What is your opinion of the A.J. Pierzynski signing?
MJH on accountability
Below are the official Type A&B Free Agents. Type A's cost you your top draft choice if they've been offered arbitration by their former team, but Type B's cost the signing team nothing. That would make a lot of attractive targets on the 1st list a lot less desirable. But, the 2nd list includes Benoit, Wood, and several other relievers. JJ Putz might be interesting to look at. None should be able to get a ton of money from us, however, unless Frankie leaves and either Ogando or Feliz get a shot at the rotation.
There are also several catchers there, including John Buck. I would argue that some of the Type B's will have their phones ringing off the hook all month, while most of fringe Type A's know they aren't going to field many calls from smart GMs.
It makes it tricky also for the Rangers in their dealings with Vlad and Frankie. Are you happy to offer arbitration, knowing either or both might accept, and be in line for more money than you wanted to spend? You could do like Atlanta did last year when Soriano surprised them by accepting their arbitration offer...they traded him to Tampa. But would anybody want to take on Vlad's probable contract at $7-9M?
I'll be surprised if JD goes after any of these Type A's other than maybe Crawford, but he'll be too much for a team not really suffering outfield depth issues. Even Victor Martinez is a stretch for me, tough his bat would be nice. But if he's one of only 2 catchers on the roster, I don't think Wash will let him DH much, because he's always reticent about an injury to the starter during a game that would cause you to suddenly lose your DH the rest of the way...I think he overblows that worry. Plus he wouldn't pull Martinez for defense late in the game for basically the same reasons.
Bronson Arroyo -- 80.033 - club optionGrant Balfour -- 72.923Adrian Beltre -- 81.633 - player optionCarl Crawford -- 85.128Jorge de la Rosa -- 74.422Scott Downs -- 76.352Adam Dunn -- 74.167Frank Francisco -- 73.171Jason Frasor -- 73.383Vladimir Guerrero -- 80.000 - mutual optionMatt Guerrier -- 79.569Ramon Hernandez -- 74.517Derek Jeter -- 91.304Paul Konerko -- 78.095Jason Kubel -- 80.000 - club optionCliff Lee -- 87.500Derrek Lee -- 74.167Ted Lilly -- 80.116Victor Martinez -- 87.054Bengie Molina -- 72.321Magglio Ordonez -- 77.436Carl Pavano -- 75.568Andy Pettitte -- 80.492A.J. Pierzynski -- 80.804Manny Ramirez -- 76.154Arthur Rhodes -- 72.229Mariano Rivera -- 88.830Takashi Saito -- 69.657Rafael Soriano -- 91.799Miguel Tejada -- 76.720Matt Thornton -- 86.214 - club option exercisedBilly Wagner -- 83.313Jayson Werth -- 91.807Dan Wheeler -- 74.673 - club option
Rod Barajas -- 59.459Joaquin Benoit -- 66.879Lance Berkman -- 64.762 - club option declinedJohn Buck -- 67.411Orlando Cabrera -- 66.667Randy Choate -- 62.460Kevin Correia -- 57.591Jesse Crain -- 60.657Johnny Damon -- 74.359Octavio Dotel -- 66.473Chad Durbin -- 57.471David Eckstein -- 65.801Mark Ellis -- 74.405 - club optionPedro Feliciano -- 66.855Brian Fuentes -- 67.055Jon Garland -- 71.947 - mutual optionAlex Gonzalez -- 61.376 - club optionKevin Gregg -- 66.967 - club optionBrad Hawpe -- 70.769Aaron Heilman -- 58.420Trevor Hoffman -- 62.829 - club optionOrlando Hudson -- 70.238Aubrey Huff -- 60.000Omar Infante -- 62.338 - club optionBrandon Inge -- 67.347Hiroki Kuroda -- 68.152Gerald Laird -- 60.045Adam LaRoche -- 61.667 - mutual optionFelipe Lopez -- 67.532 - club optionMike Lowell -- 62.585Hideki Matsui -- 73.333Kevin Millwood -- 58.617Miguel Olivo -- 65.251 - mutual optionDavid Ortiz -- 75.000 - club optionCarlos Pena -- 64.762Jhonny Peralta -- 62.585 - club optionScott Podsednik -- 69.880 - club optionJ.J. Putz -- 62.213Chad Qualls -- 56.168Aramis Ramirez -- 63.187 - player optionJon Rauch -- 69.088Jose Reyes -- 62.434 - club optionHisanori Takahashi -- 58.650Yorvit Torrealba -- 63.900 - mutual optionKoji Uehara -- 68.010Juan Uribe -- 65.608Jason Varitek -- 64.732Javier Vazquez -- 71.970Kerry Wood -- 62.778 - club option declined
I would offer both Guerrero and Francisco arbitration.
50% chance Guerrero accepts, but that's not the end of the world.(7.5-8 million?)
5% chance Francisco accepts and you have a #1.(Somebody will sign him for a 3-year deal as a closer after Soria is gone.)
If Guerrero declines, you have another #1 and I would go after Berkman. I think he would take $2 million less than from any other team.
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