The Offseason

Discussion in 'Baseball' started by PhillyBirds, Feb 4, 2009.

  1. PhillyBirds

    PhillyBirds Mentor

    Joined:
    Mar 25, 2008
    Messages:
    975
    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    I know there's a few baseball gurus out there, so I guess I'll compile a list of teams and some of their important offseason acquisitions:

    NATIONAL LEAGUE

    EAST
    Braves: SP Derek Lowe, SP Kenshin Kawakami, OF Garrett Anderson
    Marlins: RP Scott Proctor
    Mets: CP Francisco Rodriguez, RP JJ Putz, IF Alex Cora, SP Livan Hernandez
    Nationals: LF Adam Dunn, LF Josh Willingham, SP Scott Olsen
    Phillies: LF Raul Ibanez, SP Chan Ho Park, 2B Marcus Giles

    WEST
    D-Backs: SP John Garland, RP Tom Gordon
    Dodgers: SP Randy Wolf, SP Jeff Weaver, 2B Orlando Hudson
    Giants: SP Randy Johnson, IF Rich Aurilia
    Padres: SS David Eckstein, OF Cliff Floyd, OF Emil Brown
    Rockies: CP Huston Street, C Sal Fasano

    CENTRAL
    Astros: SP Mike Hampton, C Pudge Rodriguez
    Brewers: CP Trevor Hoffman, SS Craig Counsell, SP Braden Looper
    Cardinals: SS Khalil Greene
    Cubs: RF Milton Bradley, RP Aaron Heilman
    Pirates: OF Eric Hinske
    Reds: OF Jacque Jones

    AMERICAN LEAGUE

    EAST
    Blue Jays: 1B Kevin Millar, SP Matt Bush
    Orioles: SP Rich Hill, SP Koji Uehara, 3B Ty Wigginton
    Rays: LF/DH Pat Burrell, RP Brian Shouse, 2B Adam Kennedy
    Red Sox: SP John Smoltz, SP Brad Penny, C Josh Bard, RF Rocco Baldelli
    Yankees: SP CC Sabathia, SP AJ Burnett, 1B Mark Teixeira, RF Nick Swisher

    WEST
    Angels: CP Brian Fuentes, LF Bobby Abreu
    Athletics: 1B/DH Jason Giambi, RF Matt Holliday
    Mariners: SP Garrett Olson, CF Ken Griffey Jr.
    Rangers: CF Andruw Jones, RP Eddie Guardado

    CENTRAL
    Indians: SP Carl Pavano, CP Kerry Wood, IF Mark DeRosa
    Royals: CF Coco Crisp, 1B Mike Jacobs
    Tigers: RP Brandon Lyon
    Twins: RP Luis Ayala, 3B Joe Crede
    White Sox: SP Bartolo Colon

    NOTABLE UNSIGNED FREE AGENTS
    2B Orlando Cabrera
    IF Nomar Garciaparra

    RETIREES
    SP Greg Maddux
    2B Jeff Kent
    1B Sean Casey

    I definitely forgot a good deal, so feel free to help me out here. I'll be updating it as necessary. Thoughts on the upcoming season?

    EDIT: Updated, 2/24
    Edited by: PhillyBirds
     
  2. LabMan

    LabMan Mentor

    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2006
    Messages:
    644
    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    Good info PhillyBirds,thanks,


    The powers that be are doing their best to dismantle the Phillies,one of the most watchable and talented teams last year,due to the White players.
     
  3. PhillyBirds

    PhillyBirds Mentor

    Joined:
    Mar 25, 2008
    Messages:
    975
    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    Ruben Amaro Jr is making damn sure of that. Raul Ibanez is probably one of the dumbest signings of the entire offseason. Even though Ibanez is an American, born in Brooklyn, it's the ethnicity that drew Amaro to him. Coupled with Park, I'm not terribly enthused.

    I wish I lived in Boston. All they did is sign low cost, high reward white players to bolster an already white-heavy squad. As has been noted here before, many talking heads have complained about this.
     
  4. jaxvid

    jaxvid Hall of Famer

    Joined:
    Oct 15, 2004
    Messages:
    7,247
    Location:
    Michigan
    Adam Dunn is not signed! Anyone know why?
     
  5. PhillyBirds

    PhillyBirds Mentor

    Joined:
    Mar 25, 2008
    Messages:
    975
    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    Good question. Unlike Ben Sheets, Dunn doesn't really have any reason why a team wouldn't want to sign him to a multi-year deal. He is consistently 40 HR, 100 RBI. He does strike out a lot, but the production is there.

    Sheets has health issues, but why Dunn hasn't found a suitor is a total mystery. I believe the Nationals are the only team to offer him a contract.
     
  6. Don Wassall

    Don Wassall Administrator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2004
    Messages:
    26,256
    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    Nice compilation, PhillyBirds. Dunn being unsigned is hard to believe.
     
  7. mrjohnnynofear

    mrjohnnynofear Guru

    Joined:
    Jun 17, 2007
    Messages:
    330
    Location:
    Missouri
    Teams are only offering up one year contracts to him. Adam is sticking to his guns to get a long term contract which pays him fairly. Adam is a good all around player that should be on a roster right now.
     
  8. Solomon Kane

    Solomon Kane Mentor

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2006
    Messages:
    783
    love the red sox acquisitions. hope big tex and swisher become a mantle/maris combo for the yanks, leave a-rod in the dust.
     
  9. PhillyBirds

    PhillyBirds Mentor

    Joined:
    Mar 25, 2008
    Messages:
    975
    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    Apparently, people still believe uber-disappointing Andruw Jones is worth something. He signed with the Texas Rangers.

    Ben Sheets will undergo shoulder surgery, sidelining him until at least July. It's also possible he will shut himself down for the entire 2009 season.

    Also, Ryan Howard agrees to a 3-year/$54 million contract extension with the Philadelphia Phillies. Hell, I'd agree on that too.Edited by: PhillyBirds
     
  10. jaxvid

    jaxvid Hall of Famer

    Joined:
    Oct 15, 2004
    Messages:
    7,247
    Location:
    Michigan
    Ryan Howard and Adam Dunn are nearly identical players. 40 homers, 100+ RBI's, low average, lots of strikeouts, Howard has put up slightly better numbers but Dunn has done it for longer, he has hit 40 HR exactly the last 4 years in a row. And Howard has played on a much better team. Why is Howard such a hot property and Dunn goes begging for a long term contract???
     
  11. LabMan

    LabMan Mentor

    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2006
    Messages:
    644
    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    The talking heads on MLB network gushed about Howard's contract,they kept saying,"this is the really big news in baseball",as two gigantic posters of the chosen one were displayed behind them!
     
  12. Solomon Kane

    Solomon Kane Mentor

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2006
    Messages:
    783
    I hope the Orioles or Red Sox pick up Dunn.
     
  13. PhillyBirds

    PhillyBirds Mentor

    Joined:
    Mar 25, 2008
    Messages:
    975
    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    Updated.

    Brewers signed SP Braden Looper, adding another high innings, low strikeout guy to their rotation.

    The Dodgers are still intent on signing Manny Ramirez, although discussions on an agreeable contract have not made much progress.

    This news pales in comparison to A-Rod, though.
     
  14. whiteCB

    whiteCB Master

    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2005
    Messages:
    2,282
    Not to nitpick but Mark DeRosa is missing from the Cleveland Indians' additions list.
     
  15. PhillyBirds

    PhillyBirds Mentor

    Joined:
    Mar 25, 2008
    Messages:
    975
    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    Thanks, whiteCB. Figured I'd end up missing someone [​IMG] .
     
  16. Don Wassall

    Don Wassall Administrator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2004
    Messages:
    26,256
    Location:
    Pennsylvania

    Has there ever been a bigger free agent bust than Jones last year?
     
  17. PhillyBirds

    PhillyBirds Mentor

    Joined:
    Mar 25, 2008
    Messages:
    975
    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    Updated.

    The LA Angels have reached an agreement with free agent outfielder Bobby Abreu. 1yr/~$5 million.

    Don, maybe Barry Zito? His lack of success is somewhat overblown, but for the kind of money he was paid...
     
  18. Don Wassall

    Don Wassall Administrator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2004
    Messages:
    26,256
    Location:
    Pennsylvania

    Zito has been a disappointment but he started to decline while he was still with Oakland. Jones fell off a cliff last year.


    Mike Hampton comes to mind, but his was mostly injury related. He was one of the best all-around athletes in baseball.
     
  19. PhillyBirds

    PhillyBirds Mentor

    Joined:
    Mar 25, 2008
    Messages:
    975
    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    To Hampton's credit, making the pitching transition to Coors Field wouldn't be easy on anyone.
     
  20. PhillyBirds

    PhillyBirds Mentor

    Joined:
    Mar 25, 2008
    Messages:
    975
    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    BREAKING: Adam Dunn agrees to a two-year deal with the Washington Nationals. Monetary terms of the deal have not yet been disclosed.
     
  21. Solomon Kane

    Solomon Kane Mentor

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2006
    Messages:
    783
    Hope Dunn becomes the next "Frank Howard" for DC.
     
  22. Riddlewire

    Riddlewire Master

    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2007
    Messages:
    2,564
    Probably. But not in recent times.
    However, the biggest free agent scam ever was Adrian Beltre. In the first six years of his career, Beltre was a .260/17HR guy (full, no-injury seasons). Then, in his contract year with the Dodgers, he hits .334/48HR. On the free agent market he gets a big deal from Seattle, then he immediately returns to his mediocre peformance numbers.
    I guess the guy should be admired. He doesn't believe in steroids. He just needed them that one season to "help out his family". It's tough to survive on $8 million/year. [​IMG]
     
  23. PhillyBirds

    PhillyBirds Mentor

    Joined:
    Mar 25, 2008
    Messages:
    975
    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    Updated.

    The LA Angels have signed outfielder Bobby Abreu to a one-year deal.Edited by: PhillyBirds
     
  24. Van_Slyke_CF

    Van_Slyke_CF Mentor

    Joined:
    Oct 11, 2007
    Messages:
    1,565
    Location:
    West Virginia
    Adam Dunn signed for 2 years/$20 million, according to the report I saw earlier today.

    There is quite a Cincinnati connection in Washington in the past few years.
     
  25. Van_Slyke_CF

    Van_Slyke_CF Mentor

    Joined:
    Oct 11, 2007
    Messages:
    1,565
    Location:
    West Virginia
    If the Dodgers sign Manny Ramirez-especially to a 2-year contract-they will regret it almost as much as the deal they gave Andruw Jones. I bet he'll hit more than Jones did, which isn't saying much, but his motivation will tail off to go along with his terrible defense and baserunning.
     

Share This Page