Archive | November 2014

Butler, Ramirez, Sandoval, And The New Age Of Free Agency

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The other day the Oakland Athletics inked Billy Butler to a 3 year, $30 million contract. There was a lot of handwringing on the internet afterwards that the A’s guaranteed so much money and so many years to a guy who doesn’t (or at least shouldn’t) play in the field and who simply wasn’t all that good in 2014.

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Justin Masterson: From Sexy To Barely Ruggedly Handsome

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The Ruggedly Handsome (multiple teams will be targeting) player is defined as a player that doesn’t have a qualifying offer attached to them, is more than likely going to sign a 1-2 year deal ranging anywhere from $7MM for a 1-year deal to over $20MM for a two year deal.

 The Sexy player (top-tier free agent) is a free agent that will command a multi-year deal and may cost a draft pick. These players are considered franchise changers or the last piece of the puzzle depending on your view of where the Indians stand heading into the winter.

Free agent list: Ruggedly Handsome

Contract Status: Free Agent

Why Cleveland?:

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Indians Offseason Part Two: Setting The Stage For Free Agency And The Trade Market

Part two of a two-part opus setting the stage for the Tribe’s offseason. Part one can be found here.

4) If the Indians do extend ace Corey Kluber, it would further eat into their cash reserves for 2015. A possible Kluber extension and lack of flexibility in 2016 more or less takes the Indians out of the running for a large swath of big-name free agents. We can already knock those likely to receive qualifying offers off the list, and anyone likely to receive a multi-year deal of significant value will be a tough fit. (Let’s all take a moment to thank our lucky stars that we have a front office that doesn’t do things such as give up the 15th overall pick in the draft to sign a 36-year old 1B/DH who struggles to play 100 games a season to a two year deal.)

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