March 18, 2013; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Cincinnati Reds shortstop Cesar Izturis (3) makes the play for the out in the third inning during a spring training game against the Colorado Rockies at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

Free Agent Fantasy Team: Setting the Rosters-Off the Radar


With Texas and Houston playing last night, the MLB season has officially started. This means that I had to set my all free agent fantasy team roster, 25 MLB players, along with 15 players that are inactive, whether in the minors or on the DL (or in Bartolo Colon’s case, suspended). This means I had to cut 20 players, though some were already cut during spring training. So here is how my roster looks going into the season:


Name fWAR rWAR WARP WAA Position 2013 Contract Future Contract
James Loney 1B 2 mil
Maicer Izturis 2B 3 mil 6 mil
Marco Scutaro 2B 6.66 mil 13.33 mil
Jeff Keppinger 2B 4 mil 8 mil
Jack Hanahan 3B 2 mil 2 mil
Eric Chavez 3B 3 mil
David Ross C 3.1 mil 3.1 mil
Geovany Soto C 2.75 mil
Yorvit Torrealba C .5 mil
Juan Pierre OF 1.6 mil
Melky Cabrera OF 8 mil 8 mil
Dewayne Wise OF .7 mil
Andres Torres OF 2 mil
Ryan Ludwick OF 7.5 mil 7.5 mil
Nate Schierholz OF 2.25 mil
Oliver Perez RP 1.5 mil
Shawn Camp RP 1.35 mil
Jason Grilli RP 2.75 mil 4 mil
Hisanori Takahasi RP .5 mil
Jeremy Guthrie SP 5 mil 20 mil
Hiroki Kuroda SP 15 mil
John Lannan SP 2.5 mil
Scott Feldman SP 6 mil
Kevin Slowey SP .5 mil
Cody Ransom SS .5 mil


Name fWAR rWAR WARP WAA Position 2013 Contract Future Contract
Scott Baker SP 5.5 mil
Randy Wells SP MiLB
Michael Olmsted RP MiLB
Carlos Torres RP MiLB
Ryan Madson RP 3.5 mil
Mitch Maier OF MiLB
Brian Bogusevic OF MiLB
Rich Thompson OF MiLB
Thomas Neal OF MiLB
Bobby Wilson C MiLB
Mike Fontenot 2B MiLB
Matt Downs 2B MiLB
Travis Ishikawa 1B MiLB
Dan Johnson 1B MiLB
Bartolo Colon SP 3 mil


Name fWAR rWAR WARP WAA 2013 Contract Future Contract
Freddy Garcia MiLB
Ryan Sweeney MiLB
Hector Rondon MiLB
Zach Braddock MiLB
Endy Chavez MiLB
Chris Volstad MiLB
Kyle McClellan MiLB
Ryan Sadowski MiLB
Brandon Allen MiLB
Cesar Izturis MiLB
Nate McLouth 2 mil
Tim Brydak MiLB
Tim Wood MiLB
Ryan Reid MiLB
Neal Cotts MiLB
Jason Bourgieous MiLB
Zach Phillips MiLB
Mike Ekstrom MiLB
Bill Bray MiLB
Dan Wheeler MiLB

Obviously for minor league contracts that were selected and added to the MLB roster, we don’t have the contract data for (at least via Baseball Reference). So for now, and I will update it if they change, I am putting them at .5 million dollars, which is about league minimum. This means I have spent 98.66 million dollars out of my 108 million “cap”. So I have plenty of flexibility to purchase contracts from the minors all year, along with perhaps even being able to sign a Grady Sizemore/Brian Wilson type guy in the middle of the season if needed or wanted (and I will always be looking for minor league free agents).

For my minor league team, I had to balance out positions, to make sure I have depth, while still trying to keep players that have a legit shot of making the Majors at some time this season. My starting pitching depth is not nearly as good as I thought it was. I am not left with a lot of options, as Randy Wells is my only healthy minor league starting pitcher. Obviously I will add Bartolo Colon to the 25 man roster after the first week of the season when he is eligible again. Obviously a good number of my releases were minor league relief pitchers, which was by design, as I just signed a bunch of them and hoped some would stick. For those wondering, Dan Wheeler was the last cut (which probably shows up because he is last in order).

The two tough decisions I had on my MLB roster was Cesar Izturis versus Cody Ransom (I obviously picked Ransom) and Yorvit Torrealba versus Nate McClouth. I decided to keep Torrealba and have 3 catchers just because catching is so volatile and I have a lot of outfield depth. Both Ransom and Izturis project to basically be replacement players, but Ransom has the potential to hit for an empty average and has a little more versatility than Izturis, so he will probably have a better chance of hanging around all season. Other than that, the 25 man roster sorted itself out pretty well.

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