So after a discussion on twitter the other night, which started out with Colin O’Keefe of Proball NW asking a legtimate question on Twitter: “What was the last free-agent signing that worked out?”, I started doing some digging on Baseball-Reference. This was supposed to be one of those interesting exercises that makes you go “Oh, I remember that” or “Good times”… let me tell you I uttered none of those things doing this process.
This was an extremely depressing endevor and I’ll just give a little warning here: this isn’t for the faint of heart. I knew there was certainly going to be some bad memories but I thought that it of course would be mixed in with some good ones. Not so.
I tried to include free-agents of some type of notirity. I left off guys such as Arthur Rhodes and Mark McLemore as they weren’t paid much and weren’t hearld much in terms of fan base excitement.
Miguel Olivo – fWAR 0.9 vs $spent $2.5 mil (so far)
Chone Figgins – fWAR -0.1 vs $spent $17 mil (so far)
Russell Branyan* – fWAR 2.7 vs $spent $1.4 mil
Carlos Silva- fWAR 1.3 vs $spent $20.5 mil
Miguel Batista- fWAR 1.2 vs $spent $15.5 mil
Jeff Weaver- fWAR 1.0 vs $spent $8.3 mil
Jarrod Washburn – fWAR 7.7 vs $spent $37 mil
Adrian Beltre – fWAR 16.6 vs $spent $ 64 mil
Richie Sexson – fWAR 5.1 vs $spent $ 50 mil
Raul Ibanez- fWAR 12.7 vs $spent $ 19.6 mil
Eddie Guardado – fWAR 0.3 vs $spent $ 16.25 mil
Scott Spiezio – fWAR -0.8 vs $spent $ 5.6 mil
Ruben Sierra – fWAR 0.7 vs $spent $ 1.9 mil
James Baldwin – fWAR 0.4 vs $spent $ 1.2 mil
Brett Boone – fWAR 20.1 vs $spent $ 36.2 mil
Aaron Sele – fWAR 7.6 vs $spent $ 14.5 mil
John Olerud – fWAR 16.1 vs $spent $ 35.5 mil
Obviously, Boone, Olerud and Beltre all stand out as the “good” (as well as few) free-agent investments
Topics: Aaron Sele, Adrian Beltre, Brett Boone, Carlos Silva, Chone Figgins, Eddie Guardado, James Baldwin, Jarrod Washburn, Jeff Weaver, John Olerud, Miguel Batista, Miguel Olivo, Raul Ibanez, Richie Sexson, Ruben Sierra, Russell Branyan, Scott Spiezio