Category Archives: MLB Free Agents

RULE 5 IS GOOD, BUT……….

At the Winter Meetings following the World Series, major league teams must decide on the 40 players they want to protect in a special draft that is commonly referred to as the Rule Five Draft.

The rule is basically a good idea as it prevents teamsimages (25) from stockpiling players in their farm systems and it gives hope to minor league players who may be languishing behind a all star major leaguer playing the same position. Depending on age when they signed, players become eligible after three or four years

Historically, players such as Roberto Clemente (above) who as we know turned into the steal of the Century for the Pirates, R A Dickey (left),download (9) Dan Uggla, and Jose Bautista (below) revitalized their careers after being taken in this draft. Last year, the Rangers caught lightning in a bottle when they selected images (26)Delino Deshields who became the Texas Rookie Of The Year. For major league teams, the price of a selection is a mere $50,000…….but there’s a catch……
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YANKEES – SIT TIGHT AND WAIT IT OUT

If there is one thing the 2015 season demonstrated, it’s that younger (read athletically) constructed teams were the ones who played well into October. In essence, speed kills. Whether you’re talkingimages-1 about a fast ball consistently in the 95-97 mph range (Mets starters) or quick thinking and athleticism on the base paths, or swift and reliable ball tracking in the outfield (Royals on both counts)  – all winning teams (add the Cubs, Astros, and Pirates too) have speed as a common thread between them. Continue reading

PICKING OFF THE LOW HANGING FRUIT……

A quick look at the Transaction Wire over the past few days reveals that general managers are picking the low hanging fruit of the free agent market in an attempt to either bolster the depth of their team, or (more likely) hoping to catch lightning in a bottle by signing a player who underperformed or was injured last season.

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MLB.COM LIKES THIS POST

MLB.COM recently cited this post from Reflections On Baseball as one they thought deserved more attention. I appreciate that.

Here’s a link to where they posted “When Is $15.8 Million Chump Change?” (It’s the third one listed).

http://mlbcomblogs.mlblogs.com/2015/11/09/discover-monday-around-the-horn-22/

WHEN $15.8 MILLION IS ONLY CHUMP CHANGE

A record twenty potential free agents received qualifying offers from their respective teams this year. Each of them now have a week or so to accept the offer or enter the market as a free agent. The value of their offer is set by Major League Baseball at $15.8 million – not exactly chump change. In all a total of 34 players have received a similar offer since the rule was established and 34 players have rejected the offer.

For a handful of players on this year’s list, the offer is actually insulting. A  Zach Greinke (left), for instance, 635824158337272552-USATSI-8863004is due to be the Max Scherzer of this year’s market and he would be foolish to accept that kind of money. But for others, they should be thinking really hard about accepting the offer because aside from their own egos and all the b.s. their agents feed them, they should take the money and thank the Lord for his generosity. Continue reading