Monday, December 29, 2008

The Weekend Signings

If you were too busy watching football there were some notable signings in the Majors this weekend.

  • The notable signing in the Majors happened is former five-time Cy Young award winner Randy Johnson returning to his hometown team the San Francisco Giants. The Giants now have the most underrated rotation in the Majors. Johnson needs only five wins for 300 for his career, but he should be a lock for the Hall of Fame regardless. Johnson does have great career splits against lefties, so he could be used as a left-handed specialist if doesn't pan out as a starter.
  • Baltimore Orioles added former Ray Mark Hendrickson to their weak starting rotation. Pitching was the Orioles biggest weakness, but this is only a veteran filler and Hendrickson will only put up a ERA of around 5.
  • The Red Sox add another starter as well, getting Brad Penny and catcher Josh Bard. Brad Penny is sort of a risk, having a down year last season and several injuries. He is also pitching on an A.L. team for the first time, and there is risk in that too (see article). Josh Bard is a backup catcher, but the Red Sox have only three other catchers on the 40-man with only George Kottaras having 3 games of Major League experience, making Bard the current starter. The Red Sox are willing to get a starting catcher, although the free agent market is very thin right now in top tier catchers.

That's all for now.

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