Poll: Best Free Agent Hitter Signed Last Winter

Matt Holliday and Jason Bay got the attention and, eventually, the money. But many unheralded signings have turned into great ones. Halfway through the 2010 season, it's time to take a look at how some hitters are doing and determine the answer to the following question:

Which one of the hitters signed last winter has had the biggest impact so far this year?

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35 Comments on "Poll: Best Free Agent Hitter Signed Last Winter"


TwinsVet
5 years 1 month ago

How could you possibly make an argument that it’s not Vlad, and by a huge margin at that?

Nicolas_C
5 years 1 month ago

Because he and Beltre have similar numbers, and Beltre has value with the glove.

5 years 1 month ago

Vlad and Marlon Byrd

Prince_Fielders_Donuts
5 years 1 month ago

Def Vlad, its like he took a time machine b ack to the year 2000

rayking
5 years 1 month ago

I had to pick Vlad, but honorable mention goes to Johnny Gomes. Especially if cost of the contract was a factor ($800K for 1 year of Gomes).

mkorpal
5 years 1 month ago

Olivo should be in this poll also.

rockiesmagicnumber
5 years 1 month ago

Absolutely, it’s a crime that he isn’t. Best catcher by WAR standards in MLB.

rockiesmagicnumber
5 years 1 month ago

How about value as well? He signed for roughly nothing.

5 years 1 month ago

Beltre, and it’s not even close. He’s hitting like a mad man and is incredible on defense. He’s propped the Red Sox up. Vlad provides 0 defensive, too.

TwinsVet
5 years 1 month ago

Read the question. Which “hitter” signed last winter…

5 years 1 month ago

YOU read the question. It says nothing about being strictly about offensive production.

Even if it did, great offensive production from a 3B > great offensive production from a DH. Not to mention that Vlad has a 150+ point drop in OPS away from Arlington

Boz
5 years 1 month ago

the question is “Which one of the hitters signed last winter has had the biggest impact so far this year?”

not

“Which one of the defenders signed last winter has had the biggest impact so far this year?”

or even

“Which one of the position players signed last winter has had the biggest impact so far this year?”

Vlad is beyond the best “hitter” signed and that’s even including big $ guys bay and Holliday.

and to add to it, it also doesn’t say…
“Which one of the “defenders/positional players” signed last winter has had the biggest impact “on the road” so far this year?”

Todd Smith
5 years 1 month ago

Beltre is leading the American League in errors this year.

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start_wearing_purple
5 years 1 month ago

And yet has the best UZR of AL third basemen…

Todd Smith
5 years 1 month ago

Yes, he’s very solid on the small handful of plays he actually does make.

Brv Rocks
5 years 1 month ago

How could it be anyone but Troy Glaus? He has helped turn the Braves into playoff contenders.

5 years 1 month ago

I like Troy a whole lot, but Vlad has also helped make Texas a playoff contender. I picked Vlad because his stats are above the others.

Boz
5 years 1 month ago

don’t kid yourself, its all about “Mr. World Series Good Luck Charm” Eric Hinske

mrsjohnmiltonrocks
5 years 1 month ago

I voted Vlad, but I considered Aubrey Huff. Raise your hand if you saw his season coming.

rockiesmagicnumber
5 years 1 month ago

Seriously, we all laughed at the Huff signing from over in Colorado.

Whoops.

mrsjohnmiltonrocks
5 years 1 month ago

Yeah. I thought of the signing as another one of those “he was a really good hitter ten years ago” so we need him here. Whoops, indeed.

Good for him.

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start_wearing_purple
5 years 1 month ago

I think it’s a lot closer between Vlad and Beltre than people think.
Vlad: .328/.372/.560
Beltre: .340/.377/.542

Add to that Vlad’s numbers are being inflated by hitting in Arlington whereas Beltre’s numbers are actually better away from Fenway. Their away numbers:
Vlad: .285/.338/.504
Beltre: .368/.400/.618

rockiesmagicnumber
5 years 1 month ago

Starting the petition to add Miguel Olivo, who is getting snubbed yet again.

DarthVader87
5 years 1 month ago

I have to say Beltre, as a Red Sox fan. Fact is, dude has done far beyond what has been expected of him. He is batting in the high .3s, hitting the homers. And most important, he is driving in RISP like crazy. Highest average with 2 strikes, also in the high .3s. He has been amazing and I’m going to miss him when he signs a big contract somewhere else.

5 years 1 month ago

I think it’s a toss up between Huff, Vlad, and Glaus. All have made such great impacts on their respective clubs that it’s hard to pick between them. Also, if the Cubs weren’t having such a bad season, Marlon Byrd would be right at the top of the list.

55saveslives
5 years 1 month ago

It’s Vlad, but I am still surprised/happy over Huff. He has been our big bat since Pablo can’t get his head out of his A$$!!!

5 years 1 month ago

It is Jonny Gomes far and away. The ? is what was the best free agent signing not who of the signings is having the best year. Vlad is having a better year than Gomes, but for the $$ Gomes was a much better signing. It’s not even really close.

5 years 1 month ago

It is Jonny Gomes far and away. The ? is what was the best free agent signing not who of the signings is having the best year. Vlad is having a better year than Gomes, but for the $$ Gomes was a much better signing. It’s not even really close.

dwwhite190
5 years 1 month ago

I voted Vlad but as a Jays fan I’ve come to appreciate what John Buck has done. When signed in the winter I figured he’d be another placeholder catcher i.e. Gregg Zaun. But his bat has been tremendous and although he is below average (some would say bad) at throwing out runners he calls a good game behind the plate and has helped the staff grow leaps and bounds this year. Not as good as the Gomes deal but at 2 mil for the season they got him at pretty good price for the production he has given.

Bay_Area_Hero
5 years 1 month ago

Byrd most likely, but gotta also like what Huff is bringing to SF. If he were in a hitter’s park like the Citizen’s Bank, he’d probably have about 5 more homers making him one of the top home run producer’s in the league.

5 years 1 month ago

I’m from CIN, and I hated the Gomes signing at the time, but he seems like the “best FA signing”. CIN had a HUGE hole in LF (with Nix / Dickerson as their next best options) going into the Spring and have gotten 29 XBH, 56 RBI, and an .825 OPS from a guy that nobody else wanted for $800k. I’m still not convinced it’s going to hold up for the entire season, and the Reds are statistically near the top of the NL in offense, so his impacti is diminished, but for production vs cost I think Gomes wins.

blackandorangepride
5 years 1 month ago

Vlad has been good for Texas but Huff has been fantastic in AT&T 11 of his 15 jacks were in AT&T including 2 splash hits he’s been awesome all around even switching positions numerous I can’t complain about him at all. I feel bad for the Mets though cuz Bay is not turning out to be the power bat he was supposed to be I’m happy the Giants didn’t sign him. Holliday turned out to be a good investment for the Cards also but Huff and Vlad were the best signings this year.

kevmill21
5 years 1 month ago

i think vlad contends as the best “free agent signing” as well as whose been the best hitter based on his Wins Above Angels statistic. the swing from him changing teams has to count for somethin

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start_wearing_purple
5 years 1 month ago

All I said was “it’s a lot closer… than people think.” I gave a few examples, I did not go into a detailed analysis or even say Beltre is better. So no it wasn’t “convenience” it was simply rebutting the several statements that it’s Vlad by a large margin. You seem to be the one who’s pushing for a debate.

rockiesmagicnumber
5 years 1 month ago

I thought we were playing gin