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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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AL East: Can The Champs Be Dethroned?

By Andrew Perna

The Boston Red Sox went worst to first last season and they enter 2014 as the defending World Series champions. All five American League East teams began last season with a legitimate shot at winning the division and that may be the case once again.

Boston Red Sox

The Red Sox rode a host of middling signings to October glory this past fall and Ben Cherington is hoping to do the same in 2014. Mike Napoli and Shane Victorino will return, but John Farrell will be forced to rely on youngsters at third base (Xander Bogaerts) and in center field (Jackie Bradley, Jr.). Bogaerts seems primed to take the ball and run with it at the hot corner, but Bradley is an unknown as Jacoby Ellsbury's replacement.

Key Additions (2013 Stats):

A.J. Pierzynski: .272/.297/.425, 17 HRs, 70 RBIs in 529 PAs

Edward Mujica: 2.78 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, 46 Ks in 64.2 IP

Chris Capuano: 4.26 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, 81 Ks in 105.2 IP 

Tampa Bay Rays

If they don't trade David Price, the Rays have a real shot at winning the division (and much more). That is the dilemma Andrew Friedman and the rest of the front office face as Opening Day nears. Like the Red Sox, they remain largely the same from last season but they did finish 2013 with 92 wins, which was enough to grab a Wild Card spot. Price leads a rotation that should only get better with experience and age.

Key Additions (2013 Stats):

Grant Balfour: 2.59 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 72 Ks in 62.2 IP

Heath Bell: 4.11 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, 72 Ks in 65.2 IP

Ryan Hanigan: .198/.306/.261, 2 HRs, 21 RBIs in 260 PAs 

New York Yankees

After missing the postseason for the first time since 2008, the Yankees opened up their checkbook in search of reinforcements. A boatload of money later -- Ellsbury, Brian McCann and Masahiro Tanaka -- the Yankees have their sights set on another World Series title. There is added motivation in New York this season as Derek Jeter prepares to hang up his cleats.

Key Additions (2013 Stats):

Jacoby Ellsbury: .298/.355/.426, 9 HRs, 53 RBIs in 636 PAs

Brian McCann: .256/.336/.461, 20 HRs, 57 RBIs in 402 PAs

Masahiro Tanaka: 1.27 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, 183 Ks in 212 IP (Japan)

Brian Roberts: .249/.312/.392, 8 HRs, 39 RBIs in 296 PAs

Kelly Johnson: .235/.305/.410, 16 HRs, 52 RBIs in 407 PAs

Baltimore Orioles

They were late to the party, but the Orioles make several win-now moves in the latter stages of the offseason. They signed Ubaldo Jimenez and Nelson Cruz with eyes on contending while their young core remains under contract and intact. The outcome of this season will have a huge bearing on the future's of Matt Wieters and Chris Davis, who will be free agents after the 2015 season.

Key Additions (2013 Stats):

Ubaldo Jimenez: 3.30 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 194 Ks in 182.2 IP

Nelson Cruz: .266/.327/.506, 27 HRs, 76 RBIs in 456 PAs

Jemile Weeks: .111/.111/.111, 0 HRs, 0 RBIs in 9 PAs

Suk-min Yoon: 4.00 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, 76 Ks in 87.2 IP 

Toronto Blue Jays

After making major waves prior to last season, the Blue Jays didn't change much this winter. Alex Anthopoulos is hoping the further maceration of their roster will leads to more than the 74 wins they managed in 2013. It will be hard for Toronto to climb of last place, but they have a role model within the division (Red Sox). The only thing they are lacking is a few mid-level free agent additions.

Key Additions (2013 Stats):

Dioner Navarro: .300/.365/.492, 13 HRs, 34 RBIs in 266 PAs

How We Think They'll Stack Up:

1. Red Sox: Chemistry will break talent battle with New York.

2. Yankees: Jeter's career will end with a Wild Card berth.

3. Rays: A Price trade will set them back, but only a season.

4. Orioles: Jimenez won't pitch like an ace, gamble lost.

5. Blue Jays: They'll improve, but the division is just too deep.

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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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