Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Top Free Agents

Free agency has begun and franchises might be looking to add the talent needed to put them over the top in season 26.  There are five free agents who stand out among this seasons crop as potential difference makers.

Howard Schneider
Age: 33B/T: R/R
Born: Steeleville, IL
Position(s): P (SP1)
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SP Howard Schneider
During an amazing NINTH straight Cy Young award winning season last year Howard went 24-6, a 2.81 ERA and 1.08 WHIP.  Also striking out 222 batters in 259 IP.  Schneider has been consistently great no doubt.  Could he lead your team to a ring while grabbing his third?

Cesar James
Age: 27B/T: L/L
Born: Hampstead, NC
Position(s): P (P)
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SP Caesar James
One of the youngest top flight SP Free Agents, James went little used last season. An aggregate Stat Line of 33 W-34 L, 1.58 WHIP, 5.40 ERA may scare some owners off, but the ratings say different. A great fit for the right franchise.

Santiago Castro
Age: 34B/T: R/R
Born: Nizao de Bani, DO
Position(s): DH/1B
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1B/DH Santiago Castro
While not nearly as decorated a free agent, Castro's bat would be a force in almost any ones lineup.  Santiago posted averages of .296/.384/.503 while compiling 31 HR, 118 RBI and 102 RS last year.  Already owning 2 rings himself, will he claim a third while wearing your cap? 

Mac Yacko
Age: 34B/T: R/R
Born: San Juan, PR
Position(s): 2B/IF/OF/DH
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CIF/COF Mac Yacko
5 time All Star, Former MVP, RF Gold Glove, 3 time CF Silver Slugger. Mac Yacko may be getting up in age and only able to spot start in CF these days, but he can certainly still rake and would be a perfect fit at 3B for any franchise with the need. Had a "down season" last year, but was still among the league leaders at his position.

Sal Fonda
Age: 31B/T: R/R
Born: De Forest, WI
Position(s): 2B/3B/LF
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CIF/COF Sal Fonda
The consummate lead off man, with a career OBP of .393, Sal Fonda at only 31 is one of the younger top flight position Free Agents. Can spot start at 2B, can probably be a passable 3B, likely ++ defender at a COF spot, LF especially. If you have power in the middle of your lineup, there's not a better table setter to be signed this offseason.

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