Well the 2014 MLB season ended last night with a very dramatic Game 7 with the Giants prevailing 3-2. It was an all old school and all time World Series performance by Madison Bumgarner. For people who saw Koufax and Bob Gibson pitch it brought back memories of what those guys use to do in the Fall Classic. But believe it or not today October 30th kicks off the off-season so we are off and running with it.
Today I start my first off season article and we kick off focusing in on this winter’s free agent class of hitters. I am not going to list every free agent hitter in my article just the key free agent hitters. My list is broken down by position and then in alphabetical order. In addition any ages given per player will be their age come opening day 2015. Also when I mention whether or not a team will give a qualifying offer to a player the amount set for such offers is 15.3 Million for the 2015 season on a 1 year deal. Also keep in mind players given qualifying offers if that player leaves his old team and signs with a new club, his previous club will get the new club’s 1st round draft pick in the upcoming 2015 draft. However if the club that signs the player with a qualifying offer has a top 10 pick in the upcoming 2015 MLB Draft then that club would have to surrender their 2nd round pick in this upcoming draft. Either way it’s a heavy price. With that lets’ take a look at the key hitters in this winters free agent class.
The 2015 Free Agent Hitters Class is nothing to write home about it. In fact that is the overall statement regarding the entire free agent class this off season. Having said that there are a number of hitters in this years class that can help teams going forward. However what is the financial commitment as well as potential draft pick compensation on each player? Let’s break it down. Continue reading
Earlier we broke down the ALDS series today it’s the senior circuit. Madison Bumgarner and Brandon Crawford powered the Giants into the NLDS to face the Nationals last night. So lets look at the NLDS match ups now that we know them.
SF Giants vs Washington:
The Giants are gritty, experienced, battled tested, well managed team that knows how to win. This is a not an easy match up for the Nationals as the Giants seem to play their best ball in October. The Nationals are the better team, stronger in starting pitcher, in the bullpen and the lineup. There is a lot of pressure on the Nationals to win this 5 game series. I do worry about the Nats getting the final 3 outs in the 9th inning protecting with a 1 run lead as the closer is currently Drew Storen. If Madison Bumgarner who pitched brilliantly in the Wild Card game was able to pitch twice in this tight series I
would have picked the Giants. But since the Giants Ace only goes once I like the Nationals in a very tough series.
Nationals in 5
St.Louis vs Los Angeles Continue reading
The biggest name being floating around as we head to the MLB trade deadline seems to be Tampa Bay Rays ace David Price. Entering into Saturday’s action the Rays are in last place in the AL East with a 42-53 record. The Rays are 10.5 out of first place in the AL East and 10 back in the loss column behind the 2nd wild card team in the Mariners. Unless a big winning streak happens immediately the Rays would consider trading David Price.
The Price Would Be High:
Even though David Price is under team control for Tampa only through next season and Price will get a huge arbitration number this off-season (3rd time arbitration – it will be over 15 Million), the Rays want a lot back in a trade. This is not a situation where the Rays are saying we can’t afford him in the immediate future so we are going to take the best offer we can get. Not at all, the Rays will not trade David Price unless they get a big package or a big future player who is ready for the majors soon. The Cubs trade with the A’s that sent Hammel and Samardzija to Oakland but netted one of the best prospects in baseball in Addison Russell reaffirms the Rays belief. Continue reading