It is the third Monday of the month, so it is time to update the All Free Agent Fantasy Team (for original post and explanation, click here). The last couple of weeks included a lot of interesting signings, so without much more of an introduction, here are the players I signed:
For some reason, I forgot to add Scott Feldman to the spreadsheet, so I fixed that below.
James Loney: 2 million for 2013
Loney has been a good defender in his career, but he is coming off a disastrous year. He had a 2.4 fWAR year in 2011, so I just need really something in between that.
Geovany Soto: 2.75 million for 2013
This makes sure I have some catching depth. Less than 3 million is a steal if he bounces back from a rough 2012.
Bill Bray: MiLB contract
Mike Ekstrom: MiLB contract
By the way, I am glad I didn’t wait for Dan Haren to add to my rotation, like I was planning, as his 13 million dollar deal is too risky for me.
Jeff Keppinger: 4 million for 2013, 8 million in future comittments
I have liked Keppinger for some time, even before his breakout season. I needed infield help badly, as their isn’t much out in the free agent market.
Marco Scutaro: 3 years 20 million
The other big infield player, this helps me with infield depth.
Nate Mclouth: 1 year 2 million
Mclouth has a .8 fWAR in 2012 and 3 WAR years in both 2008 and 2009. However, when you combine 2010-2012, he is a below replacement player. This is some low risk outfield depth.
Eric Chavez: 3 million for 2013
Nate Schierholtz: 2.25 million for 2013
Jason Bourgeois: MiLB contract
Zach Phillips: MiLB contract
Randy Wells: MiLB contract
Brandon Allen: MiLB contract
Ryan Ludwick: 2 years 15 million
Contract details haven’t been released yet, so for now I am just splitting the contract in half. I’ll correct it if things change.
Jason Grilli: 2.75 for 2013. 4 million in future committments.
Sort of a backloaded deal that makes some sense as extra pitching depth.
Dan Wheeler: MiLB contract
Jack Hanahan: 2 million for 2013, 2 million in future comittments
Bobby Wilson: MiLB contract
Andres Torres: 2 million for 2013
John Lannan: 2.5 million for 2013
Ryan Sadowski: MiLB contract
Here is my team so far:
Added 39.41 million to my 2013 payroll, which makes it 96.66 million spent out of the available 103 million spent. This basically means I am done, even though I have 56.57 million dollars of future commitments left. I still have 15 open roster spots, and while I may be able to add one or two more MLB players, most of those will be minor league players. So let’s put together a depth chart:
I like my outfield depth, and I like my starting rotation, but I would like to add one or two more MiLB guys just for insurance. My starters in the infield aren’t horrible (it is doubtful I can improve on James Loney unfortunately), I just need more depth. I don’t have a backup shortstop, and even though Hanahan is a capable backup, odds are that Eric Chavez will be hurt for at least part of the season. The bullpen is fine most likely, but I would like to get another emergency catcher.