(GAME DATE — Nov. 30, 2020) — The free agent class of 2021 — those FA’s who when signed will be available to play in the 2021 season — represents some interesting opportunities, but teams must be willing to spend big to get the best players.
One notable name is future Hall of Famer Danny Sanchez, a five-time batting champ and two-time MVP, who at age 33 is back on the free agent market following a seven year stint with Norfolk, which was recently folded. Continue reading “FA Class of 2021: Peaks and Valleys of Talent”
(GAME DATE — Sep. 12, 2020) — The season rapidly approaches its final games, and for some GMs that may mean keeping at least one eye on the pending free agency list. There are 64 players eligible for free agency at the moment, and at least a dozen could sign for high-dollar amounts either as extensions, or with news teams this fall.
Currently, Danny Sanchez and Adam Price are the two highest paid players in their final contract year. Sanchez, the Norfolk Sharks shortstop, will earn $21 million this year, and the “Golden Boy” is having another fantastic year which will be sure to keep his next contract in that territory. Continue reading “Money Talks: How Much Will Land the 2020 Free Agent Whales?”
(GAME DATE — Jan. 1, 2020) — The Ohio Oxen have loosened their purse strings in an attempt to bolster their pitching staff, spending big to re-sign the team’s first 20-game winner, Rusty Rowe, and landing former Milwaukee Hops right-hander Ricardo Perez.
The addition of free agent Max Maher who signed a 2-year deal will also bolster the bullpen, providing an efficient lefty reliever who had an ERA of 2.60 out of the bullpen for Chicago last season.
(GAME DATE – Nov. 30, 2019) — The Montreal Metros have signed two relief arms to bolster their bullpen, which ended the 2019 season with the 2nd worst ERA in the Lake League.
A nearly $40 million, 4-year deal was handed to Chris “Cornell” Soundgarden, a 35-year-old right handed middle reliever, who has played for Chicoutimi, Nevada, Hamilton, Arizona, and most recently, Ohio. Over 13 seasons, he is 38-42, with 61 saves, a 3.71 ERA, 544 strikeouts over 587.0 innings, and a career 1.29 WHIP. Continue reading “Metros Make 2 Big Signings”
(Game date: Jan. 19, 2019) — After a largely lackluster 2017-2018 off-season in terms of free agent signings, things have livened up as big contracts have flown around for the 2018-2019 edition as teams position themselves as potential playoff contenders for the 2019 season.
The last of the compensation-eligible free agents, Gula Kareem, Ricky Jalapeno, and William Febres, all signed shortly before Christmas. A flurry of bullpen arms have since been signed, including future Hall of Famer Angelo Rodriguez who will enter his 20th season in the Bull League as the all-time leader in wins, games started and completed, innings pitched, and strikeouts.Continue reading “Big Dollars Fly in Free Agent Signing Frenzy”