Free Agent Slow Starts

Yesterday we looked at free agents off to hot starts; now it's time to do the opposite.  Last year this list included Mark Teixeira and C.C. Sabathia, but also Oliver Perez and Pat Burrell.

  • Rod Barajas, Mets.  Not much was expected from Barajas in the OBP department, but a .194/.224/.355 line isn't going to cut it.  Also, despite a three home run game and a .468 SLG, John Buck sits among the OBP trailers at .239.  I liked the Gregg Zaun signing, but he's hitting just .220/.299/.288.
  • Jerry Hairston Jr., Padres.  Versatility doesn't mean much when you're hitting .231/.242/.246.
  • Jonny Gomes, Reds.  I liked this bargain signing, but Gomes isn't doing much at .214/.254/.375.
  • Garrett Atkins, Orioles.  He's losing playing time given a .238/.262/.302 start.
  • Pedro Feliz, Astros.  The left side of the Astros' infield is really struggling offensively.  Infielders Orlando Cabrera, Jack Wilson, and Adam Kennedy are also excelling at making outs, while Mark DeRosa has shown no power.
  • Nick Johnson, Yankees.  Bizarre line for Johnson: .143/.385/.232.  Even when nothing else is working, Johnson is second in MLB in walks.  Chone Figgins has had a similar start. 
  • Ken Griffey Jr., Mariners.  He's better than .226/.293/.245, but many opposed this signing from the start.
  • Troy Glaus, Braves.  He's at .200/.300/.300, and the Braves have to be pondering alternatives.
  • Doug Davis, Brewers.  He's basically allowed an earned run per inning so far.
  • Todd Wellemeyer, Giants.  The team's fifth starter has a 6.33 ERA through four starts.
  • Trevor Hoffman, Brewers.  Hoffman leads baseball with four blown saves; at some point the Brewers have to try someone else in the ninth inning.
  • Jason Marquis, Nationals.  He made three ugly starts and headed to the DL with an elbow injury.
  • Rich Harden, Rangers.  He leads baseball with 23 walks allowed.
  • Vicente Padilla, Dodgers.  He sports a 7.06 ERA and a forearm injury.
  • John Grabow, Cubs.  With a 7.04 ERA, Grabow hasn't been the setup man the Cubs envisioned.  Brendan Donnelly, Octavio Dotel, and Bob Howry are also getting knocked around.
  • Mike Gonzalez, Orioles.  His terrible start led to a shoulder-related DL stint.

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