Non Tendered Free Agents PDF Print E-mail
Written by Perry Van Hook   
Tuesday, 03 December 2013 11:36

Here is a list of all non tendered free agents by position:


Scott Atchison, rhp
Dylan Axelrod, rhp
John Axford, rhp
Andrew Bailey, rhp
Daniel Bard, rhp
Ronald Belisario, rhp
Mitchell Boggs, rhp
Tyler Cloyd, rhp
Matt Daley, rhp
Eddie Gamboa, rhp
J.C. Gutierrez, rhp
Tommy Hanson, rhp
Jeremy Hefner, rhp
Daniel Hudson, rhp
Chang-Yong Lim, rhp
Cristhian Martinez, rhp
Kyle McPherson, rhp
Sandy Rosario, rhp
Ryan Webb, rhp
Jerome Williams, rhp
Wesley Wright, lhp


David Adams
Mat Gamel, 1b
Chris Getz
Paul Janish
Elliot Johnson
Garrett Jones, 1b
Chris Nelson
Jayson Nix
Omar Quintanilla
Justin Turner


Matt Carson
Chris Coghlan
Sam Fuld
Ryan Kalish
Xavier Paul
Francisco Peguero
Jason Pridie
Derrick Robinson
Jordany Valdespin


J.P. Arencibia
Lou Marson
Michael McKenry

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 December 2013 00:00
Waiver Claim with Potential PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rob Leibowitz   
Monday, 25 November 2013 16:56

Waiver claims rarely lead to much, but the Orioles’ claim of Cord Phelps from the Indians could be an exception. Heading into 2014 the Orioles currently have prospect Jonathan Schoop penciled in as their starting second basemen. The 22-year old spent most of 2013 in Triple-A where he showed decent pop for a middle infielder, but produced a rather lackluster .256/.301/.396 slash and as you can tell by those numbers is a player with an somewhat overly aggressive approach. The righty’s upside is perhaps that of a .270s hitter who can hit in the neighborhood of 15 homers and play at least an adequate second base.

Enter Cord Phelps, who will turn 27 prior to Opening Day, and who has toiled in the Indians’ system for a number of years and has not gotten much of an opportunity to show what he can do at the MLB level.  A switch hitter, who has played third base as well as second, Phelps like Schoop has mid to upper teens HR power.  Unlike Schoop, Phelps has shown very solid plate discipline skills in the upper levels of the minors and a good ability to make contact. It is entirely possible the Orioles’ will utilize Phelps much as the Indians’ have  - organizational filler or back-up, but given Schoop’s youth and game which could be exploited by MLB pitchers; there may be an opportunity for Phelps as a starter. The one other caveat has Phelps coming off a wrist injury that put him on the 60-day DL and limited him to sub-300 plate appearances.

Last Updated on Saturday, 30 November 2013 21:43
McCann to Yanks PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rob Leibowitz   
Saturday, 23 November 2013 23:33

Brian McCann signed a 5-year deal with an option for a 6th with the New York Yankees on Saturday evening. The deal is an interesting one as the Yankees could have opted for a stop-gap maneuver instead of shelling out the cash for McCann and awaited for prospect Gary Sanchez’s arrival.

My thoughts regarding McCann have not changed much from a few week’s back:

“The 30-year-old is also one of the youngest potential free agent catchers with only Jarrod Saltalamacchia coming in under 30. McCann was limited due to injuries and struggled to hit for average for the second consecutive season but actually managed to show more power per plate appearance than ever, posting the highest HR/FB ratio of his career (16.3%). Given the context of his career and absent a move to a better home run hitter’s park, this will probably regress. Otherwise, McCann is generally an unchanged player possessing above average plate discipline skills. McCann has noticeably lost speed and given little change in where he hits the ball (a 22% line drive rate to boot), that may be the main culprit in the decline of his batting average. McCann now owns a career .289 BABIP. A slight rise from his .261 BABIP performance back towards career norms could once again make him a .270s hitter.”

The move will allow the Yankees to take it slow with Sanchez. Sanchez reached Double-A as a 20 year old who won’t legally be able to purchase alcohol until the first week of December. Expect Sanchez to spend most of, if not all of 2014 in Double-A and 2015 in Triple-A. It is not a foregone conclusion that Sanchez will be trade bait, though he certainly needs quite a bit of work in the plate discipline department, as Sanchez’s first full  year of being 23 will be in McCann’s third year of this contract.

Last Updated on Saturday, 23 November 2013 23:57
Freese/Bourjos Deal Thoughts PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rob Leibowitz   
Saturday, 23 November 2013 23:22

The Cardinals dealt from their depth on Friday moving David Freese and Fernando Salas to the Angels for the Angels' outfield depth in the form of Peter Bourjos as well as prospect Randal Grichuk.

From a roster ramification standpoint, Freese moves into the 3B spot for the Angels which has been a black hole for some time. The move pushes Grant Green to the bench or minors. Kole Calhoun had already supplanted Bourjos in the outfield, so Bourjos became leverage for the Angels to fill their needs at third base.

The Cardinals, on the other hand, are in the outfield market and have substantial depth in the infield with Matt Carpenter playing out of position at second base. He now moves back to his natural spot at 3B clearing tha path for former first round draft pick, Kolten Wong, to earn second base job this spring. Bourjos allows the Cardinals to move John Jay to a fourth outfield role and will take over as their starting center fielder. Fernando Salas’ role is relatively unchanged as a middle reliever/set-up man. Randal Grichuck will move up to Triple-A and could, with a good season, challenge for a starting outfield spot.

Breaking down the players, Freese’s 2013 season was a massive disappointment. While his plate approach and where he hits the ball has not changed significantly, Freese failed to hit for either average or power. I find myself wondering his 2011-2012 campaigns, not the 2013 campaign, might be the flukes though and not the reverse. First off, Freese is an extreme groundball hitter (52.4% career) contrasted against a 25.7% career fly-ball mark. In 2011 and 2012 Freese hit 17% and 20% of his fly-balls for home runs and dropped to under 11% for 2013. While some rebound is possible, where Freese hits the balls is the profile of a power hitter, but that of a doubles and teens HR hitter. My skepticism is further enhanced by Freese’s .350-plus batting average on balls in play in 2011 and 2012 which for a player witih little speed to speak of and mediocre contact-making abilities, seems over his head. In Freese’s favor for at least some rebound, however, are consistent line-drive tendencies. While I do not believe in Freese for 2014, there is some skill and talent here for a modest rebound into the .270 to .280 batting average range/15 HR range especially when you consider that he is moving to more of a hitter-friendly park (Busch Stadium is an extreme pitchjer's park)..

Fernando Salas, 28, is a strikezone pounding reliever. The righty is not noted for a blazing fastball, but spots his fastball well and compliments it well with his slider and changeup, and has a fairly good history  of getting swings and misses with it (career 8.7 K/9), but posted just a 7.1 K/9 last year for the Cardinals. Salas has been a successful closer at times during his MLB career and could vault to the top of the pile should Ernesto Frieri struggle or become injured.

The Cardinals perhaps acquired the best defensive centerfielder in all of baseball. Bourjos, who will be 27 come opening day, has spent some significant time on the disabled list (wrist, hamstring, etc). over the last few seasons and has only one full MLB season under his belt. When on the field, Bourjos is an aggressive right-handed hitter with double-digits pop and twenty-plus stolen base skills. At the plate, Bourjos has not shown any sign of improvements to his approach. If he can stay healthy, there is nothing to see here that suggests he can out perform his 2011 campaign and that given his strikeout rates, its possible that he could even dip from his .270s batting average

Randal Grichuk was a former first round draft by the Angels. The righty is blessed with plus-power potential and a quick bat and is a fairly good all around athlete who can play centerfield in a pinch, but  is better suited to LF or RF. Grichuck makes fairly consistent contact, but is a rather aggressive hitter who hit just .256/.306/.474. Grichuck’s current trajectory is a right-handed platoon player unless he can turn things around against righties and adjust to advanced level breaking stuff.

Overall this is a deal that should in theory improve both clubs by allowing them to fill holes in their lineups and maximize their organizational depth, but at the same time headlines two players with a lot to prove and could result in both organizations trying to fix their 3B and CF issues next off season too.

Last Updated on Saturday, 23 November 2013 23:55
Mets Add Chris B. Young PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rob Leibowitz   
Friday, 22 November 2013 10:47

The Mets signed former Arizona Diamondback and Oakland Athletic Chris B. Young to a one-year deal. The ultimate configuration of the Mets’ opening day outfield is actually a bit of a mystery with Eric Young Jr. and Juan Lagares penciled in along with Young. With the Mets seeking to add offense and opening up their pocket books a little bit, it would be surprising if this was the final alignment.

If Young were a lefty, he’d likely still be receiving 600-plus plate appearances a year, but alas Young hit .193 against righties last year and just .225 for his career compared to a respectable .262/.363/.474 versus lefties. Young is still a a patient hitter with 20-plus per season homerun power, but over the years has failed to adjust his game rendering him a wrong-side of the platoon player with 20-20 (or better tools).

Young can perform better than he did last season even with his shortcomings as he posted a career low .237 BABIP contrasted against his career .274 mark. If used judiciously (read: not against righties), Young could produce some fantasy-worthy 5th outfielder in an NL only league stats. But at this late point the game, anyone adding Young should be just doing it for the power/speed and automatically eschewing any help in the batting average department.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 November 2013 11:24
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