Today I’m finishing up my series of reviews of this offseason’s free agent class, talking about the relief pitchers of the class.
|Left Handed Relievers|
|Mike Gonzalez||ATL||BAL||2||$12 M|
|Billy Wagner||BOS||ATL||1||$7 M|
|John Grabow||CHC||CHC||2||$7.5 M|
|Darren Oliver||LAA||TEX||1||$3.5 M|
Notable Remaining Free Agents: None
This group of lefty relievers did well, as both Gonzalez and Wagner received high dollar contracts that I, for one, did not really see them getting out of the teams that they did. Gonzalez seems like he was a good signing for the Orioles, as he can help to stabilize the bullpen for the very young rotation they have. Wagner was a bit of an unusual signing, as he was a type-A free agent. The Braves could have kept either Gonzalez or Rafael Soriano without having to give up the draft picks, but felt that Wagner was a better fit instead. That said, there is a certain swagger that Wagner can bring to the club that I don’t think either Gonzalez or Soriano would provide.
|Right Handed Relievers|
|Jose Valverde||HOU||DET||2||$14 M|
|Fernando Rodney||DET||LAA||2||$11 M|
|Rafael Soriano||ATL||ATL/TAM||1||$7.25 M|
|Kevin Gregg||CHC||TOR||1||$2.75 M|
|Takashi Saito||BOS||ATL||1||$3.2 M|
|J.J. Putz||NYM||CHW||1||$3 M|
|Octavio Dotel||CHW||PIT||1||$3.5 M|
|Rafael Betancourt||COL||COL||2||$7.55 M|
|Matt Capps||PIT||WAS||1||$3.5 M|
|Kelvim Escobar||LAA||NYM||1||$1.25 M|
|LaTroy Hawkins||HOU||MIL||2||$7.5 M|
|Brandon Lyon||DET||HOU||3||$15 M|
Notable Remaining Free Agents: Kiko Calero (FLA)
Lots of closers in this group. The Rodney signing was interesting to me, as it signals either one of two things: Rodney isn’t that concerned about being a closer, as he could probably have gotten a job as one with a number of teams, and 2)the Angels have very little faith as Brian Fuentes as the closer. Either way, definitely something to be watched. Washington, Houston, Detroit, and possibly Pittsburgh all got closers off of the free agent pool this year. The other interesting trend was the musical chairs game played by some of the teams, with Valverde and Lyon essentially trading spots, and deciding that the player they don’t know is going to be better than the player they do.
This weekend’s posts: Fantasy Previews of 1B and 2B