Poll: Best Minor League Deal

Every year, teams supplement their rosters by signing players to minor league deals. It's a way for teams to make low-risk investments in players who generally don't have much leverage. But finding a Joaquin Benoit, Livan Hernandez, or R.A. Dickey in the bargain bin can make a massive difference. Some players, like Austin Kearns, Jim Edmonds and D.J. Carrasco, get flipped in mid-summer trades. Others, like Pat Burrell and Chris Denorfia contribute on playoff contenders. But those aren't the only players who signed memorable minor league deals since last season ended…

Who was the best minor league signing of the year? 

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32 Comments on "Poll: Best Minor League Deal"


icedrake523
4 years 11 months ago

No RA Dickey in the poll?

4 years 11 months ago

RA Dickey?

4 years 11 months ago

i write in RA Dickey, he’s been one of the best pitchers in baseball regardless of his contract.

4 years 11 months ago

I voted “Other” for Wilson Betemit.

4 years 11 months ago

other for Robert Alan Dickey.

sunnysidefan
4 years 11 months ago

Am I missing something? Seems like it should be RA Dickey.

Yanks48
4 years 11 months ago

other for R.A Dickey. How do you forget him?

4 years 11 months ago

As with everyone else. The omission of Dickey is odd. I voted other for Dickey

4 years 11 months ago

RA Dickey. Period.

dawgpaddlez
4 years 11 months ago

agreed..i’d go dick

4 years 11 months ago

+1 for R.A. Dickey!

$1519287
4 years 11 months ago

Ah, my bad on not including R.A. Dickey.

– BNS

Super_Hero
4 years 11 months ago

I pick other for R.A Dickey

Guest
4 years 11 months ago

Uh…RA dickey crushes everyone on this list.

4 years 11 months ago

No Marcus Thames?

4 years 11 months ago

Dickey has been the best of them benoit has been nice as well but dickey has been a true find for the mets rotation

johnsilver
4 years 11 months ago

For Minor league contracts that might have helped salvage a team through other players injuries, maybe Darnell McDonald. Otherwise? Probably has to be Dickey that also would be a prediction for the most likely on that list to be the biggest flopper next year also.

4 years 11 months ago

By WAR:

Dickey: 2.5
Denorfia: 1.4
Chen: 0.9
Peralta: 0.4
Burrell: 1.7 (2.0 with SF alone)
Hernandez: 2.8
Edmonds: 2.5
Carrasco: 0.6
Benoit: 1.4
Kearns: 1.4

So the winner is Livian Hernandez, not Dickey. Edmonds and Dickey have the same value as well so take that, posters with blue&orange colored glasses!

4 years 11 months ago

really dude? your going to base the whole thing on one stat? dickey has a better ERA by a whole point (2.91-3.82), more wins (9-8), less losses (6-11), lower WHIP (1.17-1.34)and just to be extremely over the top is a better hitter…(.233 BA .267 OBP and 5 RBI in 43 AB-.115 BA .115 OBP and 1 RBI in 52 AB) plus he is under team control for at least next year too. Dickey has obviously been the better pitcher AND hitter…i really don’t care what WAR says

$4555515
4 years 11 months ago

dickey may be a better hitter but u could make a case for livan as he’s thrown 40+ more innings than dickey (livan 180IP dickey approx 140IP) that team doesnt need him to win just eat innings and keep the game close and hes gonna pitch 200+ innings when the reg season is done dickey will be lucky to hit 170+

BentoBox
4 years 11 months ago

Wins .. really dude ?

4 years 11 months ago

It has to be Livan. What he did for Nationals is beyond awesome. Nationals desperately needed a leader in the rotation and he stepped up big time.

4 years 11 months ago

read my post above yours….at least the Nats have upside, Dickey is the only bright spot in another bleak Mets season other than Pagan (and i guess the fact that we found out Wright isn’t gonna be 10 HR guy the rest of his career)

4 years 11 months ago

I think Wilson Betemit is worth mentioning. 1.3 WAR in about 250 PA’s isn’t too shabby for a minor league deal. RA Dickey is definitely the best player signed to a minor league deal overall though.