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  1. The Nationals should just sign all of them and make a new team! They would be better than last year….

    Comment by R M — October 31, 2008 @ 4:53 pm

  2. It’ll be interesting to see which teams sign those guys and for how much.

    Comment by Chris Miller — October 31, 2008 @ 5:15 pm

  3. I’m not sure how well Lowe fits onto that list. He is coming off a great year but he is going to turn 36 next season, so he could start to decline any time. If he gets a contract that lines up with the numbers he has been putting up, he could get much more than he ends up being worth to a team, especially when he leaves the pitchers haven he has been in the past couple years.

    Comment by R M — October 31, 2008 @ 5:22 pm

  4. So you’re saying that CC and Tex aren’t going to be bargains?

    In all seriousness though, I’ve never understood your love or Jeff Sullivan’s love for Ben Broussard. The man doesn’t walk much, and he might as well have a hamburger for a hand when it comes to fielding. With all the 1b bargains out there, I’m sure there is one better than Broussard.

    Comment by Lantermanc — October 31, 2008 @ 6:45 pm

  5. Sorry if my last comment seemed a bit harsh. After just now seeing the Mike Jacobs thread, the last thing I want to do is start something about first basemen.

    Comment by Lantermanc — October 31, 2008 @ 6:52 pm

  6. Yeah, that Jacobs thread has gotten way out of hand. It’s as if a ton of meatheads joined the site today. I have never seen any of those guys comment on any other articles before today. Anyway, I don’t see Lowe as a bargain. Not that he won’t be good, it’s just that i feel he is going to get some 3-5 year deal at 15 million per. I think he will live up to his contract but not be a bargain. I think Randy Johnson is going to be the biggest bargain on that list. He’s still a damn good pitcher and is worth at least 13-14 million annually.

    Comment by Isaac — October 31, 2008 @ 8:19 pm

  7. I thought i remembered reading an article on FanGraphs saying Rafael Furcal was someone teams should avoid. I think he’s a really good player but he put huge #s in a very small sample size this year and i think he might get more money than he deserves as a result

    Comment by David Foy — October 31, 2008 @ 11:21 pm

  8. Why is Baldelli considered a bargain? He can’t field a full game because the exhaustion from his mitochondrial disease. He’s essentially a DH and a 5th outfielder, at best. I wish the man the best, though.

    Comment by Sanji — November 1, 2008 @ 12:47 am

  9. Speaking of the Nats, does anyone know of a good sabermetric-centered Nats blog?

    Comment by Drew — November 1, 2008 @ 2:06 am

  10. Dave, did I miss the article on Hudson?

    I think his fielding has declined a bunch. His combined STATS/BIS zone ratings have been mediocre the past couple years (+5 runs last year, -6 runs this year) and Sean has him projected at +3 runs (Utley and Ellis still elite at about +15 runs).

    Call his bat average (slightly above OPS+ wise recently, but there’s aging and NL pitching to consider) and his glove average for a 2B and he’s basically average overall. Sure, that’s worth $10MM these days, but I doubt he signs for less than that.

    Comment by Sky — November 1, 2008 @ 3:12 pm

  11. Hudson’s bat at his position is far from average, that cannot be ignored.

    Comment by snepp — November 1, 2008 @ 3:56 pm

  12. Hudson has had a wOBA around .365 the last three years. He had the 6th highest wOBA of all 2B in 2008. As a GM, I’d be more worried about the contract length because he’s 30. I wouldn’t do more than 2 years, because his defense seems to be falling fast.

    Comment by Ryan — November 1, 2008 @ 3:56 pm

  13. My mistake, Hudson actually ranks 7th in wOBA if you include Fontenot.

    Comment by Ryan — November 1, 2008 @ 4:01 pm

  14. Dave, I’d like to see the dollar/years you think the players will sign (or maybe should sign) for. Esp. in regards to Furcal.

    Comment by Jason — November 1, 2008 @ 6:55 pm

  15. I don’t think all of these guys will be bargains. Lowe is probably going to get 15-16 million per year. He’s already been tied to the Yankees and Red Sox in rumors, so he won’t be cheap.

    Crede, Hudson, and Furcal are the best players on the market at their respective positions. Whether any will be a bargain is a good question.

    Comment by Rally — November 2, 2008 @ 3:47 pm

  16. Yes, a Fontenot reference!

    Lowe does not equal bargain…Furcal and Hudson won’t be either. Crede could be, and it would be even better if the team could put in the opt out clause if he goes on the DL because of his back again.

    Comment by Adam — November 26, 2008 @ 12:33 pm

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