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    It's that time again. This year's FA class is loaded with Starters. Need to load up your rotation? You could get them all for the right money.

    Starters:

    1. Gene 'Shrimp' McClendon. RHP. Get ready to break out your wads of cash because this guy is looking for it. Shrimp has a career record of 111-20 and an ERA of 2.42. He's got a K to BB ratio of 5.2 and a WHIP of .98. If there is anyone to try and drop 20 mil on it's this guy. Projected salary before discounts: $21 mil.

    2. Artie Payne. RHP. Artie could be an Ace on anyone's staff with exception to MBJ and NRW. He has a career ERA of 2.40 and a 0.93 WHIP. He has been UTI's most stable starter for the last 5 years but for some reason he has never broken the 20 win barrier. This is not to say he won't but it's probably the reason why he won't get as many offers as Shrimp. Projected: $18 mil.

    3. Deron 'Digger' Morrison. RHP. Digger is another guy that could be any teams Ace (see above). 0.99 WHIP over his career is ridiculous. Racked up 23 wins last year and was in the running for the VL's Platinum Pitcher award. Projected: $18 mil.

    4. Manny 'Bonkers' Galvan. RHP. Bonkers has taken a few steps back since 2044 when he started 49 games and won 23. He's been steady but he's not an absolute Ace. That said (Buddy?), with the right lineup/defense behind him 20 wins is possible. Projected: $16 mil.

    5. Len West. RHP. It's hard to believe that West is 5th on this list. Actually he is probably as good as Bonkers as their numbers are similar. Only knock on West is his ERA and WHIP is higher than Bonkers. Projected: $14 mil.

    NOTE: I can't believe how many starters there are. If these guys are all out of your price range, just look at the following:
    Brenden Evely
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    Brit Jackson
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    Oh, this is a great feature.

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    We got $20 million in the bank, and I'm guessing an owner's cap close to $70 million.

    Y'all probly better off looking at non-shrimp options on the menu.

    BUT we're not getting ridickless either. So watch out for what you might catch in your net.


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    bonkers is overated,i have put one of the best defenses behind him,all 9s an the 2 time defending GG winner at SS,those numbers are the best he could come up with,bid with caution

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    Quote Originally Posted by tramel321 View Post
    bonkers is overated,i have put one of the best defenses behind him,all 9s an the 2 time defending GG winner at SS,those numbers are the best he could come up with,bid with caution
    Which is code for 'Please don't bid on him, he's MINE!!!'. *checks wallet*


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    Relievers:

    1. Cristian Gonzales. LHP. Gonzales has been THE CLOSER in POU for a while up until last year where he was moved over to more of a setup role. His performance dropped this season in that role. Perhaps he was upset with the relegation. Projected: $5 mil

    2. Manny 'Woody' Castillo. RHP. Woody settled in nicely as AYR's closer for the last few years. Many consider to Woody to be the best relief pitcher in the market right now. His WHIP was a sturdy 1.05 last year and his BABIP was .259. He is the only guy on this list people will look to try and start Projected: $7 mil

    3. Scotty Sutton. RHP. The interesting about Scotty Sutton is his second pitch. There aren't many screwballers out there these days but he throws it as effectively as anyone out there. His numbers dropped of last season, but that is probably more due to IND's competitiveness. Projected: $4 mil

    4. Willie 'Stretch' Parsons. RHP. Stretch helped NRW get all the way to the SS last season as their closer. His saves went down but so did his save chances. He also increased his production by pitching 100 innings last year. Projected: $4 mil

    5. Zach Thomason. If you need a closer Thomason could be your guy. He's been COL's #1 saves guy for the last three seasons. He's the kind of guy that will get a lot of saves if given the opportunity. Projected: $3.5 mil

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    No no Gonzales was moved out of that role because he inexplicably stunk up the place at the beginning of the season, blowing most save opportunities and had an ERA over 6 at one point. But he became more and more Gonzales of old as the season wore on, but his replacement at closer was doing too good by then to move him out of that role.
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    How the hell did Galvan start 49 times?
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    steroids,i think the team was on auto pilot and a 4 man rotation

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    Quote Originally Posted by tramel321 View Post
    steroids,i think the team was on auto pilot and a 4 man rotation
    Actually 3-man. And one of the 3 was injured for part of the season.

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    lol nice,i think its had lingering effects on bonkers

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    Catcher:

    1. Dylan 'Dixie' Vessy. Bats: L. Throws: R. Dixie is the clear number one catcher in the free agent market. He will receive barrels o' cash when the free agent period closes. Has had a consistent bat over his career and it will only look to get better in the coming years. He gets a lot of walks and doesn't strike out much. He has a .385 OBP and .902 OPS for his career. He's an above average defender but won't let a lot of runners steal on him. Has thrown out 38% of base stealers. Let's face it, there aren't any catcher like him in the league. Not even the War Machine. Projected: $16 mil before discounts.

    2. Caleb Heaton. Bats: L. Throws: R. Heaton is a guy you get strictly for his bat. Although when you watch him, you can't help but think he should be better. Don't get me wrong, he's a great bat but he won't hit for a lot of home runs. He's also only mediocre at best behind the plate. However it looks like Heaton has gotten to the Jamaican lifestyle and won't be leaving anytime soon. Projected: $7 mil before discounts.

    3. Marlon Weems. Bats: L. Throws: R. Weems' numbers has been steadily since the arrival of Heaton to MBJ's lineup. Maybe he's had too many bong hits, but it's probably more a case of hate for Heaton. He did start at Catcher while Heaton played mostly at 1B. He went from a .883 OPS stud to a .735 middle of the road starting catcher. He, like Heaton is only average defensively but he won't be a liability behind the plate (not that Heaton is one). Projected: $5 mil before discounts, because someone will take a chance.

    4. P.J Best. Bats: R. Throws: R. P.J Best is really not the best but he is pretty good. He's an average bat with very little power. He is pretty good defensively and really if you're looking for a great bat and great defender there is only one Dixie Vessy out there. Projected: $2 mil because he can play defense.

    5. Micheal Elliott. Bats: R. Throws: R. Ellliot is really the best of whats left. He's average all around. He's not a wow bat or a wow defender. He is decent in all categories. If you want a clubhouse leader, Elliott is your guy. Projected: $2 mil because he and Best are close.

    Need a great glove behind the plate? Check out Diego Ortiz. Need a bat? Robby Boyd might suit you.

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    MoBay isn't QO'ing either of our C's, so bid away, but I'd encourage you to put in a bid or 2 on "Dixie" first.


    Weems looks like a perfect #2 hitter on paper. Great eye, few K's, good enough baserunning skills to not horribly clog up the basepaths. But he hasn't come close to duplicating his 2044 season, so we're ready to part ways.

    Heaton has been a bit of a slacker. As Wolvie alluded to, he's probably smoking from Weems's bong. But for a guy who's had a "10" contact rating vs RHP and a "9" vs LHP up until very recently, I would've expected more than one .300+ season with our club. He's been the #6 hitter on 2 championship teams, but it's time for somebody else to pay him.


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    First Base:

    1. Michael Mines. Bats: R. Throws: R. Micheal Mines should really be an outfielder. He has the ability to play almost anywhere but his true position in Center or Left Field. His numbers are way up from his horrid 2046 campaign. POssibly the depression has worn of from being traded from his favorite club. He wanted to be a whore for life, but the GM there had other ideas. Mines will get a lot of looks because of his versatility. Projected: $10 mil.

    2. Gene Gill. Bats: R. Throws: R. Gene Gill is the best of the rest who isn't named Micheal Mines. He is more of a true 1B/DH Type than Mines. He hits for power (35 HRs and 39 Doubles last year), he draws walks (87 BB) and he doesn't strike out a whole lot (93 Ks). He would fill in well as a shortside DH or a 1B if you're in need. Projected: $6 mil.

    3. Rafael Nunez. Bats: L. Throws: L. Rafael Nunez has been the mainstay in the Norwich lineup for years. He'll be great as a DH or even at first if necessary. He'll tally up a ton of walks and will hit for power as well. He wasn't offered a contract renewal by NRW at the end of the season so word is he is shopping around. He could get a lot of looks from people looking for a cheap DH/1B. Projected: $5 mil.

    4. Cisco Chavez. Bats: L. Throws: L. Cisco Chavez is another one similar to Nunez, just a few steps behind. He won't walk as much and he won't for as many home runs. He is similar in that he could fill in as a DH or 1B if needed. Projected: $4 mil.

    5. Willie Ward. Bats: R. Throws: R. Willie Ward is another versatile First Baseman. He has the ability to play all the infield positions although he is better on the right side of the infield. Probably best as a true 1B but strictly for his defense. His offense won't wow anyone anytime soon. .379 slugging percentage last year was woeful. Projected: $3 mil.

    Power Bat? How about Geoff Brennan? Need a Catcher that can also play 1B? Ewan McKay is there.

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    Second Base:

    1. Gene Cook. Bats: R. Throws: R. There aren't many offensive second basemen in this FA Class. Gene Cook really is it. He doesn't have a lot of power and won't walk a lot so really you'll have to rely on him getting hits. He has some speed around the bases but will probably get caught stealing more times than you would like. Projected $5 mil.

    2. Angelo Perez. Bats: R. Throws: R. Perez is the best power hitter in this year's FA class and that's not saying much. His is probably the most versatile player in this year's entire draft. He can play almost all defensive positions save for catcher. Projected: $4 mil for his versatility.

    3. Chad Brown. Bats: L. Throws: R. The Pluses: great glove, can play both second and short, and he's decent against RHPs. The Minuses: No speed, can ONLY play second and short, and he can't his LHBs. Will be good as a platoon guy at second or short but most won't want to spend. Projected: $2 mil.

    4. Waylon Brown. Bats: R. Throws: R. Chad Brown not the platoon guy you're looking for? What about Waylon Brown? He's the mirror image of Chad but on the short side. Well okay maybe not exactly but if you look at it they're both good gloves, they both can steal a few bases (although waylon might not want to steal as many), and they are both decent bats on their sides. Projected: $1.5 mil for the shorty.

    5. Mal Stevenson. Bats: R. Throws: R. Stevenson is getting up there in age but he still has some pop left in his bat. He is still able to play all infield positions though he may be a liability at short. He won't steal many bases either. Projected: $1.3 mil because that's what he got last time.

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    Third Base:

    1. Willie Boswell. Bats: R. Throws: R. Steamin Willie Boswell is tops our list of FA third basemen. He's all around as a third baseman, but some might wonder if he is living up to his potential. Defensively he's great but it's at the plate where he's suspect. You always think that he should get on base more. Even if you don't believe he'll be great at the plate, his defense is good enough for someone to take a chance. Projected: $8 mil.

    1. Manny Melendez. Bats: R. Throws: R. Manny Melendez is the best third basemen out on the market this year. It appears that his best days are behind him. It would be hard for anyone to top his 46 HR, 181 RBI year in 2043. He's got a good glove but he's not about to get MVP type numbers anymore. Projected: $8 mil.

    3. Myron Bradley. Bats: S. Throws: R. It wasn't easy putting Myron Bradley below Willie Boswell and Manny Melendez but there are reasons. First is that he doesn't play defense that great. Second is that he really doesn't produce much more than Bradley or Melendez. And last is that he will end up getting more looks simply because he's a switch hitter. Projected: $8 mil.

    4. Alex Mejia. Bats: L. Throws: R. Mejia simply just defies logic year in and year out. Career OPS is .966! How the fuck does he do it? He might be slowing down with age, but that doesn't mean he will be anytime soon. He will get a lot of looks because he's a lefty bat. His defense is suspect so that is why he is so low on the list. He's probably better suited to DH at this point in his career anyway. Projected: $7 mil.

    5. Ruben Perez. Bats: R. Throws: R. Perez is the best of what is left. After this the 3rd Base Market goes down hill fast. He's not great at any one particular thing, but he is good enough to get some bites. Projected: $4 mil.

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    Shortstop:

    1. Bud Ross. Bats: R. Throws: R. Looking for offensive production at shortstop this year? Think again. Bud Ross is probably the best you're going to get. He's a career .249 hitter but does have a little power. Really his value is as a utility infielder. He's not the best glove in the class but he is the best all around. Projected: $5 mil.

    2. Wally Jenkins. Bats: R. Throws: R. Not sure how WAlly Jenkins scored a 3 year, $6 million contract the last time, but this time he won't come close. He's a decent hitter but with an OPS last year of .630 and a career OPS of .710, he isn't expected to hit out the lights. At least you'll get a beast defensively. Projected: $4 mil.

    3. Jerry Jones. Bats: R. Throws: R. Defensive Shortstop. Nuff Said. Projected: $3 mil.

    4. Doug Forrest. Bats: R. Throws: R. Forrest could develop into a utility infielder, but at 29 no one will really want to develop him into one. He's already a gold glove caliber at short so there would be no sense in trying to put him somewhere else. Purely Defensive Guy. Projected: $3 mil.

    5. Jerry Drake. Bats: R. Throws: R. Average defensively. Whoever picks him up will try to rely on his bat, but will get burned because that's all he has. Projected: $2 mil.

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    This is great, Wolvie.

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    Outfield:

    1. Pancho Garcia. Bats: L. Throws: L. No ones stock is higher than Pancho Garcia's is right now. He put up astronomical numbers in 2047 and was so close to winning the triple crown. There are some whispers about Garcia taking the Bonds route to hitting home runs, but there is no evidence that he is at the moment. He's high on the list because of his career numbers in AVG, OBP and SLG. Projected: $16 mil (He should really come in at $12 mil) I'm Expecting WIC to get him Cheaper than he really should be.

    2. JJ Williams. Bats: R. Throws: R. JJ Williams is another FA who put up great numbers last year. Career Highs in Hits, 2B, HRs, RBIs, Runs, and Walks put him second on the list. He can steal bases as well. He's a great glove out there too. Projected: $14 mil.

    3. Mal Whaley. Bats: R. Throws: R. The problem with Whaley is no one really knows which guys is going to show up. The guy that produce banner years in both 2045 and 2047 or the guy that was passing the kutchie in 2044 and 2046. Who really knows? Maybe getting him out of Jamaica is a start. Projected: $12 mil for Whaley being Whaley.

    4. Don MacKinley. Bats: S. Throws: R. Donnie Mac had a down year, but overall he's pretty consistent. 35-45 home runs every year for seven straight years is nothing to sneeze at. He should hit his milestone 300th HR this year. Is down on this list because he's not great on defense. Projected: $12 mil because Whaley being Whaley.

    5. Nate Ladd. Bats: R. Throws: R. Nate Ladd is one of those guys you just love. He doesn't do anything great but he's good at everything. He'll get on base and hit for power. He just won't produce the kind of numbers the guys on the list ahead of him can produce. Still not a horrible second option. Projected: $8 mil.

    6. Jerry Oliver: Bats: R. Throws: R. Oliver is not a power guy by any means but he will one when it's needed. He had a down year last year but that's no reason to think that he will continue that trend. His defense and speed around the bases will bail him out. Classic #1 batter. Projected: $7 mil.

    7. Pat Sheppard: Bats: R. Throws: R. Sheppard is a clone of Oliver. He's better at the plate but on defense he's almost a liability. Still worth trying to stick him in your lineup somewhere. Another Classic #1 batter. Projected: $7 mil for the cloning.

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    White Miller: Great Defense, Will put up decent numbers on offense. No Power
    Cris Diaz: Under utilized in WIC but could hit 20 HRs if given a full time start
    Pete Daily: No Power, good defense, good speed. Okay bat.
    Jerry McNeil: Okay but not great all around.
    Brad McCain: Down year but should be better than his numbers show.
    Len Bly: Good Defense, Decent speed. Career platoon guy.
    Rod Barton: Decent Stick. Good speed and defense.
    Duane McJannett: Decent bat, above average speed, Great Defense.
    Raul Reyes: Good Bat. Good Speed. Good Defense. Just not Great.

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    5. Ruben Perez. Bats: R. Throws: R. Perez is the best of what is left. After this the 3rd Base Market goes down hill fast. He's not great at any one particular thing, but he is good enough to get some bites. Projected: $4 mil.
    There is no way Perez sees $4M. None.


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    Great job Wolvie, these FA previews are a great read.

    Quote Originally Posted by wolvie109 View Post
    ... Not sure how WAlly Jenkins scored a 3 year, $6 million contract the last time...
    He got bumped for 3 days, and contracts of the RFA day 3+ guys are almost always pretty silly.

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    Really don't understand why Ross struggles to hit for average so much. I thought he was going to be a real stud for POU, so was very disappointed to see him struggle so much.
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