Saturday, October 14, 2006

Free Agent Analysis Part 1

This is part one of a series where I will examine the free agents and name the top players the Rangers should go after. This week, I will examine the few agent starting pitchers.

Grade A starting pitchers:
Barry Zito
Roger Clemens
Mike Mussina
Jason Schmidt

Grade B starting pitchers:
Mark Buerhle
Ted Lilly
Jamie Moyer
Mark Mulder
Andy Pettitte
Greg Maddux
Vicente Padilla
Kerry Wood
Gil Meche
Jeff Suppan

Grade C starting pitchers:
Jaret Wright
Randy Wolf
Tony Armas Jr.
Adam Eaton
Orlando Hernandez (El Duque)
Byung-Hyun Kim
Steve Trachsel
Tim Wakefield
John Wasdin
Woody Williams
Jamey WrightJason Marquis

Grade D starting pitchers:
Bruce Chen
Shawn Estes
Mark Redman
David Wells
Pedro Astacio
Miguel Batista
Rick Helling
Jason Johnson
Joe Mays
Brian Moehler
Tomo Ohka
Ramon Ortiz
Chan Ho Park
Sidney Ponson
Aaron Sele
John Thompson
Jeff Weaver
Kip Wells
Paul Wilson

Grade F starting pitchers:
Scott Erickson
Jose Lima

Top 10 starting pitchers that the Rangers should go after:

Jason Schmidt: Jason is a former Spring Training teammate of Kevin Millwood and that might help bring him here.

Andy Pettitte: Andy can still pitch well.

Vicente Padilla: Players always have a good chance of staying with the same team.

Jamie Moyer: He’s a veteran, but he can still pitch well.

Jeff Suppan: He pitches well in clutch situations.

Ted Lilly: He is a lefty that can pitch well.

Gil Meche: He’s an underachieving pitcher that could reach his potential soon.

Jaret Wright: He’ll go to the highest bidder.

Tony Armas Jr.: Not very many teams will want him because he had a bad ERA last year. But I think it was just an off year for him.

Steve Trachsel: His ERA is usually in the mid-4.00’s.

Come back next week for either an interview with Rangers reliever Scott Feldman or part 2 of this series.


Ken Pittman said...

Good analysis, Grant. I hope we can land at least one or two off of your A or B lists. But I honestly hope we keep developing our young pitchers because I think we are much more likely to get a true ace from our minor system than from free agency.


grantlovesbaseball said...

Hi Ken - I understand your thinking but I think it will be a while before any of our minor league pitchers can become an ace. By then they might be with another baseball team.