Re: A Realistic Look at 2012: Part III
posted at 8/13/2012 5:11 PM EDT
I've mentioned how "overpaying" a free agent saves money on developing a player through your system and how it usually takes paying to develop many many preospects to get one tha contributes. It's not about just looking at the cost of the FA. Also, when you compare a FA signing and compare him to non-free agent contracts, it is a bit misleading. Many "team friendly" contracts were signed by players before they reached arb or during the early arb years, when "free market" prices just don't apply.
Here's a list of FS starters this winter (Age at start of 2013):
A Sanchez (29)
C Lewis (33)
J Sanchez (30)
Zambrano (31) (Player vesting option is void)
Pitchers in Red will likely be Free Agents due to high option cost...
Peavy (31) $22M club w $4M buyout
Dickey $5M club w $300K buyout
Shields $9M club w $1.5M buyout, then 2014: $12M club w $1M buyout
Floyd $9.5M club no buyout
E Santana (29) $13M club w $1M buyout (May be kept by LAA)
Hudson $9M club w $1M buyout
Haren (32) $15.5M club w $3.5M buyout (May be kept by LAA)
Westbrook $8.5M mutual w $1M buyout of club declines
R. Hernandez (32) $9M club & 2014 $12M club
Baker $9.25 (31) M club
de la Rosa $11M PLAYER OPTION w $M buyout, if taken club 2014 option.
While Peavy, Lewis, Lohse, Marcum, and Haren offer hopes of a nice return, their ages and/or injury histories are troublesome. The plus to these guys 9except for Peavy and marcum at age 31 is that the others might be had at short term deals.
Probably the best available FA pitchers for the Sox are: