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2013 Hot Stove & Capella's Fabulous Cornhole Thread (1 Viewer)

Dunno why the Sox are dangling (?) Lackey if he's getting the minimum in 2015
The talk on the radio was that the Sox might be looking to trade Lackey, maybe Middlebrooks, and a couple of prospects to a NL team for a youngerish potential #1 or #2 pitcher. I didn't catch the entire conversation, but the Lackey contract made it more attractive to potential suitors. But that sort of hinged on the Sox being able to keep Drew and slot Xander in at 3B.

If the numbers I saw were right, the Sox are committed to spending $140M on 12 players this upcoming season (that number includes $4 million of Adrian Gonzalez' contract). That's the 5th highest total in MLB (in terms of amount already committed to for next year). Last year they were at $178M, so if they want to spend to a similar threshold, they would have half a team to field for $38M.

 
Dunno why the Sox are dangling (?) Lackey if he's getting the minimum in 2015
The talk on the radio was that the Sox might be looking to trade Lackey, maybe Middlebrooks, and a couple of prospects to a NL team for a youngerish potential #1 or #2 pitcher. I didn't catch the entire conversation, but the Lackey contract made it more attractive to potential suitors. But that sort of hinged on the Sox being able to keep Drew and slot Xander in at 3B.

If the numbers I saw were right, the Sox are committed to spending $140M on 12 players this upcoming season (that number includes $4 million of Adrian Gonzalez' contract). That's the 5th highest total in MLB (in terms of amount already committed to for next year). Last year they were at $178M, so if they want to spend to a similar threshold, they would have half a team to field for $38M.
Every team got a 25mm bump in revenue via TV money. Boston could get up near 200 depending on how much of it they want to spend.

 
guru_007 said:
Sox will lose a few players, sure. Drew is no big loss, especially with Bogaerts ready. No reason to pay silly money to him. Ellsbury will get paid, and it will suck to lose him, but you can't keep everyone. Bradley will be the logical choice to fill in, but the Sox do have quite a few outfielders on their roster and in the minors.

Napoli should be kept if possible, but again, if someone is going to overpay, you can't keep everyone. Salty is a guy I wouldn't mind keeping, wouldn't hate to see him go.

Red Sox will also figure to bring new players in. I think the only impact loss will be Ellsbury, gotta figure they'll be able to make at least one or two impact signings.

And it looks like Tulo isn't going anywhere.
Actually, the Red Sox are one of the few teams that can.

 
Anarchy99 said:
Last year they were at $178M, so if they want to spend to a similar threshold, they would have half a team to field for $38M.
Looks like they actually have 156 million in guaranteed salary for next year. But, besides catcher, they have very cheap options at every position of need. Xander at SS, Middlebrooks at 3B. Carp at 1B, and Bradley in CF. I doubt they go with all this guys though. It is also almost a guarantee that one, or maybe even 2 of Peavy, Dempster, Lackey get moved, which could possibly save them some money.

No doubt they are looking at the 189 million luxury tax threshold as an upper limit

 
Apparently Anthopolous said today that the Bautista thing is total horse####. Surprising from such vaunted journalist as Eskin.
GMs have everything to gain and nothing to lose from calling a report "horse ####". Who knows if there was any merit to it or not.

 
Apparently Anthopolous said today that the Bautista thing is total horse####. Surprising from such vaunted journalist as Eskin.
GMs have everything to gain and nothing to lose from calling a report "horse ####". Who knows if there was any merit to it or not.
Bautista's got a pretty nice contract. It'd have to take an insane offer for Toronto to unload him.

Reports are that Stephen Drew has ruled out Boston. Might be a good move for Boston, but at the same time I don't think Bogaerts is still about a year away. It'll be interesting to see if they sign a scrapheap stopgap.

 
Apparently Anthopolous said today that the Bautista thing is total horse####. Surprising from such vaunted journalist as Eskin.
GMs have everything to gain and nothing to lose from calling a report "horse ####". Who knows if there was any merit to it or not.
I could see the Jays trading Bautista, but only for a top end pitcher. The Domonic Brown rumour doesn't make a ton of sense.

 
SAN FRANCISCO -- Buster Posey will not follow Joe Mauer's career path, at least for the near future.Speaking at baseball's General Managers Meetings in Orlando, Fla., Giants GM Brian Sabean affirmed that Posey, the club's prized catcher, will remain behind the plate indefinitely and perhaps for as long as he plays with San Francisco.

"When we signed him to an extension, we considered him as a catcher, and those numbers he was able to get in the extension were based on him being a catcher," said Sabean, referring to the nine-year, $167 million deal Posey and the Giants reached last March. For Posey, Sabean added, catching "is his passion, and that's where we need him to be at long term."

Posey has started 350 games at catcher and 77 at first base since reaching the Major Leagues in 2010. Many of his appearances at first base are geared toward sparing him the physical erosion of catching while keeping his valuable bat in the lineup.

Posey, 26, already has won the National League's Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player awards and is a two-time NL All-Star. He received none of those accolades in 2011, when he sustained multiple left leg injuries in a horrific home-plate collision with Scott Cousins of the Marlins and was limited to 45 games.

That incident prompted Giants manager Bruce Bochy to suggest amending the rules to eliminate or discourage violent collisions at the plate to protect the health of catchers.

Said Sabean at the GM Meetings, "There are a lot of issues. I see both sides, having gone through it with Buster. Our diligence in the game is from a safety standpoint and to make sure we're not putting people in harm's way when they shouldn't be."
 
Love to see the A's go after Haren to replace Colon.
There's a reasonable chance they'll keep Colon. Olney reporting the market for Colon is cool. Can't believe no team would want Colon, but maybe theres no market for 40 year old toads. :shrug:
 
Hilts said:
Love to see the A's go after Haren to replace Colon.
There's a reasonable chance they'll keep Colon. Olney reporting the market for Colon is cool. Can't believe no team would want Colon, but maybe theres no market for 40 year old toads. :shrug:
I imagine a lot of dominoes are gonna have to fall before people really start getting interested in guys like Colon. The advantage that teams like the A's have is that they have no illusions about pursuing a Tanaka (or even a Garza or Santana), so they can get to the crop of high-risk guys first.

 
Northern Voice said:
RnR said:
Long Ball Larry said:
Apparently Anthopolous said today that the Bautista thing is total horse####. Surprising from such vaunted journalist as Eskin.
GMs have everything to gain and nothing to lose from calling a report "horse ####". Who knows if there was any merit to it or not.
I could see the Jays trading Bautista, but only for a top end pitcher. The Domonic Brown rumour doesn't make a ton of sense.
Good b/c it didn't make sense from the Phillies perspective either. Brown had a comparable year to Bautista. Bautista walked more but other than that, near identical numbers. Brown is under $1 million and team control til 2017. Bautista is making $14 million and a FA after 2016. Bautista is older and seemingly injured more often.So why would the Phillies give up Brown +, for an aging more expensive piece? Straight up swap barely makes sense forget about Brown +.

 
Northern Voice said:
RnR said:
Long Ball Larry said:
Apparently Anthopolous said today that the Bautista thing is total horse####. Surprising from such vaunted journalist as Eskin.
GMs have everything to gain and nothing to lose from calling a report "horse ####". Who knows if there was any merit to it or not.
I could see the Jays trading Bautista, but only for a top end pitcher. The Domonic Brown rumour doesn't make a ton of sense.
Good b/c it didn't make sense from the Phillies perspective either. Brown had a comparable year to Bautista. Bautista walked more but other than that, near identical numbers. Brown is under $1 million and team control til 2017. Bautista is making $14 million and a FA after 2016. Bautista is older and seemingly injured more often.So why would the Phillies give up Brown +, for an aging more expensive piece? Straight up swap barely makes sense forget about Brown +.
Ruben Amaro Jr. alias?

 
Northern Voice said:
RnR said:
Long Ball Larry said:
Apparently Anthopolous said today that the Bautista thing is total horse####. Surprising from such vaunted journalist as Eskin.
GMs have everything to gain and nothing to lose from calling a report "horse ####". Who knows if there was any merit to it or not.
I could see the Jays trading Bautista, but only for a top end pitcher. The Domonic Brown rumour doesn't make a ton of sense.
Good b/c it didn't make sense from the Phillies perspective either. Brown had a comparable year to Bautista. Bautista walked more but other than that, near identical numbers. Brown is under $1 million and team control til 2017. Bautista is making $14 million and a FA after 2016. Bautista is older and seemingly injured more often.So why would the Phillies give up Brown +, for an aging more expensive piece? Straight up swap barely makes sense forget about Brown +.
cuz hes ten times better
 
Northern Voice said:
RnR said:
Long Ball Larry said:
Apparently Anthopolous said today that the Bautista thing is total horse####. Surprising from such vaunted journalist as Eskin.
GMs have everything to gain and nothing to lose from calling a report "horse ####". Who knows if there was any merit to it or not.
I could see the Jays trading Bautista, but only for a top end pitcher. The Domonic Brown rumour doesn't make a ton of sense.
Good b/c it didn't make sense from the Phillies perspective either. Brown had a comparable year to Bautista. Bautista walked more but other than that, near identical numbers. Brown is under $1 million and team control til 2017. Bautista is making $14 million and a FA after 2016. Bautista is older and seemingly injured more often.So why would the Phillies give up Brown +, for an aging more expensive piece? Straight up swap barely makes sense forget about Brown +.
.034 gap in OBP is huge. And there is no sign that Brown is ever closing that gap.

 
Northern Voice said:
RnR said:
Long Ball Larry said:
Apparently Anthopolous said today that the Bautista thing is total horse####. Surprising from such vaunted journalist as Eskin.
GMs have everything to gain and nothing to lose from calling a report "horse ####". Who knows if there was any merit to it or not.
I could see the Jays trading Bautista, but only for a top end pitcher. The Domonic Brown rumour doesn't make a ton of sense.
Good b/c it didn't make sense from the Phillies perspective either. Brown had a comparable year to Bautista. Bautista walked more but other than that, near identical numbers. Brown is under $1 million and team control til 2017. Bautista is making $14 million and a FA after 2016. Bautista is older and seemingly injured more often.So why would the Phillies give up Brown +, for an aging more expensive piece? Straight up swap barely makes sense forget about Brown +.
.034 gap in OBP is huge. And there is no sign that Brown is ever closing that gap.
Brown just turned 26Bautista obp for his early years

age 25 - .335

26 - .339

27 - .313

28 - .345

Half of Brown's career pa's came this year. Not sure how you can decide whether there are signs of improvement or not.

And ftr, Brown's ops+ of 123 this year is 25 points better than Bautista posted until he was 29 (and that is over 2,000 pa's which is 2x as much as Brown has had in his career).

Some guys develop later :shrug:

 
Northern Voice said:
RnR said:
Long Ball Larry said:
Apparently Anthopolous said today that the Bautista thing is total horse####. Surprising from such vaunted journalist as Eskin.
GMs have everything to gain and nothing to lose from calling a report "horse ####". Who knows if there was any merit to it or not.
I could see the Jays trading Bautista, but only for a top end pitcher. The Domonic Brown rumour doesn't make a ton of sense.
Good b/c it didn't make sense from the Phillies perspective either. Brown had a comparable year to Bautista. Bautista walked more but other than that, near identical numbers. Brown is under $1 million and team control til 2017. Bautista is making $14 million and a FA after 2016. Bautista is older and seemingly injured more often.So why would the Phillies give up Brown +, for an aging more expensive piece? Straight up swap barely makes sense forget about Brown +.
.034 gap in OBP is huge. And there is no sign that Brown is ever closing that gap.
Brown just turned 26Bautista obp for his early years

age 25 - .335

26 - .339

27 - .313

28 - .345

Half of Brown's career pa's came this year. Not sure how you can decide whether there are signs of improvement or not.

And ftr, Brown's ops+ of 123 this year is 25 points better than Bautista posted until he was 29 (and that is over 2,000 pa's which is 2x as much as Brown has had in his career).

Some guys develop later :shrug:
Bautista is a bad comp for anyone. He didn't develop, he transformed his swing. Its something that really never works, except for with him.

 
Northern Voice said:
RnR said:
Long Ball Larry said:
Apparently Anthopolous said today that the Bautista thing is total horse####. Surprising from such vaunted journalist as Eskin.
GMs have everything to gain and nothing to lose from calling a report "horse ####". Who knows if there was any merit to it or not.
I could see the Jays trading Bautista, but only for a top end pitcher. The Domonic Brown rumour doesn't make a ton of sense.
Good b/c it didn't make sense from the Phillies perspective either. Brown had a comparable year to Bautista. Bautista walked more but other than that, near identical numbers. Brown is under $1 million and team control til 2017. Bautista is making $14 million and a FA after 2016. Bautista is older and seemingly injured more often.So why would the Phillies give up Brown +, for an aging more expensive piece? Straight up swap barely makes sense forget about Brown +.
.034 gap in OBP is huge. And there is no sign that Brown is ever closing that gap.
Brown just turned 26Bautista obp for his early years

age 25 - .335

26 - .339

27 - .313

28 - .345

Half of Brown's career pa's came this year. Not sure how you can decide whether there are signs of improvement or not.

And ftr, Brown's ops+ of 123 this year is 25 points better than Bautista posted until he was 29 (and that is over 2,000 pa's which is 2x as much as Brown has had in his career).

Some guys develop later :shrug:
Bautista is a bad comp for anyone. He didn't develop, he transformed his swing. Its something that really never works, except for with him.
yet the only reason Brown is coming off a good year and is worthy of being discussed as a trade piece for Bautista was because.....

...... wait for it......

.....he transformed his swing

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1579161-domonic-brown-a-firsthand-look-at-the-turnaround-from-clearwater

 
Northern Voice said:
RnR said:
Long Ball Larry said:
Apparently Anthopolous said today that the Bautista thing is total horse####. Surprising from such vaunted journalist as Eskin.
GMs have everything to gain and nothing to lose from calling a report "horse ####". Who knows if there was any merit to it or not.
I could see the Jays trading Bautista, but only for a top end pitcher. The Domonic Brown rumour doesn't make a ton of sense.
Good b/c it didn't make sense from the Phillies perspective either. Brown had a comparable year to Bautista. Bautista walked more but other than that, near identical numbers. Brown is under $1 million and team control til 2017. Bautista is making $14 million and a FA after 2016. Bautista is older and seemingly injured more often.So why would the Phillies give up Brown +, for an aging more expensive piece? Straight up swap barely makes sense forget about Brown +.
.034 gap in OBP is huge. And there is no sign that Brown is ever closing that gap.
Brown just turned 26Bautista obp for his early years

age 25 - .335

26 - .339

27 - .313

28 - .345

Half of Brown's career pa's came this year. Not sure how you can decide whether there are signs of improvement or not.

And ftr, Brown's ops+ of 123 this year is 25 points better than Bautista posted until he was 29 (and that is over 2,000 pa's which is 2x as much as Brown has had in his career).

Some guys develop later :shrug:
Bautista is a bad comp for anyone. He didn't develop, he transformed his swing. Its something that really never works, except for with him.
yet the only reason Brown is coming off a good year and is worthy of being discussed as a trade piece for Bautista was because.....

...... wait for it......

.....he transformed his swing

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1579161-domonic-brown-a-firsthand-look-at-the-turnaround-from-clearwater
He had a great month of May.

Here's his unadjusted month-by-month 2013 OPS: .681, .991, .884, .765, .772, .670. In his defense, he was hurt in September. Nothing he's done before or since suggests he capable of sustaining the power he displayed between May 1 and June 8.

In spite of that, I think the Phillies would be crazy to deal him. Their roster is still top heavy from a salary perspective. They need cheap assets like Brown even if he performs near replacement level for a corner OF.

 
Apparently Anthopolous said today that the Bautista thing is total horse####. Surprising from such vaunted journalist as Eskin.
GMs have everything to gain and nothing to lose from calling a report "horse ####". Who knows if there was any merit to it or not.
I could see the Jays trading Bautista, but only for a top end pitcher. The Domonic Brown rumour doesn't make a ton of sense.
Good b/c it didn't make sense from the Phillies perspective either. Brown had a comparable year to Bautista. Bautista walked more but other than that, near identical numbers. Brown is under $1 million and team control til 2017. Bautista is making $14 million and a FA after 2016. Bautista is older and seemingly injured more often.So why would the Phillies give up Brown +, for an aging more expensive piece? Straight up swap barely makes sense forget about Brown +.
Ruben Amaro Jr. alias?
RAJ would be in complete agreement with the logic decried by sporthenry.

 
Apparently Anthopolous said today that the Bautista thing is total horse####. Surprising from such vaunted journalist as Eskin.
GMs have everything to gain and nothing to lose from calling a report "horse ####". Who knows if there was any merit to it or not.
I could see the Jays trading Bautista, but only for a top end pitcher. The Domonic Brown rumour doesn't make a ton of sense.
Good b/c it didn't make sense from the Phillies perspective either. Brown had a comparable year to Bautista. Bautista walked more but other than that, near identical numbers. Brown is under $1 million and team control til 2017. Bautista is making $14 million and a FA after 2016. Bautista is older and seemingly injured more often.So why would the Phillies give up Brown +, for an aging more expensive piece? Straight up swap barely makes sense forget about Brown +.
.034 gap in OBP is huge. And there is no sign that Brown is ever closing that gap.
Brown just turned 26Bautista obp for his early years

age 25 - .335

26 - .339

27 - .313

28 - .345

Half of Brown's career pa's came this year. Not sure how you can decide whether there are signs of improvement or not.

And ftr, Brown's ops+ of 123 this year is 25 points better than Bautista posted until he was 29 (and that is over 2,000 pa's which is 2x as much as Brown has had in his career).

Some guys develop later :shrug:
Bautista is a bad comp for anyone. He didn't develop, he transformed his swing. Its something that really never works, except for with him.
yet the only reason Brown is coming off a good year and is worthy of being discussed as a trade piece for Bautista was because.....

...... wait for it......

.....he transformed his swing

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1579161-domonic-brown-a-firsthand-look-at-the-turnaround-from-clearwater
He had a great month of May.

Here's his unadjusted month-by-month 2013 OPS: .681, .991, .884, .765, .772, .670. In his defense, he was hurt in September. Nothing he's done before or since suggests he capable of sustaining the power he displayed between May 1 and June 8.

In spite of that, I think the Phillies would be crazy to deal him. Their roster is still top heavy from a salary perspective. They need cheap assets like Brown even if he performs near replacement level for a corner OF.
There is no doubt about that, but the scuttlebutt on talk radio (FWIW) is that the Phillies are acutely aware of the first part of your post and feel like the best move is to try to maximize Brown's current value by trading him.

 
Apparently Anthopolous said today that the Bautista thing is total horse####. Surprising from such vaunted journalist as Eskin.
GMs have everything to gain and nothing to lose from calling a report "horse ####". Who knows if there was any merit to it or not.
I could see the Jays trading Bautista, but only for a top end pitcher. The Domonic Brown rumour doesn't make a ton of sense.
Good b/c it didn't make sense from the Phillies perspective either. Brown had a comparable year to Bautista. Bautista walked more but other than that, near identical numbers. Brown is under $1 million and team control til 2017. Bautista is making $14 million and a FA after 2016. Bautista is older and seemingly injured more often.So why would the Phillies give up Brown +, for an aging more expensive piece? Straight up swap barely makes sense forget about Brown +.
.034 gap in OBP is huge. And there is no sign that Brown is ever closing that gap.
Brown just turned 26Bautista obp for his early years

age 25 - .335

26 - .339

27 - .313

28 - .345

Half of Brown's career pa's came this year. Not sure how you can decide whether there are signs of improvement or not.

And ftr, Brown's ops+ of 123 this year is 25 points better than Bautista posted until he was 29 (and that is over 2,000 pa's which is 2x as much as Brown has had in his career).

Some guys develop later :shrug:
Bautista is a bad comp for anyone. He didn't develop, he transformed his swing. Its something that really never works, except for with him.
yet the only reason Brown is coming off a good year and is worthy of being discussed as a trade piece for Bautista was because.....

...... wait for it......

.....he transformed his swing

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1579161-domonic-brown-a-firsthand-look-at-the-turnaround-from-Clearwater
Everyone makes adjustments. But no one goes from league average power to being the best pull hitter in the game basically overnight, except for Bautista.

 
This may or may not be significant but Brown is near the bottom of average HR distance among players who hit 18 or more HRs in 2013. The guys near the top of the list are mostly the ones you'd expect, the elite power hitters who consistently are among the league leaders (with some variance for contact rates). I'd be curious if the opposite is true, i.e. the guys near the bottom have more fluky HRs and less likelihood to repeat their power output.

 
Absurd, isn't it? I thought Cobb's 9 HRs at the break were impressive. Babe almost quadrupled that.
The NYY first-baseman looks very strong and healthy. Even if he misses one game, that's no big deal. He will be right back in the lineup the next day.
If not, I have a feeling he'll become a verb.
The AL won 6-0 but they were using Joe Jackson, Hap Felsch and Buck Weaver.

 
The Phillies' FO is playing some sort of elaborate prank, right?
Amaro is going to hoard every free agent except for Brendan Ryan.
And Punto!

You can just see Amaro thinking "Let's do what Boston did last year, 2-3 year contracts for proven veterans instead of mega-contracts, and then BOOM, World Series."

Other than not being able to hit righties, frame pitches, throw out baserunners, or be younger, he looks pretty good. :shrug:

 
I guess it sort of makes sense for the Phillies to try and extend the window of their current team. The only problem is they lost 89 games with that team last year.

 
Eephus said:
I guess it sort of makes sense for the Phillies to try and extend the window of their current team. The only problem is they lost 89 games with that team last year.
Phillies are about to negotiate a new TV deal. Probably driving this offseason as much as anything.

 
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From mlbtraderumors:

Former Marlins infielder Chris Valaika recently signed with the Cubs, and it's no surprise that he would leave Miami behind, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald writes. In August, the Marlins were about to promote Valaika from Triple-A New Orleans, but Valaika was among the players who had complained about harrassment by former hitting coach Tino Martinez. So Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria refused to allow the team to promote Valaika. Loria also blocked the promotion of second baseman Derek Dietrich. Spencer points to an innocuous-sounding comment from Valaika's agent Joel Wolfe following Valaika's signing with the Cubs (via FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal on Twitter): "Chris is very excited to be with a first-class organization." That seemingly mild statement might be a shot at the Marlins, Spencer suggests.

 
Giants are supposedly (supposably?) the front runner for Tim Hudson's services. 2/$23M.

Maybe Sabean has discovered that short deals at a higher AAV are the new market inefficiency :shrug:

 
Looks like Hudson is official.

SF's infield is not bad defensively, but strikeout/flyball pitchers seem to be a much better fit for that park than groundball/contact-y guys. Fatsolo would've been a good fit at a year less, probably.

Possibly one less suitor for Haren though. :whistle:

 
LaTroy Hawkins signs a one year deal with Colorado for $2.5M. He'll go into camp as the closer for some reason.

 
Eephus said:
LaTroy Hawkins signs a one year deal with Colorado for $2.5M. He'll go into camp as the closer for some reason.
His ratios were actually pretty good last year, it's not a horrible deal. It seems funny that he's being signed as "The Closer", but, that's a somewhat meaningless designation I guess.

A's apparently finished second for Hudson. Josh Johnson also wants to pitch out West.

 
Eephus said:
LaTroy Hawkins signs a one year deal with Colorado for $2.5M. He'll go into camp as the closer for some reason.
His ratios were actually pretty good last year, it's not a horrible deal. It seems funny that he's being signed as "The Closer", but, that's a somewhat meaningless designation I guess.

A's apparently finished second for Hudson. Josh Johnson also wants to pitch out West.
He had a career best SO/BB ratio at the age of 40

 
Eephus said:
LaTroy Hawkins signs a one year deal with Colorado for $2.5M. He'll go into camp as the closer for some reason.
I think it's mainly just a label to keep the expectations and pressure lower on Rex Brothers. I'd still expect him (Brothers) to end up with the majority of the save opportunities next year.

 
Eephus said:
LaTroy Hawkins signs a one year deal with Colorado for $2.5M. He'll go into camp as the closer for some reason.
His ratios were actually pretty good last year, it's not a horrible deal. It seems funny that he's being signed as "The Closer", but, that's a somewhat meaningless designation I guess.

A's apparently finished second for Hudson. Josh Johnson also wants to pitch out West.
He had a career best SO/BB ratio at the age of 40
Seems like he emphasized strike 1 a lot this year (68%), and his FB velocity hasn't declined much in the past years. He also got a lot of "O-swings" (35%).

I'm not saying he's even an average MLB closer, but he's a decent bargain for one year.

 
The Padres who seem to have more disabled pitchers than just about anybody signed Josh Johnson 1/$8M with incentives for >26 starts.

It seems like a decent punt to me. Johnson had very good K/9 numbers and probably won't have a .356 BABIP again. The HR ball killed him last year but Petco will help. If his arm falls off, they're not on the hook beyond 2014.

 

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