Shopping for FA bargains for Red Sox

PLAYS ALL POSITIONS, BUT CATCHER, SS, CF….279/.360/.545… KILLS LHPS

unknown_hatPRICE TAG:  1 year, $2.5 million, OR 2 YEARS $5 million.

His playing time was minimal throughout the season, but he made the most of his time on the field, hitting .279/.360/.545 with eight doubles and 11 home runs in 154 at-bats.

He wears out left-handed pitching, hitting .314/.407/.667 with 10 of his 11 home runs in 105 at-bats against LHPs in 2013.  Could play 3b, LF, RF, 1b.

2013 Stats

G

BA/OBP/SLG

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

R

SB

fWAR

rWAR

74 .279/.360/.545 43  8  0 11  21 21  1   0.4   0.7

JEFF BAKER

 

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SPEEDSTER, PLAYS ALL THREE OF POSITIONS…STOLEN BASE ACE…

PRICE TAG:  1 year, $2.5 million, OR 2 YEARS $5 million.

Since the start of 2009, the first season he got more than 300 at-bats, he has stolen 216 bases–second only to Michael Bourn [239], who did it with 1,000 more plate appearances. As far as the speed goes, no free agent is a bigger asset.

Although only a .268/.316/.377 career hitter, he has averaged 403 at-bats per season over the past five years.

If Ellsbury leaves, he would be a dynamic speed threat atop the order.

Leadoff hitter, PH, Pinch-runner, 4th OF, can play all fields.

2013 Stats

G

BA/OBP/SLG

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

R

SB

fWAR

rWAR

108 .260/.312/.375 86 16  2  6  24 49 45   1.2   1.8

RAJAI DAVIS

 

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Strikes out 37% ABs…BA .225…20-30 HRs? Dave Kingman clone…ONLY 1B

PRICE TAG:  1 year, $6 million, OR 2 YEARS $12 million.

He whiffed 1,276 times in 3,418 career at-bats, or just over 37 percent of the time, but he also provides some of the best raw power in baseball—projects 20-30 HRs.

He hit .301/.368/.651 with eight home runs and 22 RBI over the first month of the season, but just .187/.287/.282 over his next 252 at-bats through the beginning of August before being released on Aug. 12.

2013 Stats

G

BA/OBP/SLG

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

R

SB

fWAR

rWAR

135 .220/.306/.393 98 14  0 21  67 55  3   0.4  -0.3

Like Ortiz, plays only 1b and DH.

MARK REYNOLDS

 

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PROVEN SET-UP MAN IN AL; POTENTIAL CLOSER…DL BOUNCE BACK BARGAIN

PRICE TAG:  1 year, $3.5 million, OR 2 YEARS $7 million.

One of the best setup relievers in baseball over his 10-year career, he has a 3.05 ERA and 1.231 WHIP in 532 career appearances.

The 32-year-old was in the middle of the best season of his career in 2013 with a 0.74 ERA and 11.3 K/9 over 38 appearances to earn a spot on the AL All-Star team, when a shoulder injury put him on the DL June 29.  Recovered.  440/206 K/W ratio, 3.05 ERA.

10 Yrs

45

30

.600

3.05

532

0

116

0

0

4

532.0

449

205

180

44

206

27

440

18

3

14

2221

143

1.231

7.6

0.7

3.5

7.4

2.14

162 Game Avg.

6

4

.600

3.05

68

0

15

0

0

1

68

57

26

23

6

26

3

56

2

0

2

284

143

1.231

7.6

0.7

3.5

7.4

2.14

MIN (7 yrs)

33

21

.611

3.42

376

0

94

0

0

3

382.0

339

165

145

32

141

20

264

16

2

10

1607

128

1.257

8.0

0.8

3.3

6.2

1.87

CHW (3 yrs)

12

9

.571

2.10

156

0

22

0

0

1

150.0

110

40

35

12

65

7

176

2

1

4

614

206

1.167

6.6

0.7

3.9

10.6

2.71

Potential closer, but reliable set-up man.

JESSE CRAIN

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