The MLB off season has kicked off in high gear. In addition the rumor mill is off the charts already. This should be a lot of moves this off season to digest. Parody is through out baseball so a lot of teams feel that 2015 can be a special season for them.
Mets & Cuddyer:
The Mets started the off season by signing Michael Cuddyer to a 2 year 21 Million dollar deal. Because the Rockies offered Cuddyer a qualifying offer the signing cost the Mets their 2015 1st Round draft pick (15th overall). The Mets this off season needed to get 2 bats one for a corner outfield spot and one at short. Check off corner outfield. Cuddyer is a really good bat who is a strong RBI man, a tough out and a team leader that can really help a young team like the Mets. But and this is but with a capital B this move is risky because of Cuddyer injury history and the fact he will be 36 on Opening Day. If Cuddyer can play a healthy 120 games for the Mets this will be a really good move for them. The Mets have to be smart with Cuddyer on a weekly basis and give him ample rest each week. The Mets have good role players on their team such as Eric Young Jr & Matt den Dekker so they can spell Cuddyer a couple of times a week. Having said that as much as Cuddyer is a really good fit for the Mets this move does have a lot of risk to it.
V-Mart Stays in Detroit:
Victor Martinez signed a very nice deal at 68 Million over 4 years (17 Million Per). V-Mart finished 2nd in the MVP race last year for the Tigers as he had a monster year. In fact the last 4 years Martinez has played at least 145 games in each season. He did miss all of 2012 due to injury. Continue reading
As we head into Tuesday nights action with the NL teams in contention having between 42 and 46 games left, I felt it was a good time to break down the NL Playoff races both for the division titles and wild cards.
Washington – The Nationals are up 4 games on the Braves and 5 in the loss column. The Nationals play the Braves 6 more times in their remaining 46 games. Recent history has had the Nationals struggle mightily against Atlanta. The Nationals do have some soft games left on the schedule with 6 against the Phillies and 4 against the D-Backs. The Nats who won have played very well against the Mets in recent times play them 10 times in their final 46 games.
Brewers – The Crew is up 2.5 games on the Pirates and 3 against the Cards, although only 2 in the loss column on both squads. The Reds trail Milwaukee by 5.5 games and 5 in the loss column. The Brewers still have to play the Cardinals 7 more times and the Pirates & Reds 6 more times each. That’s 19 games of the Brewers final 43. Keep in mind the Brewers play the Cubs 9 more times and the Padres 3 more times so they have to take advantage against those weak teams. Continue reading
With the non waiver trade deadline over it’s time to take a sneak peek at the upcoming MLB off-season. Outside of the 3 very big starting pitchers in this winters free agent class this years crop of free agents is lacking. This should open the door for a lot of trades this off-season. Potentially could be a wild winter meetings.
Free Agent Class:
Let’s start with the starting pitching. No doubt there are 3 aces in this years class in Jon Lester (will be 31 in January), Max Scherzer (just turned 30) and James Shields (will be 33 in December). There is no doubt both Lester & Scherzer will get 6 years plus at big dollars (20 Million and above). Interesting to note there will be no draft pick compensation with Lester due to the trade with the A’s. Shields is a little bit older than Lester and Scherzer and not having as good of a year as those two it’s possible Shields might have to settle for a 4 year deal but at big dollars as well. The second tier starting pitchers have their pluses and minuses in J.Beckett (LAD), J.De la Rosa (Col), J.Hammel (Oak), A.Harang (Atl), R.Hernandez (Phil), F.Liriano (Pitt), J.Masterson (Stl), J.Peavy (SF), E.Santana (Atl) & E.Volquez (Pitt). In terms of the closers there really is 3 guys to watch out for in C.Janseen (Tor), D.Robertson (Yankees) & K.Uehara (Red Sox).
In terms of the hitters this is probably one of the weakest classes in years. In terms of the top of the class you have M.Cabrera (Tor), N.Cruz (Balt), H.Ramirez (LAD) & V.Martinez (Det). All 4 guys will be at least 30 come this off-season and in the case of Cruz and Martinez in their mid 30’s. Also Cruz and Martinez are not great fits for the NL. Continue reading