Another free agent domino fell earlier today as outfielder Shin-Soo Choo signed a seven-year, $130 million deal with the Rangers. With Choo gone, Nelson Cruz is the last remaining elite free agent hitter left on the board while Stephen Drew, Matt Garza, and Bronson Arroyo are some of the top remaining players beyond Cruz.
With lots of talent accounted for, let’s have some fun with free agent numbers as of right now, December 21 at 6 PM. All data originally taken from MLB Trade Rumors and played around with in Excel.
Highest-Spending Teams (percentage of total spending in parentheses):
New York Yankees: $328,000,000 (18%)
Seattle Mariners: $261,800,000 (14%)
San Francisco Giants: $172,000,000 (9%)
Lowest-Spending Teams (percentage of total spending in parentheses):
Milwaukee Brewers: $1,950,000 (1%)
Atlanta Braves: $4,000,000 (2%)
Baltimore Orioles: $4,500,000 (2.5%)
Divisions ranked by spending (rank among 6 divisions in parentheses):
AL East: $463,750,000 (2)
AL Central: $290,750,000 (4)
AL West: $487,850,000 (1)
NL East: $182,475,000 (5)
NL Central: $97,900,000 (6)
NL West: $305,250,000 (3)
Spending by league:
American League: $1,242,350,000 (68%)
National League: $585,625,000 (32%)
Most players signed by a team:
New York Yankees: 9
Chicago White Sox: 6
San Francisco Giants: 6
Tampa Bay Rays: 6
Fewest players signed by a team:
Atlanta Braves: 1
Milwaukee Brewers: 1
Cleveland Indians: 1
Washington Nationals: 1
Baltimore Orioles: 1
Divisions ranked by most players signed (rank among 6 divisions in parentheses):
AL East: 23 (1)
AL Central: 18 (2)
AL West: 16 (4)
NL East: 13 (5)
NL Central: 11 (6)
NL West: 17 (3)
Total players signed by league:
American League: 57 (58%)
National League: 41 (42%)
Robinson Cano, Seattle Mariners: 10 years
Jacoby Ellsbury, New York Yankees: 7 years
Shin-Soo Choo, Texas Rangers: 7 years
Percentage of multi-year deals by length:
10 years: 1 (1%)
7 years: 2 (2%)
6 years: 1 (1%)
5 years: 2 (2%)
4 years: 6 (6%)
3 years: 9 (9%)
2 years: 28 (29%)
1 year: 49 (50%)
Most multi-year deals given by team:
New York Yankees: 5
San Francisco Giants: 4
Tampa Bay Rays: 3
Cincinnati Reds: 3
Minnesota Twins: 3
Total amount earned by position on multi-year deals:
Starting Pitcher: $333,000,000 (19.5%)
Relief Pitcher: $154,625,000 (9%)
Catcher: $164,250,000 (9.5%)
Infield: $523,300,000 (30.5%)
Outfield: $576,200,000 (31.5%)
Multi-year deals earned by position:
Starting Pitcher: 9 (18%)
Relief Pitcher: 10 (20%)
Catcher: 6 (12%)
Infield: 13 (26.5%)
Outfield: 11 (22.5%)
If you notice any errors or omissions, let me know in the comments and I’ll make the necessary edits.
It was just over 22 years ago that “Regulate” was released. Amazing track. One of the best. At least according to me and all of the other 40-something white dudes who liked to act cooler than we really were in the 90s, which is all of us.
A lot has happened since then. Nate Dogg died (RIP). Other major figures of west coast hip hop turned into moguls or family friendly movie stars. Everyone’s older. But part of me wonders if any of them are still on the cutting edge in some way or another, either as performers or artists or just as a matter of their own personal stance. Sometimes I wonder if any of them, like so many other artists who came before them, can have a career renaissance in their 40s and 50s.
Maybe. But not Warren G. Man, seriously not Warren G.
I’m on record as not being a big fan of the Diamondbacks’ many, many new uniforms. Not my cup of tea in either color or style, to be honest. I’ve even tweeted some negative things about them.
Thankfully, however, the Dbacks social media folks either didn’t see my tweets or didn’t take too much issue with them. They did with many other people’s, however, including some baseball writers I know. And then they read them and riffed on ’em.
CHICAGO (AP) An MRI has confirmed that Kris Bryant of the Chicago Cubs has a minor right ankle sprain.
The 2015 NL Rookie of the Year wasn’t in the lineup Friday against the Atlanta Braves, but manager Joe Maddon said he might be available off the bench late in the game.
Bryant was injured running the bases in the third inning Thursday of Chicago’s 7-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. He was replaced in left field two innings later.
The Cubs avoided putting another starter on the disabled list. Catcher Miguel Montero was placed on the 15-day DL on Thursday with a sore back. Chicago lost slugger Kyle Schwarber for the season when he tore two knee ligaments three weeks ago in Arizona.
Jared Goff, the University of California Quarterback, was selected by the Los Angeles Rams as the first overall pick of last night’s draft. Not a bad thing to happen, to the man. He’s going to be rich! He’s going to be even more famous! He’s going to be the face of the NFL’s move back into the nation’s second largest city!
The only problem is that he’s not always been a fan of all things Los Angeles. For example, three years ago he took issue with Yasiel Puig for reasons that I’m guessing everyone has forgotten:
I really hope Yasiel Puig gets a fastball in his ribs tomorrow