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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 West: How Will The Division Be Won?

By Andrew Perna

What seemed like a potential three-team race for the division title turned into a relative laugher as the Athletics took the crown in 2013. In winning their second-straight AL West title, the A’s helped bring embarrassment to the high-priced rosters of the Rangers and Angels. Texas has shuffled their roster, while Los Angeles is hoping Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton will produce as they were expected to when they signed nine-figure contracts. 

Oakland Athletics

Billy Beane didn't tinker much with his offense, happy with a core that produced the third-highest OPS (.745) in the Major Leagues last season. The A's may not have huge names, but they get the job done. Four players finished 2013 with between 3.6 and 6.5 oWAR. The pitching staff was strong as well (3.56 ERA, good for seventh), but the group is now significantly different. Bartolo Colon is in New York, Jarrod Parker will miss the season following Tommy John surgery and they have a new closer in Jim Johnson.

Key Additions (2013 Stats):

Jim Johnson: 2.94 ERA, 1.280 WHIP, 56 Ks in 70.1 IP

Eric O'Flaherty: 2.50 ERA, 0.944 WHIP, 11 Ks in 18 IP

Craig Gentry: .280/.373/.386 with 2 HRs, 22 RBIs in 287 PAs

Scott Kazmir: 4.04 ERA, 1.323 WHIP, 162 Ks in 158 IP

Texas Rangers

After employing a top-two offense in 2011 and 2012, the Rangers took a step back at the plate. They ranked ninth in OPS (.735) and eighth in runs scored (4.48 per game) and home runs (176). As a result they went out and acquired Prince Fielder from the Tigers and signed Shin-Soo Choo to a $130 million deal. The Yu Darvish-led rotation, however, won't be as strong as it was a year ago.

 Key Additions (2013 Stats):

J.P. Arencibia: .194/.227/.365 with 21 HRs, 55 RBIs in 497 PAs

Shin-Soo Choo: .285/.423/.462 with 21 HRs, 54 RBIs in 712 PAs

Prince Fielder: .279/.362/.457 with 25 HRs, 106 RBIs in 712 PAs

Tommy Hanson: 5.42 ERA, 1.548 WHIP, 56 Ks in 73 IP

Los Angeles Angels

The Angels were an above-average offensive team in 2013, largely because of Mike Trout's otherworldly talents. Regular production from Josh Hamilton (.250/.307/.432) or Albert Pujols (.258/.330/.437 in just 99 games) would have catapulted them to among the game's best. Hamilton and Pujols make L.A. one of the hardest to forecast teams in baseball. If they improve, the Angels could challenge the A's and Rangers. If they continue to disappoint, you can forget meaningful games in the second half of the season.

Key Additions (2013 Stats):

Joe Smith: 2.29 ERA, 1.222 WHIP, 54 Ks in 63 IP

Raul Ibanez: .242/.306/.487 with 29 HRs, 65 RBIs in 496 PAs

David Freese: .262/.340/.381 with 9 HRs, 60 RBIs in 521 PAs

Yorvit Torrealba: .240/.295/.285 with 0 HRs, 16 RBIs in 196 PAs

Seattle Mariners

The Mariners haven't finished with a winning record since 2009 and it has been 13 years since they tasted the playoffs. Those droughts may not change in 2014, but there seems to at least be a light at the end of the tunnel. Seattle made a splash when they signed Robinson Cano away from the Yankees, but they also made nice complementary additions in Corey Hart and Fernando Rodney. If the young pitching comes along quickly, the AL West will become even more intriguing.

Key Additions (2013 Stats):

Corey Hart: .270/.334/.507 with 30 HRs, 83 RBIs in 622 PAs (2012)

Robinson Cano: .314/.383/.516 with 27 HRs, 107 RBIs in 681 PAs

Logan Morrison: .242/.333/.375 with 6 HRs, 36 RBIs in 333 PAs

Fernando Rodney: 3.38 ERA, 1.335 WHIP, 82 Ks in 66.2 IP

Houston Astros

Houston was among the worst teams offensively and defensively last season, leaving almost no place to go but up. There has been some excitement among those blessed with long-term vision, but too much eagerness at this point is a mistake. This division is deep and all the smart draft picks and signings Jeff Luhnow has made will have to work in order for the Astros to fully right the ship.

Key Additions (2013 Stats):

Dexter Fowler: .263/.369/.407 with 12 HRs, 42 RBIs, 19 SBs in 492 PAs

Scott Feldman: 4.27 ERA, 1.224 WHIP, 65 Ks in 90.2 IP

Chad Qualls: 2.61 ERA, 1.226 WHIP, 49 Ks in 62 IP

Jesse Crain: 0.74 ERA, 1.145 WHIP, 46 Ks in 36.2 IP

How We Think They'll Stack Up:

1. Rangers: Pitching will be their downfall in October, but they'll win a tight race.

2. Angels: A bump in production from Pujols/Hamilton is enough to flirt with a Wild Card.

3. Athletics: The loss of Parker and a dip in overall pitching will deny them a third-straight division title.

4. Mariners: Cano will help improve on 71 wins, but third-place is their ceiling. Fourth is more likely.

5. Astros: They will at least be more fun to watch as the core comes together.

 

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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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