Posted on: December 12, 2009 2:07 pm
Edited on: December 12, 2009 2:09 pm

25 Man Roster Made up of Current Free Agents. has an interesting article posted right now about the Top 25 free agents still available. I didn't believe there was a strong enough market to make a decent team, but it seems like I was wrong. On the other hand, this team would be way overpriced. I went through and added in their 2009 salaries (some will make more, some will make less, but it's a good starting point), and found the team would be WAY overpriced (in my opinion) at $195,593,291. That places them squarely in between the two most expensive teams, the New York Yankees and the New York Mets... and I would expect the quality of their play to be somewhere in between the two.

Here's the list (with 2009 salaries added by me). The article will follow.

The Free-Agent 25-man Roster (Salary)
Starting Pitchers:
RHP John Lackey $10,000,000
RHP Joel Pineiro $7,500,000
RHP Ben Sheets $12,125,000
RHP Justin Duchscherer $3,900,000
LHP Aroldis Chapman $3,240,000 (avg. 2009 MLB salary)

Relief Pitchers:
RHP Jose Valverde $8,000,000
LHP Mike Gonzalez $3,450,000
RHP Fernando Rodney $2,700,000
RHP Octavio Dotel $6,000,000
LHP Darren Oliver $3,665,000

Bengie Molina $6,500,000
Rod Barajas $2,500,000

First Base:
Carlos Delgado $12,000,000

Second Base:
Orlando Hudson $3,364,877

Third Base:
Adrian Beltre $13,400,000

Migel Tejada $14,811,414

Matt Holliday $13,500,000
Jason Bay $7,800,000
Johnny Damon $13,000,000
Mike Cameron $10,000,000
Jermaine Dye $11,500,000

Mark DeRosa $5,500,000

Corner Infielders:
Nick Johnson $5,500,000
Troy Glaus $12,137,000

Middle Infielder:
Felipe Lopez $3,500,000

Team Salary
Average Salary

Impressive roster of free agents remains
With Meetings over, plenty of Hot Stove action to come
By John Schlegel /

12/12/09 12:00 AM EST

The shopping season that began in earnest in Indianapolis is far from over, and the inventory of free agents remains stocked to the rafters.

An ace and two slugging outfielders have dominated the spotlight so far this offseason, but they are only part of what could be a full roster of free agents who can contribute to clubs.

A few good men -- from right-hander Rich Harden getting a fresh start with the Rangers and veterans like catcher Pudge Rodriguez and starter Randy Wolf -- have landed on rosters for next season.

There remains a lot of talent to be had, and plenty of shoppers who didn't get very deep into their checklist at the Winter Meetings in Indy.

Of course, there are also some big names available on the trade market, starting with Toronto ace Roy Halladay and including slugging second baseman Dan Uggla and right-hander Derek Lowe. There also will be another haul of free agents come Saturday, when some talented players such as Rockies third baseman Garrett Atkins are not expected to be tendered contracts by the deadline to do so.

Whatever this year's class of free agents might lack in chart-topping largesse compared to a year ago, the current group already makes up for in depth.

At the top tier, starter John Lackey and sluggers Matt Holliday and Jason Bay likely won't be ringing the same financial bells CC Sabathia and Mark Teixeira did a year ago. But then the field of free agents covers a little more ground right now than it did a year ago.

Enough to fill a team from scratch? Perhaps. Could be fun.

OK, then, in the spirit of the shopping season, here's an empty, reusable shopping bag and a 25-man roster spree down the 2009-10 free agent aisle:

Starting pitchers (5): Lackey, Joel Pineiro, Ben Sheets, Justin Duchscherer and Aroldis Chapman.
Lackey's far and away the class of the group, and Pineiro is coming off a career year with the Cardinals. The rest of the group has potential issues, of course, as do other possible selections like Jon Garland, Erik Bedard, John Smoltz, Randy Johnson, Kelvim Escobar and Brett Myers. And Chapman, the 21-year-old Cuban defector? Why not?

Relief pitchers (5): Jose Valverde, Mike Gonzalez, Fernando Rodney, Octavio Dotel, Darren Oliver.
The Astros have moved on from Valverde, picking Brandon Lyon from the free-agent aisle and acquiring Matt Lindstrom via trade. Valverde stands out with two 40-save seasons preceding a 25-save campaign in '09. But the rest all could contribute.

Catchers (2): Bengie Molina, Rod Barajas.
With Pudge Rodriguez off the market with the Nationals now, the catcher most coveted on the market is (and was) Bengie Molina, who works a staff as well as anyone and hits well enough that he batted cleanup for the Giants (although that was a bit of a stretch). With Jason Kendall now snapped up, Barajas is a solid backup choice.

First baseman: Carlos Delgado.
If he's indeed healthy after hip surgery and he can return even to his 2008 form, Delgado could be big again in the middle of someone's lineup. He has 473 homers and 1,510 RBIs behind him, and probably a good number of each ahead of him if he's healthy.

Second baseman: Orlando Hudson.
What a difference a year makes, eh? Last year, he had to wait and wait for the call, but this year O-Dog is top dog among second basemen. His Gold Glove defense and all-around presence is something any team would covet.

Third baseman: Adrian Beltre
No, his last deal with the Mariners didn't exactly turn out the way everybody had hoped, but he did rally a bit after a horrendous start in Seattle. He'll be only 31 in April.

Shortstop: Miguel Tejada
Since Beltre's available, Tejada can stay at shortstop on this roster. Having regained some of his dominant form while with the Astros, Tejada is one of the more coveted bats on the market.

Outfielders (5): Holliday, Bay, Johnny Damon, Mike Cameron, Jermaine Dye.
Holliday and Bay will get big deals, because they're both big-deal guys -- a lot of pop from the right side. After that, Damon and Cameron can still fill a lineup spot for pretty much any team, and Dye remains a solid choice for right field and DH if needed. Gary Sheffield, Randy Winn and Rick Ankiel are other considerations. This configuration leaves out the World Series MVP, Hideki Matsui -- who does have some NL interest in him, despite more DH credentials.

Utility: Mark DeRosa
He'll literally play anywhere, any day. In fact, that might limit teams interested in him, simply because his value might not fit their need for a multi-position player. We'll take him, for sure.

Corner infielders: Nick Johnson, Troy Glaus
Would be nice to have a first baseman of Johnson's caliber around especially if Delgado's the starter, and Glaus can deliver some pop off this bench.

Middle infielder: Felipe Lopez.
Orlando Cabrera has made the rounds, and they've won pretty much everywhere he's gone. But Lopez gets an edge here because he brings experience to the table at both middle spots and he's younger.

OK. That's 25.

But, hey, that's just one way to fill the free-agent shopping bag.

Point is, there is still plenty of inventory for those shopping GMs.

John Schlegel is a national reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Category: MLB
Posted on: September 18, 2008 2:42 am
Edited on: September 18, 2008 2:43 am

Brad's 2008 Oakland Athletics Awards

Borrowed from an Oakland Athletics Message Board Thread that I felt deserved a blog post...

Team Awards:

Front Office: B (Hard to see a lot of those guys go, a couple seemed like poor deals, but the dividends from Nick Swisher and Dan Haren are already apparent)
On Field Management (Geren & Co): C
Player Performance: B- (Some great surprises, some great disappointments)
CBS Sportsline A's fans: A+ (My first season on the boards, even though I was only active the first half... dang crazy new 60 hr/week job)

Individual Awards:
MVP: Jack Cust (Will probably set the K's record, but who else is more deserving?)
Cy Young: Justin Duchscherer
Fireman: Brad Ziegler (Runner Up: Joey Devine)
ROY: Ryan Sweeney
Unsung Hero: Kurt Suzuki
Best Surprise: Dana Eveland and Greg Smith (Ziegler was more unexpected, but nobody would have even thought playoffs in the first half if it weren't for these two.)
Biggest Disappointment: Daric Barton (Runner Up: Eric Chavez)
Next Year's Rookie to Watch: Aaron Cunningham
So Long and Thanks for All the Fish: Rich Harden (A Douglas Adams salute)
Don't come back Award: Emil Brown
Hope he gets it figured out award: Daric Barton
Position that needs to be filled: 3B... possibly with Jeff Baisley?
Best Athletics Player in Community: Mark Ellis (Community activism with diabetes)
Best Name for a Pitcher Ever: Josh Outman
Category: MLB
Posted on: August 5, 2008 12:08 am

Billy Beane - Genius?

I posted this in response on the message board, but felt it deserved a blog post of its own. Feel free to comment and discuss.

It's funny that not until the past two years (last year while injuries ran rampant and this year in a rebuilding year) did anyone ever question Billy Beane. You know why? Because he was winning. And on a budget not even close to his competition in the AL (Angels, Yankees, Red Sox).

While the skepticism is understandable, I think that Billy Beane's "genius status" among MLB general managers is rightly placed. He was named general manager of the Athletics in 1997, and in just a few short years he was able to turn around a team that was was averaging 73 wins a season (.454 pct) into a team that went 664-469 from 2000-2006, a .586 winning percentage (average of 95 wins a season). How many other general managers have done that? Not just that, but he did it with a payroll that was one of the lowest in the majors! The Athletics made the playoffs five times in those seven years, how many other teams made the playoffs that consistently?

Only the Yankees had a higher winning percentage from 2000-2006 and made more playoff appearances, and we all know how tough that was for them with their payroll constraints (sarcasm). The Braves and Cardinals had six playoff appearances in seven years, but fewer wins over that period (and Braves and Cardinals fans can probably speak to their budget comparison to the Athletics better than I can), though you have to admit that they were in the weaker league.

Some might argue that because Billy Beane has not won a World Series it means that he doesn't belong in the upper echelon of MLB GMs. But if you add up the Athletics win totals from 2000-2006 (ranking them 2nd, just a few wins behind the Yankees) it shows that he obviously knows how to give a team the tools they need to win a championship, but it's up to them to perform (and not be injured) during that time.

I would say the simple fact that Billy Beane has built an organization that competes with (and usually beats!) teams spending four and five times as much on payroll puts Billy Beane in pretty exclusive company. I suppose it all depends on how you define genius.
Category: MLB
Posted on: May 13, 2008 3:15 am

Pythagorean Theorem Rankings - Week 7

These are the Pythagorean Theorem Rankings for MLB at the end of May 12, 2008 using 1.86 instead of 2 for the exponent (see this article).
  1. Chicago Cubs    .632
  2. Atlanta Braves    .624
  3. Oakland Athletics    .617
  4. Arizona Diamondbacks    .609
  5. Boston Red Sox    .576
  6. Cleveland Indians    .572
  7. St. Louis Cardinals    .565
  8. Chicago White Sox    .559
  9. Houston Astros    .550
  10. Tampa Bay Rays    .546
  11. Los Angeles Dodgers    .545
  12. New York Mets    .539
  13. Florida Marlins    .538
  14. Philadelphia Phillies    .526
  15. New York Yankees    .508
  16. Los Angeles Angels    .500
  17. Minnesota Twins    .485
  18. Toronto Blue Jays    .484
  19. Baltimore Orioles    .468
  20. Pittsburgh Pirates    .458
  21. Milwaukee Brewers    .442
  22. Seattle Mariners    .435
  23. Detroit Tigers    .431
  24. Texas Rangers    .424
  25. Cincinnati Reds    .424
  26. Colorado Rockies    .413
  27. Kansas City Royals    .406
  28. Washington Nationals    .378
  29. San Francisco Giants    .369
  30. San Diego Padres    .363
The top two "hard luck" teams who would have more wins by the Pythagorean Theorem than in real life are the Braves (22-13 instead of 18-17, 4 wins) and the Indians (21-15 instead of 18-18, 3 wins). The top two "lucky" teams are the Angels who would be 20-20 (instead of 22-17, 3 losses) and the Marlins who would be 20-17 (instead of 23-14, 3 losses).
Category: MLB
Posted on: April 28, 2008 2:43 am

Pythagorean Theorem Rankings - Week 4

So I ran a modified version of the Pythagorean Theorem (using 1.86 instead of 2 for the exponent, see this article) for the season so far and this is how the teams came out. (Apologies for the poor formatting.)
  1. Arizona Diamondbacks    .703
  2. Chicago Cubs    .655
  3. Atlanta Braves    .625
  4. Oakland Athletics    .616
  5. Chicago White Sox    .602
  6. St. Louis Cardinals    .588
  7. Los Angeles Dodgers    .570
  8. Tampa Bay Rays    .560
  9. Philadelphia Phillies    .556
  10. Los Angeles Angels    .547
  11. Cleveland Indians    .547
  12. Milwaukee Brewers    .545
  13. Seattle Mariners    .542
  14. New York Mets    .541
  15. Boston Red Sox    .525
  16. Houston Astros    .517
  17. Baltimore Orioles    .513
  18. Toronto Blue Jays    .513
  19. Florida Marlins    .483
  20. New York Yankees    .476
  21. Detroit Tigers    .472
  22. Minnesota Twins    .440
  23. Cincinnati Reds    .431
  24. Colorado Rockies    .403
  25. Kansas City Royals    .363
  26. Washington Nationals    .352
  27. San Francisco Giants    .348
  28. San Diego Padres    .338
  29. Pittsburgh Pirates    .335
  30. Texas Rangers    .311
The top three "hard luck" teams (much higher Pythagorean Theorem percentage than their actual winning percentage) were the Braves, Blue Jays and Dodgers. Each of these teams had a difference of .112 or greater, which would equate to about 3 more wins for each team. The top three "lucky" teams were the Marlins, Royals and Giants, each with a difference of -.092 or greater, which would equate to about 2 fewer wins.
Category: MLB
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