Best Free Agent Signing? (Position Player)
Posted by Kris N. on September 20, 2010
If you asked this question mid June, any answer other than “Troy Glaus” would be gooselike (evidently, that’s a word). Since then, he’s been lousy, injured, demoted, and benched. So I don’t think that’s the answer anymore. Pine Tar and Pocket Protectors asked if Jim Thome was the best free agent signing and made a compelling argument as to why he was; it’s a very good read. So, I want to answer the question here and now.
In my mind, and I’m sure the majority of others, the definition of the best free agent signing is getting the most performance, but paying less for it. That’s what America’s approach to proper consuming is, right? More bang for your buck? Right.
So, here are the free agents that I’ll be “testing:”
Quick! Take your guess!
Alright, the formula is going to be simple: “Dollars” (A WAR conversion to money) – 2010 Salary. Awesome, a simple subtraction problem (as if the data collection didn’t take hours). Have that guess? Because here are the results:
Adrian Beltre and Aubrey Huff. There you go.
This also just goes to show how right Peter Hjort was, which pisses me off. Not that he was right, of course, just that the Braves gave up on Kelly Johnson for nothing, literally, and he’s making them pay. A season like Johnson’s is hard to predict, nevertheless, they non-tendered a very talented player. Moving on…
Marlon Byrd was a signing that I hated when it happened, and I even made fun of Jim Hendry for it. Well, I’m looking pretty stupid now huh? It’s the shame the Chicago Cubs are the Chicago Cubs or less he could be talked about more. Props Hendry! You finally got one right.
Jim Thome is fifth on the list, and the fact that the White Sox’s didn’t offer a contract to him makes me feel better about the Kelly Johnson situation. So the Twins up went and gobbled him, and it’s all Ozzie Gullien’s fault. He told Williams that he wouldn’t give Thome any at bats if he signed him. Now that Thome had proven himself in the middle of the season, Ozzie will surely admit that he has wrong, right? Nope, in fact HE STILL THINKS IT’S THE RIGHT DECISION. Please, Ozzie, leave baseball alone.
The Matt Holiday and Placido Polanco signings didn’t turn out as terrible as some thought.
The winner will certainly come down to Adrian Beltre or Aubrey Huff in the final 12 games. But I fell comfortable enough to present Theo Epstein this award for “Best Free Agent Signing!”
Print it out, cut along the line, hang on fridge.
The pitchers version will be posted sometime after the Braves – Phillies series. Til next time, Go Braves!