Do-it-yourself Free Agent Mulling

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Dave Cameron announced the arrival of the 2012  free agent list today on Fangraphs. This gives human beings with access to the internet the ability to compare players in the free agent pool, possibly within certain positions, and for any stat he or she wants.

Here, for instance, are all outfielders sorted by defensive range according to UZR over the last three seasons. You know, if range is what one is into in an M’s outfield signing.

Using the filters, here are the free agent first baseman with OBPs higher than .350. Coming off a down year, perhaps the Greek God of Walks could be had on the cheap?

And here I selected custom stats that might interest you—ERA, flyball rates and walk rates over the last three seasons—and I sorted the free agent starters by lowest walk rates.  Jeff Francis should be on any Mariners fan’s radar, if, that is, he or she is into another starter, and he or she doesn’t want to give up his or her firstborn in return.

Play around with the stats and share below what revs your engine…in terms of free agent signings, please.

Topics: Fangraphs, Free Agent Market, Jeff Francis, Kevin Youkilis, Seattle Mariners

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  • BM

    trade for Justin Morneau.

    • maqman

      He’s not worth his paycheck, let alone any talent surrendered to get him.

      • Matthias_Kullowatz

        If everyone realizes that he’s not likely to be worth $14M, then maybe the twins would add some cash to the deal? But I don’t like his contract nor giving up much talent for him.

  • Blackie

    I like exploring Cody Ross, Angel Pagan and Michael Bourn. I am with BM on trading for Morneau. Call me crazy, but I would take a look a Grady Sizemore for cheap. He is still relatively young-30 and might have a year or two left.

  • JJ Allen Keller

    Morneau is scary because of his contract. The fact that it is short makes me not want to give up much, but I also dont know if i want a guaranteed re-up. If we re-sign him right away, he may end up getting hurt again. Plus, he is 31. If he played well I would want him back, but again, who knows if he would come back. Not worth the risk IMO.
    I want Swisher, Ross or trade for Butler. Preferably Butler.

    • Matthias_Kullowatz

      I know how you feel about Butler!