On Your Marks, Get Set… Go!

As of today, all Major League Baseball teams can negotiate with any free agent. Not surprisingly, most of the consensus Top 10 free agents have been linked in some manner to the Red Sox or Yankees. A rundown:

Mark Teixeira, 1B

  • 2009 seasonal age: 29
  • Career: .290/.378/.541, 203 HR, 676 RBI, 134 OPS+
  • 2008: .308/.410/.552, 33 HR, 121 RBI, 151 OPS+
  • Bill James projection: .299/.397/.559, 36 HR, 121 RBI

C.C. Sabathia, LHP

  • 2009 seasonal age: 28
  • Career: 117-73, 3.66/1.24/.248, 7.6 K/9, 2.8 BB/9, 121 ERA+
  • 2008: 17-10, 2.70/1.12/.238, 8.9 K/9, 2.1 BB/9, 162 ERA+
  • Projection: 16-10, 3.48/1.23/.250, 7.7 K/9, 2.6 BB/9

Manny Ramirez, LF

  • 2009 seasonal age: 37
  • Career: .314/.411/.593, 527 HR, 1,725 RBI, 155 OPS+
  • 2008: .332/.430/.601, 37 HR, 121 RBI, 164 OPS+
  • Projection: .301/.404/.551, 34 HR, 113 RBI

A.J. Burnett, RHP

  • 2009 seasonal age: 32
  • Career: 87-76, 4.23/1.29/.236, 8.4 K/9, 2.3 BB/9, 111 ERA+
  • 2008: 18-10, 4.07/1.34/.253, 9.4 K/9, 3.5 BB/9, 105 ERA+
  • Projection: 14-11, 3.62/1.28/.240, 8.8 K/9, 3/5 BB/9

Derek Lowe, RHP

  • 2009 seasonal age: 36
  • Career: 126-107, 3.75/1.27/.259, 5.9 K/9, 2.5 BB/9, 122 ERA+
  • 2008: 14-11, 3.24/1.13/.246, 6.3 K/9, 1.9 BB/9, 131 ERA+
  • Projection: 14-9, 3.60/1.27/.261, 5.8 K/9, 2.5 BB/9

Ben Sheets, RHP

  • 2009 seasonal age: 30
  • Career: 86-83, 3.72/1.20/.258, 7.6 K/9, 2.0 BB/9, 116 ERA+
  • 2008: 13-9, 3.09/1.15/.244, 7.2 K/9, 2.1 BB/9, 139 ERA+
  • Projection: 13-8, 3.39/1.18/.253, 7/7 K/9, 2.0 BB/9

Rafael Furcal, SS

  • 2009 seasonal age: 31
  • Career: .286/.352/.412, 83 HR, 259 SB, 96 OPS+
  • 2008: .357/.439/.573 (143 AB), 5 HR, 8 SB, 164 OPS+
  • Projection: .286/.354/.409, 9 HR, 23 SB

7 comments… add one

  • Manny Ramirez
    2009 maturity age: 12
    Ben Sheets
    2009 right arm age: 44
    CC Sabathia
    2009 waist size: 48
    Mark Teixiera:
    2009 almighty aim: $$

    Hit Dog November 14, 2008, 12:23 pm
  • Derek Lowe:
    2009 bar tab: $256,000.00

    LocklandSF November 14, 2008, 1:33 pm
  • AJ Burnett
    PECOTA Comparable: Carl Pavano, 2004-05 off-season

    Hit Dog November 14, 2008, 4:11 pm
  • Ben Sheets 2009 projected hospital bill: $1,249,351.

    Atheose November 14, 2008, 4:16 pm
  • Buster Olney is reporting the Yankees offered C.C. the largest contract in the history of MLB…just north of 6 years and $137.5 that Santana got. SIGN THE DAMN THING C.C.!!!!

    krueg November 14, 2008, 5:10 pm
  • Didn’t a certain 3B get “the largest contract in the history of MLB”?
    The Sox really need to go hard after Furcal. He’s an excellent defender, gets on base well, and has a nice bit of speed. He’s a very solid SS and the best on the market in a while. Plus, they can probably get him at a discount based on last year. It’s really a no-brainer. Lugo is a sunk cost at this point and Lowrie can work on hitting breaking balls in Pawtucket. He still only has less than a full season of AAA at-bats.
    Catcher is tougher but kick the tires on Teagarden and Laird since they won’t trade Max Ramirez and Salty isn’t a legit catcher. I’m not convinced that Teagarden is ready, but if they could get him for Bard and Bowden it might be worth it. Laird would come cheaper. At worst, Cash and Kottaras can trade time based on who’s hot. At best, Kottaras OPSes .750 or .800 with a solid OBP and takes the job outright.
    For the bullpen the Sox have a lot of intriguing choices. I like the idea of Kerry Wood as a strikeout arm. But it is time to move Masterson back to the rotation. He’s better than Lowe at this point.
    CF is what it is cause there’s nothing out there. We just have to hope and pray that Ells re-discovers his selectivity.
    Pretty straight-forward off-season for the good guys. Sign Furcal while everyone else is distracted by the shinier objects. Find a deal with Texas without giving up too much. Fill in the bullpen pieces. Now is not the time to panic and give a dumb contract to a talented 1B, not when an injured team came 1 game away from the Series. If Lowell and Ortiz are healthy, and with at least an average SS and C they’ll be right there again.

    Dave SF November 14, 2008, 6:32 pm
  • solid stuff dave. agree on everything but wood. i hope the sox test the bullpen waters with beimel, soriano, shouse, or possibly affeldt. hopefully they’ll stay clear of hoffman and wood.
    my offseason shopping list….
    1. sign frucal
    2. answer the catching ?
    3. sing grudzielanek/kotsay to replace cora/casey
    4. stock the pen
    5. ditch lugo & aadrsma
    there’s no need to back a brinks truck up for anyone.

    sf rod November 14, 2008, 9:51 pm

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