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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    The E-Man 20 min 58 sec ago view
  • OK -- my 4th of July resolution is to try to stay more positive. So -- 10 games to the AS break, meaning the Cubs will be in first place at the break! First time since...2008? Also, hopefully, Willson, KB and Javy learned something about Familia yesterday that they can use in the future.

    billybucks 56 min 17 sec ago view
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    bradsbeard 2 hours 20 min ago view
  • Pls DFA Peralta when Richard comes back. Richard 1 IP, O R, O ER, 0 BB, 2 Ks in first rehab appearance. We really need to trade for a LHRP.

    chitownmvp01 2 hours 38 min ago view
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    Rob Richardson 6 hours 17 min ago view
  • The thing with Heyward is its not just free agency. He is way under performing his career #s. He's making the same % of contact but his soft contact is much higher and hard contact much lower than all his previous years so there is something very specifically going on this year causing the issues. Chances are he will eventually get back to his previous #s and it's better to get the slump now and get that hot run later but I wish I knew what is different about this year. He's either just not seeing the ball as well or a swing change is causing it.

    johann 6 hours 32 min ago view
  • Only 3 pitches for Leathersich. Not much of a rehab outing.

    Thanks for the reporting Phil.

    QuietMan 6 hours 44 min ago view
  • He's the nastiest pitcher I've seen in awhile. I'm gonna give them all a mulligan on this one.

    Coghlan's strike out was more disappointing. He was fighting off a lot of pitches and not swinging at crap, and on the last pitch, he swung at stuff he was laying off, and struck out.

    And Heyward, too. I don't blame Heyward - I blame free agency. I hate it. You almost never get a valid return on the investment.

    I look forward to the day when ball players own the teams. The current economics are not sustainable.

    Old and Blue 7 hours 46 min ago view
  • Oh, I'm sure you're right. He's not 27-27 in saves for nothing. But, man, I hope they learned last night that he didn't throw a single pitch in the zone to KB, Contreras or Baez, and they all just kept swinging.

    billybucks 9 hours 53 min ago view
  • Sounds like a much better game than last night's fiasco in Flushing.

    Old and Blue 10 hours 10 min ago view
  • I'm pretty sure it looks like a sweet pitch on the way in. How many sinkers like that are there at 98 mph? I agree that they should just do a Lackey and stand their with their bat on their shoulders until he throws a strike next time, but I can see how that's hard to do.

    The bullpen, on the other hand, is a mess, and Heyward is starting to piss me off.

    Old and Blue 10 hours 11 min ago view
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    cubbies.4ever 18 hours 45 min ago view
  • Did you expect anything different?

    billybucks 19 hours 15 min ago view
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    billybucks 19 hours 37 min ago view
  • men on 2nd/3rd, 0 out...and nothing.

    cubs lose :(

    crunch 20 hours 10 min ago view
  • UH OH! RALLY TIME!

    crunch 20 hours 20 min ago view