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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 West: Money Buys The Division

By Andrew Perna

The Dodgers enter the season with the highest payroll in baseball, ending a lengthy run by the free-spending Yankees. They will be the favorites in the division a season after riding a second-half surge to an 11-game cushion. While Los Angeles will dominate the headlines, Arizona, San Francisco, San Diego and Colorado should all be competitive.

Los Angeles Dodgers

They were four games under .500 on July 4, 2013, but finished the year 22 games over the median. They took the Cardinals to six games in the NLCS before bowing out. They had the second-lowest ERA (3.25) in baseball last season, which helped balance out a disappointing OPS (.722, 13th) when you consider their talent. If Matt Kemp is healthy, the offense should be in the top-five.

Key Additions (2013 Stats):

Dan Haren: 4.67 ERA, 1.238 WHIP, 151 Ks in 169.2 IP

San Diego Padres

San Diego didn't do anything well, ranking 25th in OPS (.686) and 20th in ERA (3.98), but they were a competitive 76-win team. They need production from Cameron Maybin and Josh Johnson, but both will miss time to begin the season. Their young players aren't very young, but they still have room to grow in the next few seasons. As they have recently, the Padres will be strong in close games thanks to their bullpen.

Key Additions (2013 Stats):

Josh Johnson: 6.20 ERA, 1.660 WHIP, 83 Ks in 81.1 IP

Joaquin Benoit: 2.01 ERA, 1.030 WHIP, 73 Ks in 67 IP

Seth Smith: .253/.329/.391 with 8 HR, 40 RBIs in 410 PAs

San Francisco Giants

Long dominant on the mound, the Giants saw their staff slip in 2013. They posted an ERA above 3.68 (4.00) for the first time since 2008, but 80% of the rotation returns with Tim Hudson sliding into the middle. A down pitching season meant they couldn't overcome issues with their offense. Bruce Bochy is hoping Tim Lincecum (4.37 ERA) and Matt Cain (4.00) right the ship sooner rather than later.

Key Additions (2013 Stats):

Michael Morse: .215/.270/.381 with 13 HRs, 27 RBIs in 337 PAs

Tim Hudson: 3.97 ERA, 1.190 WHIP, 95 Ks in 131.1 IP

Colorado Rockies

Colorado made the most moves of any team in the division, adding to both their lineup and pitching staff. They had a strong offense in 2013 despite another injury-plagued season from Troy Tulowitzki, which makes them even more dangerous given their additions in depth. As we've come to expect, they didn't pitch very well but appear headed in the right direction. When healthy, the top half of their rotation is very good.

Key Additions (2013 Stats):

Brett Anderson: 6.04 ERA, 1.612 WHIP, 46 Ks in 44.2 IP

Justin Morneau: .259/.323/.411 with 17 HRs, 77 RBIs in 635 PAs

Boone Logan: 3.23 ERA, 1.179 WHIP, 50 Ks in 39 IP

Franklin Morales: 4.62 ERA, 1.539 WHIP, 21 Ks in 25.1 IP

Drew Stubbs: .233/.305/.360 with 10 HRs, 45 RBIs in 481 PAs

Arizona Diamondbacks

Paul Goldschmidt is a legitimate MVP-caliber player, but he wasn't enough to lift the Diamondbacks to a winning record. They figured to take steps forward this season, but the injury to Patrick Corbin sets them back. Not rushing Archie Bradley to the Majors shows both patience and a long-term view. Mark Trumbo was good, but never really fulfilled expectations with the Angels. Maybe a change of scenery will help.

Key Additions (2013 Stats):

Mark Trumbo: .234/.294/.453 with 34 HRs, 100 RBIs in 678 PAs

Addison Reed: 3.79 ERA, 1.107 WHIP, 72 Ks in 71.1 IP

Bronson Arroyo: 3.79 ERA, 1.153 WHIP, 124 Ks in 202 IP

How We Think They'll Stack Up:

1. Dodgers: They have holes, but not enough to put division in jeopardy.

2. Giants: Matt Cain will bounce back and Tim Hudson is a nice addition, staff will be strength again.

3. Diamondbacks: With Patrick Corbin, this team finishes second and puts a tiny bit of pressure on L.A.

4. Padres: The key to 2014 will be San Diego's offense.

5. Rockies: Pitching concerns me, but staff has chance to be better than 2013.

 

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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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