Type A Free Agent Starting Pitchers
Type A Free Agents
John Lackey, Angels – 11-8, 2.83….Lackey has started only 51 games in the last two seasons which could make general managers think twice before signing him. He is 42-22 over his last three seasons so he might be worth taking a chance on for a team needing starting pitchers.
Randy Wolf, Dodgers – 11-7, 3.23….Wolf has been healthy the last two seasons making 67 starts after making only 30 starts combined over the 2006 and 2007 seasons.
The stat that stands out for Wolf last season was his 178 hits allowed in 214 innings a plus 36 of innings pitched over hits allowed. Opponents only hit .227 against Wolf so there should be some interest in him if the Dodgers don’t re-sign him.
Summary: It is amazing that only two pitchers out of 32 free agent pitchers qualified to be Type A free agents. It will be interesting to see how many more starting pitchers are on the list after the deadline for non-tendering players.
Hot Stove News
Ken Griffey Jr. will be returning to the Seattle Mariners for the 2010 season after Griffey and the Mariners agreed on a contract for an undisclosed amount.
Griffey hit .214 the lowest average of his major league career in 2009 and his .324 OBP was the second lowest of his career. His .411 slugging percentage was also the lowest of his career.
He did hit 19 homers and drive in 57 runs in 117 games which is good for that few games. Griffey hit three homers and drove in seven runs in the last five games of the season.
NL Glove Winners
Orlando Hudson won his fourth Gold Glove of his career in his 2009 season with the Dodgers. The Dodgers, Phillies and Cardinals each had two players on the team.
Ryan Zimmerman, Michael Bourn, Matt Kemp and Adam Wainwright won their first Gold Glove awards.
Jason Varitek has used his $3 million option to return to the Red Sox in 2010. He hit .220 and .209 in the 2008 and 2009 seasons. He threw out 16 runners in 72 basestealing attempts in 2008 and had an even worse season in 2009 when he threw out 16 runners in 124 attempts.
Jim Riggleman has been named the manager of the Washington Nationals for the 2010 season. The team was 33-42 after he took over as interim manager in the 2009 season.
Manny Acta had a 26-61 record for a .299 winning percentage when he was fired and Riggleman was 33-42 for a .440 winning percentage.