Free Agent All-Stars: Hitters

Today I will attempt to assemble an All-Star team using only players signed as free agents last winter.  Argue away in the comments!

  • C: Rod Barajas.  Barajas is hitting a surprising .290/.349/.490 in 169 plate appearances, and he’s only making $1.2MM.  Jorge Posada is catching up though.
  • 1B: Sean Casey.  He’s done a nice job in limited duty.
  • 2B: Alexei Ramirez.  One of the unheralded signings of last winter – Kenny Williams got Ramirez on a four year, $4.75MM deal.  That’s less than one year of Luis Castillo or Kaz Matsui, and Ramirez can play shortstop and center field.
  • SS: Jerry Hairston Jr.  Many of us regarded this as Dusty just helping out one of his guys, but Hairston was excellent prior to a broken thumb.
  • 3B: Alex Rodriguez.  It’s not a big deal when A-Rod hits .322/.404/.591 – that is expected of him. 
  • LF: Luis Gonzalez.  Not a big offseason for free agent left fielders.
  • CF: Aaron Rowand.  We’re only 10% into this $60MM investment, but so far so good.  Torii Hunter has been solid too.
  • RF: Kosuke Fukudome.  A .405 OBP and strong defense gets him the nod over Eric HinskeJose Guillen is coming on fast.
  • DH: Milton Bradley.  Even Jon Daniels couldn’t have expected him to be this good.
  • Total guaranteed money spent: $397.5MM (69% on A-Rod)
  • 2008 salaries, not including signing bonuses: $51.7MM (52% on A-Rod)
  • My free agent agent All-Star lineup would score over six runs per game based on their performances this year!  Looks like Casey’s batting leadoff (link takes a while to load).

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