August 14, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman James Loney (7) singles against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the sixth inning at PNC Park. The Los Angeles Dodgers won 11-0. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Free Agent Fantasy Team Update: Depth Chart-Off the Radar

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.

Sep 28, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Jeff Keppinger (7) throws out Chicago White Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis (not pictured) during the first inning at US Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

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:

Starting Pitching:

Hiroki Kuroda

Jeremy Guthrie

Bartolo Colon

Scott Baker

John Lannan

Scott Feldman

Randy Wells

Relief Pitching:

Jason Grilli

Oliver Perez

Ryan Madson

Shawn Camp

Dan Wheeler

Carlos Torres

Tim Byrdak

Bill Bray

Michael Olmstead

Tim Wood

Ryan Reid

Hector Rondon

Neal Cotts

Zach Phillips

Mike Ekstrom

Ryan Sadowski


David Ross

Geovany Soto

Bobby Wilson

1st Base:

James Loney

Brandon Allen

2nd Base:

Marco Scutaro

Jeff Keppinger

Mike Fontenot


Maicier Izturis

3rd Base:

Eric Chavez

Jack Hanahan


Ryan Ludwick

Melky Cabrera

Juan Pierre

Andres Torres

Nate Schierholtz

Nate Mclouth

Dewayne Wise

Brian Boguesevic

Jason Bourgeoius

Mitch Maier

Rich Thompson

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.

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