Free Agent Market: Righty Relievers

The last entry in our Free Agent Market series: righty relievers.  Click here for a look at the full 2010 free agents list.

  • Lowest ERA: Brendan Donnelly, Kiko Calero, Takashi Saito, and Rafael Betancourt.  XFIP leaders: Betancourt, Donnelly, and LaTroy Hawkins.
  • Best strikeout rates: Octavio Dotel, Calero, Betancourt, Russ Springer, and Donnelly.
  • Best control: Josh Banks, Matt Herges, and Springer.
  • Toughest to hit: Calero, Josh Fogg, Brandon Lyon, and Elmer Dessens.
  • Lowest home run rate: Calero, Julian Tavarez, J.J. Putz, and Donnelly.
  • Best groundball rate: Danys Baez and Jamey Wright.
  • Innings leaders: Wright, Lyon, Aaron Heilman, Baez, and Miguel Batista
  • If you're a holds fan, Batista, R.A. Dickey, and Wright are your leaders.
  • Highest average fastball velocity: Hawkins, Guillermo Mota, Putz, and Baez.
  • Chad Cordero is the only guy who will be under 30 in 2010.
  • Marlins scrap-heap pickups Calero and Donnelly are intriguing.  But Calero spent time on the DL with shoulder inflammation, while Donnelly had calf, shoulder, and back problems.
  • The following righty relievers had strong 2008s: Joe Nelson, Chad Bradford, and Geoff Geary.
  • Chan Ho Park was excellent in relief this year: a 2.52 ERA in 50 innings with 52 strikeouts and 16 walks.
  • Joaquin Benoit, Kelvim Escobar, and Putz make for interesting post-injury signings.
  • Projected Type A free agents: Betancourt, Dotel, and Hawkins.  Type B: Doug Brocail, Calero, Bob Howry, Lyon, Mota, Park, Springer, and David Weathers.
  • Club options: Betancourt, Brocail, Putz, Saito, and Weathers.

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