Apr 11, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Chicago White Sox second baseman Jeff Keppinger (7) hits an RBI single during the fourth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Free Agent Fantasy Team Update: Missing You Ransom-Off the Radar


Starts like last night’s from New York Yankees starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda will help our free agent fantasy team to bounce back from a slow start. Find out more below. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

We are now two weeks into the season, so it is time to check in on how the free agent fantasy team is doing.

The only real move this week is Cody Ransom was designated for assignment by the Padres. Remember, I picked Ransom over Cesar Izturis when the season started, releasing Izturis. Considering Izturis is still on the Reds’, it looks like I made a mistake. Since Ransom was designated for assignment, and is currently in that limbo period, I could put him in the minors/inactive part of the roster. However, since that part is full, and I don’t want to release someone in hopes of keeping Ransom when he could be released himself, I am just going to go ahead and release him. Speaking of released players, I had Endy Chavez in spring training but when he was released by the Royals and then signed by the Mariners, I didn’t sign him again. He has made the Majors with the Mariners now and has been playing in some games. So for now, I will go with a 24 man roster. I have middle infielders, so I don’t need to bring anyone to play “replacement” for me, and I don’t have anyone else from my minors coming up. So for now, I’m stuck with 24 players.

Baseball Reference has started updating their value numbers, so we can post those as well now. I also changed how I logged the WAR data for released players. From now on, I am only keeping track of how they did when they were with my team. This makes things easier for adding up how I did, as I don’t confuse post-team numbers with their numbers that they put up when they were on my team. This post goes up on Mondays, so the numbers are actually taken from Sunday morning, so they don’t include Sunday games.

The Kraken


Name fWAR rWAR WARP WAA Position 2013 Contract Future Contract
James Loney 0 -0.1 0 -0.2 1B 2 mil
Maicer Izturis 0 -0.3 -0.1 -0.4 2B 3 mil 6 mil
Marco Scutaro 0.1 0.3 -0.1 0.1 2B 6.66 mil 13.33 mil
Jeff Keppinger -0.3 -0.4 -0.3 -0.6 2B 4 mil 8 mil
Jack Hannahan 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2 3B 2 mil 2 mil
Eric Chavez 0 -0.1 0 -0.1 3B 3 mil
David Ross 0.1 0.1 0 0.1 C 3.1 mil 3.1 mil
Geovany Soto 0.1 0.1 0 0.1 C 2.75 mil
Yorvit Torrealba 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 C .5 mil
Juan Pierre -0.2 -0.1 -0.1 -0.3 OF 1.6 mil
Melky Cabrera -0.1 0.2 0.1 0 OF 8 mil 8 mil
Dewayne Wise -0.1 0 0 -0.1 OF .7 mil
Andres Torres 0 -0.1 -0.1 -0.1 OF 2 mil
Nate Schierholz 0.5 0.1 0.6 -0.1 OF 2.25 mil
Oliver Perez 0 0.2 0 0.2 RP 1.5 mil
Shawn Camp 0.1 0 0.2 -0.1 RP 1.35 mil
Jason Grilli 0.2 0.3 0.2 0.2 RP 2.75 mil 4 mil
Hisanori Takahashi -0.1 0 -0.1 0 RP .5 mil
Jeremy Guthrie 0 0.2 0.1 0.2 SP 5 mil 20 mil
Hiroki Kuroda 0.1 -0.1 -0.1 -0.2 SP 15 mil
John Lannan 0.3 0.4 0.2 0.3 SP 2.5 mil
Scott Feldman -0.1 -0.3 0 -0.4 SP 6 mil
Kevin Slowey 0 0.5 -0.1 0.4 SP .5 mil
Bartolo Colon 0.2 0.1 -0.1 0 SP 3 Mil

Minors

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
Ryan Ludwick 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 OF 7.5 mil 7.5 mil

Former/Released

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
Cody Ransom -0.2 -0.2 -0.2 -0.2 .5 mil

Here is how my team breaks down so far:

1 fWAR

1.2 rWAR

.6 WARP

-.7 WAA

If we assume that my team has played 11 games so far, here is how my team record breaks down, with the WARs added to each one’s specific baselines:

4.234 Wins 6.766 Losses according to fWAR

4.434 Wins 6.566 Losses according to rWAR

4.12 Wins 6.88 Losses according to WARP

4.8 Wins 6.2 Losses according to WAA

So it hasn’t been a good start so far. Of course it is really early, so we shouldn’t freak out about slow starts by players like Jeff Keppinger or Hiroki Kuroda. There is no need to make panic moves yet, but I think this team is better than they are playing on a whole. It will also be interesting to see how the Scott Feldman situation plays itself out. He has been pretty poor so far, and it looks like he will miss a start with a back injury. He hasn’t been put on the disabled list yet, but he could be, and that would really test my pitching depth.

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