Monday, August 24, 2009
The Projected 2009/2010 Free Agent Class
Since this is based on a reverse engineered free agent Elias rating, the Dodgers' type-A class free agents will be Manny Ramirez (if Ramirez fails to exercise his 2010 option), Orlando Hudson, and Randy Wolf. I would be inclined to re-up Wolf and Hudson, and hope Manny's late slump isn't 'roids-related (as in, their absence).
I think the Angels can field competitive offers for all three. Just take the money we're paying Vlad this season, divide it in three, and add to what each of the above players is currently making.
Figgins' skill set starts with his legs, and those kinds of players don't tend to age well. Lackey will be a premium starting pitcher, injury problems in the last couple years or no, and I doubt that the Angels will be able to outbid the Yankees. That isn't the same thing as saying the Angels shouldn't make a competitive bid, but you don't want to get into a bidding war with the Yanks, especially on starting pitching.
If Wolf is re-signed, it would have to be a one-year, incentive-laden deal, but he could easily get a 3-year-deal from a team.
DeWitt is worse defensively than Hudson, but I'd rather let him or Abreu have a shot at 2nd. Higher ceilings, similar floors (offensively - maybe defensively for Abreu as well), given a full year and 500-600 plate appearances.