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MLB Rankings For The Week Beginning April 14

By RealGM Staff Report

The Opsera is a statistic RealGM Executive Editor Chris Reina created in order to objectively rank teams by how well they hit (OPS) and pitch (ERA). 

In order to determine the Opsera rating for each, we take their OPS, multiply that number by 10 to move the decimal point over one place to the right and then subtract their ERA from that number.  

All statistics are through Sunday, April 13.

Rankings from the end of the 2013 regular season are in parenthesizes.

1. (17) Milwaukee Brewers – 5.71

It's no surprise the Brewers hold the top spot in our first rankings of the season. They've won nine straight, including 6-0 on the road, and have the lowest ERA (1.80) in baseball.

2. (7) Oakland Athletics – 4.89

Sonny Gray has a 0.95 ERA and 19 strikeouts in 19 innings pitched (three starts).

3. (3) Atlanta Braves – 4.67

A long-term deal hasn't ruined Freddie Freeman's drive. He's hitting .442/.519/.814 with four home runs and 10 RBI through 12 games.

4. (4) Los Angeles Dodgers – 4.23

Zack Greinke is nice to have when Clayton Kershaw is hurting. The right-hander has a 2.76 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 21 strikeouts in 16.1 innings (three starts).

5. (11) Washington Nationals – 4.22

All five of Washington's losses have come against Atlanta in the early going.

6. (27) Seattle Mariners – 3.88

Robinson Cano has the Mariners in contention -- for now. The second baseman is hitting .333/.417/.381 without a home run in 11 games.

7. (20) San Francisco Giants – 3.82

The Giants have a .751 OPS, good for eighth in the game. Brandon Belt's five home runs (.577 slugging) have paced the offense.

T8. (10) Tampa Bay Rays – 3.56

If they decide to trade David Price, Chris Archer may be ready to assume his place atop the rotation. The young righty has a 1.38 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 11 strikeouts in 13 innings.

-- (16) Los Angeles Angels – 3.56

Pujols has three home runs after hitting just 17 all of last season, but he still has a troubling slash line .240/.309/.500.

10. (1) Detroit Tigers – 3.54

Rajai Davis has been an underrated addition to the Tigers. He has five steals for the slow-footed club and is hitting .345/.412/.448 in eight games.

11. (26) Philadelphia Phillies – 3.47

12. (8) Pittsburgh Pirates – 3.45

13. (23) New York Yankees – 3.44

14. (5) Cincinnati Reds – 3.43

15. (19) Toronto Blue Jays – 3.33

16. (29) Miami Marlins – 3.30

17. (2) Boston Red Sox – 3.19

18. (18) Colorado Rockies – 3.15

19. (T24) San Diego Padres – 3.13

20. (12) Kansas City Royals – 2.78

21. (6) St. Louis Cardinals – 2.77

22. (T24) Chicago White Sox – 2.68

23. (13) Cleveland Indians – 2.67 

24. (9) Texas Rangers – 2.58

25. (21) Chicago Cubs – 2.50

26. (15) Baltimore Orioles – 2.38

27. (28) Minnesota Twins – 1.95

28. (30) Houston Astros – 1.80

29. (22) New York Mets – 1.13

30. (14) Arizona Diamondbacks – 1.12

 

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NL Central: House Of (St. Louis) Cards

By Andrew Perna

The Cardinals have been to the postseason in four of the last five years, including two trips to the World Series. Despite their considerable success, the division remains very competitive. The National League Central was the only group to send three teams to the playoffs in 2013, with the Pirates and Reds joining the fray. The Brewers might have been on the fringe of that race if it had not been for Ryan Braun's suspension.

St. Louis Cardinals

The Cardinals ran into a Boston buzz saw last October, missing out on their second World Series title in three years. Major League Baseball's model franchise, they made logical, calculated moves to fortify the roster this winter. Saddled with young arms and the fifth-best ERA (3.42) in 2013, they added to their offense.  They had a strong OPS (.733), but lost Carlos Beltran, so they added Jhonny Peralta to help fill that void and Peter Bourjos to add some speed. (only the Tigers had fewer steals).

Key Additions (2013 Stats):

Peter Bourjos: .274/.333/.377 with 3 HRs, 12 RBIs in 196 PAs

Jhonny Peralta: .303/.358/.457 with 11 HRs, 55 RBIs in 448 PAs

Mark Ellis: .270/.323/.351 with 6 HRs, 48 RBIs in 480 PAs

Pittsburgh Pirates

Pleased with a strong, young core, the Pirates will bring largely the same roster to the field. Pedro Alvarez broke out in 2013, hitting .233/.296/.473 with 36 home runs and 100 RBIs, helping Andrew McCutchen pace the offense. Pittsburgh will have to replace A.J. Burnett, who had a 3.30 ERA and 209 strikeouts in 191 innings, but re-signing him at 37 wouldn't have guaranteed the same level of production. They expect a big jump forward from their young pitchers.

Key Additions (2013 Stats):

Edinson Volquez: 5.71 ERA, 1.585 WHIP, 142 Ks in 170.1 IP

Robert Andino: .184/.253/.237 with 0 HRs, 4 RBIs in 85 PAs

Cincinnati Reds

Like the Pirates, the Reds didn't tinker much with a roster that was good enough to make the playoffs. They added some bench pieces and made their biggest move when they signed Homer Bailey to a six-year, $105 million contract extension. The aggressiveness of Joey Votto has been a big topic of discussion, but I'm not sure I'd mess with a guy that puts up a .305/.435/.491 slash line. He hit 24 homers and .291/.477/.455 with runners in scoring position last season.

Key Additions (2013 Stats):

Skip Schumaker: .263/.332/.322 with 2 HRs, 30 RBIs in 356 PAs

Brayan Pena: .297/.315/.397 with 4 HRs, 22 RBIs in 243 PAs

Milwaukee Brewers

Milwaukee had a below-average OPS (.708) with Ryan Braun limited to 61 games. If he's the same hitter without PEDs, his .312/.374/.564 career line is more than enough to lift the offense into the top third of baseball. As for the pitching staff, it ranked 16th with a 3.84 ERA. A better Kyle Lohse and effective Matt Garza would make the staff much stronger. They could contend, even in this division, if the cards fall their way.

Key Additions (2013 Stats):

Mark Reynolds: .220/.306/.393 with 21 HRs, 67 RBIs in 504 PAs

Matt Garza: 3.82 ERA, 1.236 WHIP, 136 Ks in 155.1 IP

Chicago Cubs

Theo Epstein didn't want to mess with Chicago's long-term plan, so he signed a host of mid-level free agents to put together a roster. This season will be more about a possible Jeff Samardzija trade than meaningful baseball once the weather gets warmer. The farm system is very highly regarded, but the front office insists they won't rush anyone to the Majors. Good idea, but a hard sell.

Key Additions (2013 Stats):

Justin Ruggiano: .222/.298/.396 with 18 HRs, 50 RBIs in 472 PAs

Jose Veras: 3.02 ERA, 1.069 WHIP, 60 Ks in 62.2 IP

Jason Hammel: 4.97 ERA, 1.457 WHIP, 96 Ks in 139.1 IP

Emilio Bonifacio: .243/.295/.331 with 3 HRs, 31 RBIs in 461 PAs

How We Think They'll Stack Up:

1. Cardinals: The pitching staff will be very hard to hit.

2. Pirates: Ceiling is the division, but floor could be third or fourth.

3. Brewers: It all hinges on Ryan Braun and Matt Garza.

4. Reds: Will Brandon Phillips finish the season in Cincinnati?

5. Cubs: Check back in a few seasons...

 

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Complete List Of Major League Free Agents

By RealGM Staff Report

With free agency beginning on Tuesday, we have compiled a complete list of Major League free agents. The players are separated by position and alphabetical order. As players reach agreements with team, we will do our best to update the list.

If you are aware of an agreement that has somehow slipped through the cracks please send us a Tweet (@RealGMBaseball).

Catchers

Henry Blanco - Signed with Arizona Diamondbacks
John Buck - Signed with Seattle Mariners
Hector Gimenez - Signed with Chicago White Sox
Ramon Hernandez - Signed with Kansas City Royals
Koyie Hill
Brian McCann - Signed with New York Yankees
Jose Molina - Signed with Tampa Bay Rays
Dioner Navarro - Signed with Toronto Blue Jays
Wil Nieves - Signed with Philadelphia Phillies
Miguel Olivo - Signed with Los Angeles Dodgers
Brayan Pena - Signed with Cincinnati Reds
A.J. Pierzynski - Signed with Boston Red Sox
Humberto Quintero - Signed with Seattle Mariners
Guillermo Quiroz - Signed with San Francisco Giants
Carlos Ruiz - Signed with Philadelphia Phillies
Jarrod Saltalamacchia - Signed with Miami Marlins
Kelly Shoppach
Geovany Soto - Signed with Texas Rangers
Kurt Suzuki - Signed with Minnesota Twins
Taylor Teagarden - Signed with New York Mets
Yorvit Torrealba

First Baseman

Jeff Baker
Yuniesky Betancourt - Signed with Japanese club
Corey Hart - Signed with Seattle Mariners
Paul Konerko - Signed with Chicago White Sox
Casey Kotchman
Brandon Laird - Signed with Kansas City Royals
James Loney - Signed with Tampa Bay Rays
Casey McGehee - Signed with Miami Marlins
Kendrys Morales
Justin Morneau - Signed with Colorado Rockies
Mike Napoli - Signed with Boston Red Sox
Lyle Overbay - Signed with Milwaukee Brewers
Carlos Pena - Signed with Los Angeles Angels
Mark Reynolds - Signed with Milwaukee Brewers
Chad Tracy - Signed with Los Angeles Angels
Ty Wigginton - Signed with Miami Marlins
Kevin Youkilis - Signed in Japan

Second Baseman

Robinson Cano - Signed with Seattle Mariners
Alexi Casilla - Signed with Baltimore Orioles
Jamey Carroll - Signed with Washington Nationals
Alberto Gonzalez - Signed with San Diego Padres
Mark Ellis - Signed with St. Louis Cardinals
Omar Infante - Signed with Kansas City Royals
Brendan Harris - Signed with Los Angeles Dodgers
Kelly Johnson - Signed with New York Yankees
Nick Punto - Signed with Oakland Athletics
Brian Roberts - Signed with New York Yankees
Ryan Roberts - Signed with Chicago Cubs
Ramon Santiago - Signed with Cincinnati Reds
Skip Schumaker - Signed with Cincinnati Reds
Chris Valaika - Signed with Chicago Cubs
Josh Wilson - Signed with Texas Rangers

Shortstops

Robert Andino - Signed with Pittsburgh Pirates
Clint Barmes - Signed with Pittsburgh Pirates
Willie Bloomquist - Signed with Seattle Mariners
Luis Cruz - Signed in Japan
Stephen Drew
Rafael Furcal - Signed with Miami Marlins
Alex Gonzalez
Nick Green
Cesar Izturis - Signed with Houston Astros
Munenori Kawasaki - Signed with Toronto Blue Jays
John McDonald - Signed with Los Angeles Angels
Jhonny Peralta - Signed with St. Louis Cardinals
Cody Ransom
Brendan Ryan - Signed with New York Yankees

Third Basemen

Wilson Betemit
Eric Chavez - Signed with Arizona Diamondbacks
Jerry Hairston Jr. - Retired
Brent Lillibridge - Signed with Texas Rangers
Placido Polanco
Juan Uribe - Signed with Los Angeles Dodgers
Michael Young

Left Fielders

Jason Bay
Brennan Boesch - Signed with Los Angeles Angels
Trevor Crowe - Signed with Detroit Tigers
Raul Ibanez - Signed with Los Angeles Angels
Reed Johnson
Jason Kubel - Signed with Minnesota Twins
Darnell McDonald - Signed with Chicago Cubs
Nate McLouth - Signed with Washington Nationals
Mike Morse - Signed with the San Francisco Giants
David Murphy - Signed with Cleveland Indians
Laynce Nix
Juan Pierre
Delmon Young - Signed with Baltimore Orioles

Center Fielders

Rick Ankiel
Rajai Davis - Signed with Detroit Tigers
Jacoby Ellsbury - Signed with New York Yankees
Curtis Granderson - Signed with New York Mets
Franklin Gutierrez - Signed with Seattle Mariners
Grady Sizemore - Signed with Boston Red Sox
Andres Torres
Dewayne Wise
Chris Young - Signed with New York Mets

Right Fielders

Carlos Beltran - Signed with New York Yankees
Roger Bernadina
Marlon Byrd - Signed with Philadelphia Phillies
Shin-Soo Choo - Signed with Texas Rangers
Tyler Colvin - Signed with Baltimore Orioles
Nelson Cruz
Jeff Francoeur - Signed with Cleveland Indians
Casper Wells - Signed with Chicago Cubs

Designated Hitters

Lance Berkman - Retired
Shelley Duncan - Signed with Arizona Diamondbacks
Travis Hafner
Raul Ibanez - Signed with Los Angeles Angels
Luke Scott - Signed in South Korea

Starting Pitchers

Alfredo Aceves - Signed with Baltimore Orioles
Bronson Arroyo
Scott Baker - Signed with Seattle Mariners
Erik Bedard
Travis Blackley
A.J. Burnett
Chris Capuano
Chris Carpenter - Retired
Bruce Chen - Signed with Kansas City Royals
Bartolo Colon - Signed with New York Mets
Scott Feldman - Signed with Houston Astros
Gavin Floyd - Signed with Atlanta Braves
Jeff Francis - Signed with Cincinnati Reds
Freddy Garcia - Signed with Atlanta Braves
Jon Garland
Matt Garza - Signed with Milwaukee Brewers
Chad Gaudin - Signed with Philadelphia Phillies
Roy Halladay - Retired
Jason Hammel
Aaron Harang
Dan Haren - Signed with Los Angeles Dodgers
Roberto Hernandez - Signed with Philadelphia Phillies
Tim Hudson - Signed with San Francisco Giants
Phil Hughes - Signed with Minnesota Twins
Ubaldo Jimenez
Josh Johnson - Signed with San Diego Padres
Jair Jurrjens
Jeff Karstens
Scott Kazmir - Signed with Oakland Athletics
Hiroki Kuroda - Signed with New York Yankees
John Lannan - Signed with New York Mets
Wade LeBlanc
Colby Lewis - Signed with Texas Rangers
Ted Lilly - Retired
Paul Maholm
Shaun Marcum - Signed with Cleveland Indians
Jason Marquis
Daisuke Matsuzaka - Signed with New York Mets
James McDonald
Randy Messenger
Ricky Nolasco - Signed with Minnesota Twins
Sean O'Sullivan - Signed with Philadelphia Phillies
Roy Oswalt
Mike Pelfrey - Signed with Minnesota Twins
Greg Reynolds - Signed in Japan
Clayton Richard
Ervin Santana
Johan Santana
Joe Saunders
Kevin Slowey - Signed with Miami Marlins
Masahiro Tanaka - Signed with New York Yankees
Jason Vargas - Signed with Kansas City Royals
Ryan Vogelsong - Signed with San Francisco Giants
Edinson Volquez - Signed with Pittsburgh Pirates
Tsuyoshi Wada - Signed with Chicago Cubs
P.J. Walters - Signed with Kansas City Royals
Jake Westbrook
Chien-Ming Wang - Signed with Cincinnati Reds
Suk-Min Yoon
Barry Zito

Closers

Grant Balfour - Signed with Tampa Bay Rays
Joaquin Benoit - Signed with San Diego Padres
Rafael Betancourt
Kevin Gregg
Joel Hanrahan
Ryan Madson
Edward Mujica - Signed with Boston Red Sox
Joe Nathan - Signed with Detroit Tigers
Chris Perez - Signed with Los Angeles Dodgers
Fernando Rodney
Jose Veras - Signed with Chicago Cubs
Brian Wilson - Signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers

Righty Relievers

David Aardsma - Signed with Cleveland Indians
Matt Albers - Signed with Houston Astros
Hector Ambriz
Luis Ayala
Matt Belisle
Michael Bowden
Shawn Camp
Joba Chamberlain - Signed with Detroit Tigers
Jesse Crain - Signed with Houston Astros
Octavio Dotel
Kyle Farnsworth
Frank Francisco
Matt Guerrier - Signed with Minnesota Twins
LaTroy Hawkins - Signed with Colorado Rockies
Phil Humber - Signed with Oakland Athletics
Kameron Loe - Signed with San Francisco Giants
Brandon Lyon
Jeff Manship - Signed with Philadelphia Phillies
Carlos Marmol
Zach Miner
Peter Moylan - Signed with Houston Astros
Clayton Mortensen
Brett Myers
Juan Carlos Oviedo - Signed with Tampa Bay Rays
Chad Qualls - Signed with Houston Astros
Francisco Rodriguez
Henry Rodriguez - Signed with Miami Marlins
Joe Smith - Signed with Los Angeles Angels
Jose Valverde - Signed with Arizona Diamondbacks
Jamey Wright - Signed with Los Angeles Dodgers

Lefty Relievers

Travis Blackley
Scott Downs - Signed with Chicago White Sox
Mike Gonzalez
Rich Hill
J.P. Howell - Signed with Los Angeles Dodgers
Boone Logan - Signed with Colorado Rockies
Javier Lopez - Signed with San Francisco Giants
Eric O'Flaherty - Signed with Oakland Athletics
Manny Parra - Signed with Cincinnati Reds
Juan Perez
Oliver Perez
David Purcey - Signed with Chicago White Sox
Matt Thornton - Signed with New York Yankees

 

Information for this was gathered from MLB Trade Rumors and Cot's Baseball Contracts.



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