Mariners And The Ghost Of Free Agents Past

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.

2011:

Miguel Olivo – fWAR 0.9  vs $spent $2.5 mil (so far)

2010:

Chone Figgins – fWAR -0.1 vs $spent $17 mil (so far)

2009:

Russell Branyan* – fWAR 2.7  vs $spent $1.4 mil
2008:

Carlos Silva- fWAR 1.3  vs $spent $20.5 mil
2007:

Miguel Batista- fWAR 1.2 vs $spent $15.5 mil

Jeff Weaver- fWAR 1.0  vs $spent $8.3 mil

2006:

Jarrod Washburn – fWAR 7.7  vs $spent $37 mil

2005:

Adrian Beltre – fWAR 16.6  vs $spent $ 64 mil

Richie Sexson – fWAR 5.1  vs $spent $ 50 mil
2004:

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

2003:

N/A

2002:

Ruben Sierra – fWAR 0.7  vs $spent $ 1.9 mil

James Baldwin – fWAR 0.4  vs $spent $ 1.2 mil
2001:

Brett Boone – fWAR 20.1  vs $spent $ 36.2 mil

2000:

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

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  • hiro55cool

    Branyan worked out, while Sexson did for the first 2 seasons. I don’t think any of us would complain about a .264/.338/.504 line with 34 home runs in his second year (which was a decline from his first) right now. It’s just too bad he aged/declined like Figgins – instantly and unpredictably given his age and past performance.

  • hiro55cool

    Branyan worked out, while Sexson did for the first 2 seasons. I don’t think any of us would complain about a .264/.338/.504 line with 34 home runs in his second year (which was a decline from his first) right now. It’s just too bad he aged/declined like Figgins – instantly and unpredictably given his age and past performance.