TCR Free Agent Frenzy 2010

Once again we piggyback on MLB.com's Free Agent Frenzy contest. MLB picks the 15 free agents, you pick the team and then rank them by confidence levels, 15 being the most confident, 1 being the least confident. The submission form is after the jump, otherwise you can follow this link. Be sure to include your name on the bottom and include your email if you want me to contact you directly and don't check the site all the time. The form will not check for duplicate confidence value points, so please check your work (I recommend writing them down first). Entries will be closed on November 23rd at 4pm CST like the official contest OR when the first free agent from the list signs. Whichever comes first. Good luck.

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When are you going to close entries? Last year I submitted too early and was at a disadvantage when a few guys signed/got ready to sign.

I added it to the post, either Nov. 23rd like the official contest or once the first free agent signs, whichever comes first....

-edit- actually if a free agent signs early, presumably with his current team, I'll just eliminate them. If someone already put their picks in and had the correct signing, I'll count it, but otherwise they won't count.

I won the contest. All of mine are right, including the two 3B that I picked for Minnesoty. That's a mistype, but I'm keeping it.

Bay Yankees - Think the Yankees are going to replace Matsui with a RH bat
Bedard Houston - Typical Astros in denial move
Branyan Seattle - Everyone seemed happy last year
Chapman Nationals - In theory could set up a killer rotation with Strasberg and... that other guy they have
Damon Yankees - Move over to DH and bat #1 or #2 like this year - good feeling re-sign
DeRosa Twins - Seems like a Twins type of guy
Dye Oakland - Annual 1-year make good DH guy
Figgins Angels - Feel good resign
Guerrero Angels - Feel good resign
Harden Boston - The Penny/Smoltz deal for 2010
Holliday Boston - Better than Bay for same price
Lackey Dodgers - Looking for a playoff ace
Matsui Seattle - Replace Griffey and make Seattle the go to team for Japananese fans
Tejada Astros - To play 3rd, another denial signing
Valverde Atlanta - Total guess, my 1 point pick... I think.

I've got Bedard going to Philly for that "other starter" they needed to keep up with the spankees. Having said that I strongly considered Houston, I think you're probably dead on.

Don't think the Nats will drop the $$ for Chapman.

I thought I was being creative/original with Lackey to LAD. Oh well.

Valverde was my wild card too, I've got him going to the south side.

I love this crap.

I'm thinking the Dodgers won't be spending big money on free agents this year, but then again they have something crazy like 16 free agents, so I guess they will be spending a lot of money just to have a roster.

Some of these guys it's hard to figure out where they'll go since their agents, mostly Boras, are saying they're worth long term deals at outrageous prices. I don't see most teams signing guys like that. I think some idiot teams give Holliday and probably Lackey and perhaps Bay some big bucks, but the rest of the free agents will be taking shorter deals like last year at reduced prices.

If I were the Cubs I would try and get in on the bargains this time. I know Orlando Hudson dropped off in production and actually got benched at the end of the season, but you can't tell me Fontenot/Miles/Baker is a better combo.

Same thing with Johnny Damon. Unless the Yankees re-sign him, if he ends up looking for a job late and the Cubs haven't filled out the outfield I wouldn't mind him signing to play RF for a year and lead off with Fuku staying in CF.

Johnny Damon doesn't have the arm to play left field anymore.

I'm not sure Johnny Damon has the arm to play 2B anymore.

Bay Giants - If this team could score a few runs they would make a nice postseason push.
Bedard Dodgers - A low budget move.
Branyan Seattle - Seens logical to go back to the place where you had a career year
Chapman Yankees - If he signs: 1)Sabathia 2)Burnett 3)*Lackey 4) Pettite 5) Chapman; the only worry would be figuring out how much ice it takes to keep Dom Parignon at the right temperature for 162.
Damon Yankees - The guy can still hit and run, Cashman can justify throwing money at an aging outfielder.
DeRosa Phillies - Just makes sense for one of the few teams who have money to spend and not many holes.
Dye Angels - A buy low move before spring traning (presumably a one year deal).
Figgins Angels - A good mentor for the young guys (what Garrett Anderson used to be).
Guerrero White Sox - Not a whole lot of power in the lineup and the need for a DH.
Harden Seattle - Seattle's need for pitching is scarey.
Holliday Boston - People say he does not like the AL (that is where the most money will be).
Lackey Yankees - To make the best rotation in baseball (barring some DL stints).
Matsui Yankees - I have no idea where he would play if not the Yankees.
Tejada A's - This should be A's/new team by July 31st.
Valverde Phillies - Plan B.

Bay Mariners 2
Bedard Red Sox 1
Branyan Mariners 15
Chapman Yankees 10
Damon Yankees 12
DeRosa Phillies 5
Dye Red Sox 11
Figgins Angels 14
Guerrero White Sox 9
Harden Mariners 13
Holliday Mets 4
Lackey Mets 3
Matsui Rays 8
Tejada Athletics 7
Valverde Phillies 6

Bay Boston 14 - they know you can get away with bad defense in LF and get him a lot cheaper than Holliday
Bedard Seattle 4 - I could see him and Harden flipping teams here
Branyan Mariners 10 - seemed to work last year
Chapman Yankees 13 - I see the Yanks going for another lefty
Damon Giants 5 - only Damon rumor I've heard so far
DeRosa Phillies 11 - plenty of suitors, but they have a 3B need
Dye Cardinals 3 - no idea honestly
Figgins Angels 8 - plenty of suitors, but Angels have some $$ to keep him
Guerrero Rangers 9 - always did well in Texas
Harden Red Sox 7 - a good value
Holliday Yankees 15 - Yanks, Mets, Red Sox, Angels seem like the only 4 real options
Lackey Dodgers 12 - Dodgers have some $$ to spend
Matsui White Sox 6 - no idea really, I had Seattle until they signed Griffey
Tejada A's 2 - no idea
Valverde Braves 1 - too many closers out there and not enough big market teams to spend on a closer

I'll be thrilled if I get two correct this year...

Bay - Red Sox 9
Bedard - Dodgers 3
Branyan - Mariners 6
Chapman - Red Sox 13
Damon - Yankees 14
DeRosa - Phillies 8
Dye - Orioles 4
Figgins - Angels 15
Guerrero - Rangers 2
Harden - Mariners 7
Holliday - Mets 5
Lackey - Yankees 10
Matsui - Mariners 1
Tejada - A's 11
Valverde - Phillies 12

15 Dero: Phillies- He is a Penn guy and fills their 3B hole and fits in the loose professional nature of their clubhouse.
14 Matsui: NYY- The Yanks love to keep Yankee Legends around and his game 6 performance solidified that.
13. Bay: BOS- His bad defense can be hid by the monster, Theo covets no-drama players and he fits that.
12: Holliday: LAA- Scoiscia type player with his grit and speed and I get the sense he would like to avoid east coast drama if he can get equal dough out of STL or LAA and the Angels can go tow to tow with the bucks the east coasters can throw around.
11: Chapman: NYY- Yanks seem to want add a big name SP and they have depth finacially and talent wise to give him $$$ and let him develop at AAA if he needs it as some think he does.
10 Figgins: LAA- A Scoiscia fave and if the Phils get Dero, I dont see anyone who will pay him what he wants.
9 Lackey: NYM- Mets will want to make a big splash and by signing Lackey they can claim they beat the Yanks at something.
8 Dye: OAK- Beane loves 1 year reunites
7 Vlad: NYM- After missing out on Bay and Holliday, Mets need a LF and Minaya likes to get the Domican stars.
6 Harden: LAD- Dodgers need an ace but cant pay for one and with his injury issues Harden's a blue light special.
5 Valverde: PHI- The CL market will take forever to develop as the good teams either have one or dont want to pay arm and leg for one and the Phils land him for a steal in Janurary.
4 Damon: STL- After losing out Holliday, the Cards decide if they cant a LF to protect Pujols they will get one who can walk and run to maxmize Pujols RBI chances.
3 Tejada: SF- Miggy liked the bay area and the Giants need a CI bat.
2 Branyan: BAL- Branyan looks like he wants to turn in his 09 campaign into his big payday and the O's are looking for CIs and make alot of odd moves.
1 Bedard: Cubs- Jimbo showed alot of interest in him in the Prior/Tejada talks (I wonder where we would have been if Jimbo pulled the trigger on Prior and Hill for Tejada and Bedard three years ago) and Bedard might be looking for an incenive laden deal Jimbo likes to offer to pitchers

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  • I don't hate Coghlan as a PHer but he's leading off today which is as bad as Austin Jackson doing so last year. He doesn't even have the speed.

    johann 6 min 8 sec ago view
  • TLS has options. He will be up again in Sept, and maybe earlier.

    Rob Richardson 16 min 50 sec ago view
  • Very odd -- TLS .308/.419 in July (in 26 AB). Strange move for a team struggling to score runs. Hard to imagine Coghlan doing better than that. Maybe they like Coghlan better as a PH?

    billybucks 27 min 15 sec ago view
  • Sorry to nitpick -- but the first game wasn't a save.

    billybucks 41 min 59 sec ago view
  • Wow La Stella sent to Iowa and Coghlan brought up. I'm not a huge Stella fan but he has been hitting lately and is to me better than Coghlan. Neither are good defensively but I guess Coghlan can play the outfield allowing Bryant to stay at 3rd more where he's better.

    johann 43 min 28 sec ago view
  • Not 2nd to last but Cubs are definitely bottom of the pack in the 2nd half in oWAR and wRC+. #1 in dWAR though which is certainly a good sign for the playoffs.

    johann 48 min 33 sec ago view
  • I was going to say that you wouldn't want Heyward to achieve Soriano's OBP--.317 with the Cubs--but now I see that he's already done that. Pitchers have lost their fear of him.

    Oh, well, at least Chapman seems to be as good as advertised.

    VirginiaPhil 57 min 10 sec ago view
  • Thanks to E-man and Quiet Man for the link on Chapman in a previous post. It's funny because I never really noticed Chapman's delivery until I saw him doing it in a blue uniform. Two saves in a Cubs uniform already. I hope they don't need him today, despite that smooth delivery.

    Old and Blue 59 min 7 sec ago view
  • Cubs are middle of the pack in average, 5th in OPS, 2nd in walks, 4th in runs scored in MLB. Their runs scored ranks 17th in the MLB in July.

    Boston, leading everything, continues to rake in July.

    Old and Blue 1 hour 1 min ago view
  • Lester has given up one run or fewer in 11 starts this year. So I'd answer yes. Three of his last four starts were duds, yes. Not worried about him at all. Arrieta is concerning, to be sure. I look it at as, what he was doing was historic, so the regression was bound to happen. He showed in his start against the Mets that he's still capable, and I'd bet on him regaining his form.

    Tito 1 hour 58 min ago view
  • marlins getting a.cashner and c.rea from SD

    crunch 2 hours 4 min ago view
  • This is not an attack...But In what stat are the Cubs second from last in MLB, in hitting? I don't see this.

    Dusty Baylor 3 hours 11 min ago view
  • How odd the stats:

    Cubs 1st in pitching in MLB

    2nd to last in hitting.

    In May they were 1st in both.

    The E-Man 3 hours 27 min ago view
  • trevor clifton (high-A) could be interesting in a couple seasons...could even become a high/middle rotation guy. he's got a lot of pluses in his pitching except control.

    eric leal's (high-A) progression through the minors should be worth watching even if only projects to be an mid/end-rotation starter.

    we also gotta keep a long-distance eye on guys like jose paulino (ss-A) and preston morrison (A).

    crunch 12 hours 6 min ago view
  • As Johnny Bach used to say when it was time for the MJ Bulls to crank up the defensive pressure: "Release the Dobermans!", and Jordan, Pippen, Rodman and Harper would just suffocate the other team.

    I'd love to add Carl Jr. to that group - he's got the stuff.

    billybucks 12 hours 26 min ago view
  • Historically, the Moneyball guys have been great at identifying productive hitters. Not so much with pitchers.

    billybucks 12 hours 27 min ago view