Werth.

My opinions:
1. Doubt Thome gets more than $5.5M
2. Bengi Molina will get more than $3M per season, I'm seeing 2 yr $10M
3. DeRosa at 3 yr. $24M would be a mistake, but someone is likely to do it.
4. If Nick Johnson gets 3 years at any price, that's crazy.

Jorge Says No! said...

1. Doubt Thome gets more than $5.5M

I dunno about this one, even though Thome is the NL now, he's still a legit 25-30 HR threat in the AL. What kind of deal do you think he'd get

2. Bengi Molina will get more than $3M per season, I'm seeing 2 yr $10M

I think my initial projection was a bit low on Molina. We'll see.

3. DeRosa at 3 yr. $24M would be a mistake, but someone is likely to do it.

Agreed.

4. If Nick Johnson gets 3 years at any price, that's crazy.

His injury history is scary as hell, but given his ability to get on base, play solid d, and hit for a high average, I could see MANY teams clamoring for his services this winter.

Bruce said...

In this market most of these guys are overpriced -- Matsui -- two years $16 mill for a DH???? -yes he's a great hitter but!!-- Johnny Damon is a very good player but $11 million per year-- he is getting on in years!!! John injured a lot Lackey-- 5 years 80 million?? too much

Jorge Says No! said...

I think matsui and lackey are perfectly reasonable contracts...damon might be a bit high...but some fa adjustments are coming soon!

Jason B said...

I think most of your projections are very reasonable. I think Tejada may get a tad more (maybe 2/15), Lopez a tad less (perhaps 3/18 or 4/22), Davis a bit less also (maybe 3/21 or 3/24).

Of course, it will be interesting to see how the prolonged economic slump affects the owners' willingness to open their purse strings. If there is an impact, it will be more pronounced for the second and third tier free agents. The big names will still get their big paydays, but you'll see it with guys like Branyan and Lopez settling for 2/10.