Turn Off Ads?
Results 1 to 3 of 3

Thread: Is Free Agency the way to go?

  1. #1
    Waitin til next year bucksfan2's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Cincinnati
    Posts
    10,228

    Is Free Agency the way to go?

    It seems to me that in today's baseball environment most successful teams are built upon player development and trades. Free Agency seems to be the most risky route to try in order to put together a team. I think you are seing a shift in the way contracts are given out to the "Indians" method in which players are signed early and long term. A team decides which players they are going to build around and then lets the other "prized" players walk. It also seems unless you agent is Scott Boras you are more incline to sign an extention than test the FA waters. It makes you wonder why teams choose to sign certain players and not sign others. Granted the Barry Zito signing is sticking in my head and you also have the Pavano and Clement signings but guys like Carlos Lee and Carlos Beltran have yet to put their respected teams over the top. You also have Giambi and Damon who are both vying for the DH roll and their usefullness is at an all time low. I don't have all the information but it seems to me trying to sign the "prized" free agent backfires more often than not.

  2. Turn Off Ads?
  3. #2
    Stat Wanker Hodiernus RedsManRick's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Guelph, ON
    Posts
    16,091

    Re: Is Free Agency the way to go?

    There's a lot of great talent in FA. The problem is the cost, pure and simple. Any player, be it a prospect, a trade target, or a guy signed in free agency caries a good deal of risk that he won't pan out, that he'll get injured, or that he'll simply underperform. Such is the nature of the game.

    Due to the nature of the free market, there's almost always somebody willing to take on significant risk. Thus, nearly any forray in to FA requires the signing team to take on the maximum amount of risk. When you have to pay the guy as if he's going to live up to his abilities for the duration of his contract, and given that very few players do so, you are setting yourself up for a potential cost inefficiency down the road nearly every single time.

    I'd avoid FA like the plague. I'd also be testing the waters, but simply wouldn't take that big risk unless I was in a position to garner major payoff in the form of a championship. If I do go FA, I take the approach of more money and fewer years. I'd rather pay a $10M player $13 for 3 years than $10 for 5, and carry greater risk of having years of zero value.
    Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.

  4. #3
    He has the Evil Eye! flyer85's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Location
    south of the border
    Posts
    23,858

    Re: Is Free Agency the way to go?

    There are a few top end up free agents each year, a ton of overpriced middling guys and a few bargains to be found at the bottom.

    It should not be used to build but should be used to supplement.
    What are you, people? On dope? - Mr Hand


Turn Off Ads?

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Board Moderators may, at their discretion and judgment, delete and/or edit any messages that violate any of the following guidelines: 1. Explicit references to alleged illegal or unlawful acts. 2. Graphic sexual descriptions. 3. Racial or ethnic slurs. 4. Use of edgy language (including masked profanity). 5. Direct personal attacks, flames, fights, trolling, baiting, name-calling, general nuisance, excessive player criticism or anything along those lines. 6. Posting spam. 7. Each person may have only one user account. It is fine to be critical here - that's what this board is for. But let's not beat a subject or a player to death, please.

Thank you, and most importantly, enjoy yourselves!


RedsZone.com is a privately owned website and is not affiliated with the Cincinnati Reds or Major League Baseball


Contact us: Boss | GIK | BCubb2003 | dabvu2498 | Gallen5862 | LexRedsFan | Plus Plus | RedlegJake | redsfan1995 | The Operator | Tommyjohn25