Free Agent Frenzy
Submitted by Rob G. on Thu, 11/10/2005 - 10:55pm
MLB.com is sponsoring another year of Free Agent Frenzy. They give you a list of the top 15 free agents in their opinion and you rank them by team and by confidence level. Winner gets free opening day tickets. Try to use the comments to ONLY post your own picks. (So don't go looking at the comments and then posting your picks, please do that first) Once all the players on the list sign, I'll try and calculate a winner. I'll figure out a prize later. Signing period begins tomorrow so get your picks in quick!!! You can view mine after the jump:
Some quick reasonings:
Burnett: Too many teams interested, tough call at the moment, no state tax, big ballpark favors Seattle
Damon: Doesn't sound like anyone really wants him for such a highly touted guy, does it?
Farnsworth: So begins the list of players I have no idea where they end up
Furcal: I'm an optimist by nature
Nomar: Dodgers always seemed like the logical landing place for him
Jones: Just based off some rumors
Konerko: Too many good feelings after the Series to leave
Millwood: Reunited with Mazzone?
Molina: Mets really want him, he's got family there, sounds perfect
Morris: Dodgers got some cash this off-season just no one to spend it for them
Piazza: Absolutely no idea other than it'll be an AL team
Ryan: What the Yanks want, the Yanks pay for
Wagner: Toss-up between Phils & Mets, tough call
Wilson: No idea how he got on this list, sounds like one of those guys the Pirates take a waiver on in Feb, but I'm drawing a blank on the D'Backs cf
|A.J. Burnett||Seattle Mariners||6|
|Johnny Damon||Boston Red Sox||4|
|Kyle Farnsworth||Atlanta Braves||7|
|Rafael Furcal||Chicago Cubs||15|
|Nomar Garciaparra||LA Dodgers||11|
|Brian Giles||St. Louis Cardinals||12|
|Jacque Jones||San Diego Padres||5|
|Paul Konerko||Chicago White Sox||13|
|Kevin Millwood||Baltimore Orioles||8|
|Bengie Molina||NY Mets||14|
|Matt Morris||LA Dodgers||3|
|Mike Piazza||Detroit Tigers||2|
|B.J. Ryan||NY Yanks||9|
|Billy Wagner||NY Mets||7|
|Preston Wilson||Arizona D'Backs||1|
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Kershaw uses his 132nd pitch for his 15th K (Marlon Juice Byrd, with the tying run at 2nd), and the Dodgers sweep the Giants. Also, Pirates lose to the Brewers for the 5th straight time. So...with 30 to play, we are 6.5 up on SF (7 in loss column) and 8 up on the Nats, and still in contact (4.5 back) of the Pirates. Man, what a roller coaster the last 2 days -- fantastic stuff.
Schlitter still pitching for Iowa? Guess nobody wanted him?
JOHN B: Pierce Johnson and Rob Zastryzny were likely 2015 AFL candidates (I mentioned them as likely candidates to get assigned to the AFL in an article about the AFL last month) because they are starting pitchers who missed part of the season due to injuries and they need to accrue more innings.
Also - what did Bosio say when we went to talk to Rondon? "OK, Hector, tie game, 9th inning, 2 outs, 2-0 count on the hottest hitter in the game. Let's try the ol' fastball right down the middle and see how that works, hmmm?" Terrible pitch. I've never been a fan of using closers in non-save situations -- they are used to pitching with adrenaline pumping and celebrating the last out of the inning. I realize it was a a swinging bunt and an error that caused the problem, but that may have been the worst pitch I have seen Rondon throw in a long time.
Ugly series save a few clutch Homeruns. 2 first inning Homeruns allowed. 2 complete innings (out of 27) with a lead (8th and 9th game 2). 6 Leads/Ties given up top half of the inning after scoring. 9 9th inning unearned runs. Brutal roadtrip coming up while SF plays 22 straight against teams with losing records. Like the Cubs odds, obviously, but long way to go.
No more f'n Pajama Parties, Joe! Losing a series at home to the Reds (who have a worse record than the Brewers) in September is not what we are looking for, gentlemen. 3 series losses in a row -- let's get that fixed immediately. Bad error by KB as Crunch describes -- almost like he was surprised the ball was hit to him. I think if he makes that play we win the game.
solid smack to him...right through his legs. he wasn't even in motion, totally stationary. no bad bounce, either. it was hit very hard, but also squarely wiffed...not even any glove contact. it happens...not a good time for it to happen with 2 outs, though. that was the inning ender, easy.
Can someone tell me about Bryant's error who saw the play? You cannot give the Reds (or most teams) 4 outs. In this case with Joey Votto coming up.
un...fucking...believable... tie a game in the bottom 8th, give up 3 runs in the top 9th...why the hell not. awesome.
DAT TIE THO.
Ugh Hammel...the new Haren. The 3-5 starters have imploded and killed yet another series.
Just about to type the same thing.....Augh!
5 times in the last 3 games, Cubs have taken the lead or tied the game in the bottom half, only to give up runs in the top half.
<p>I'd like to see stats on opposing pitcher batting average. It's probably not real, but seems like we give up hits all the time to f-ing pitchers. </p>
Tony Four Sacks # 27