One Year Ago: Early November 2009

A look back at the first half of November 2009 reveals interesting parallels with what we've seen so far this month.  Last year the offseason began on November 5th, three days later than this year.  However, the offseason deadlines have been moved up for 2010, so we're still on a similar pace.  Burning up the hot stove a year ago:

Teams Extending Their Own Free Agents

  • The Mariners signed Jack Wilson to a two-year, $10MM extension.  Perhaps Jhonny Peralta's recent two-year, $11.25MM deal is the parallel.  The Mariners do deserve credit for resisting Russell Branyan's demands for a two-year deal a year ago.
  • The Braves signed Tim Hudson to a three-year, $28MM extension.  One of the few early deals that worked out, this could match up with Ted Lilly's three-year, $33MM extension.
  • The Cubs were close to an extension for John Grabow, who ultimately signed for two years and $7.5MM.
  • The Red Sox signed Tim Wakefield to a two-year, $5MM extension.
  • The Angels signed Bobby Abreu to a two-year, $19MM extension, and also locked up GM Tony Reagins.
  • The White Sox signed Mark Kotsay to a one-year, $1.5MM deal.  The Sox jumped out early this year too, re-upping Omar Vizquel.
  • Several of these early extensions were at inflated prices, and in most cases teams would have been better off waiting.

Trades For Near Non-Tender Candidates

Mark Teahen, J.J. Hardy, and Jeremy Hermida were dealt.  Akinori Iwamura fits here as well, as a player the Rays would have cut loose but the Pirates found worthwhile.  None of them panned out.  A few who could be dealt prior to the December 2nd non-tender deadline this year: Mike Napoli, Russell Martin, James Loney, Leo Nunez, Jason Bartlett, and Carlos Quentin.

Under The Radar Pickups

The Royals signed Wilson Betemit to a minor league deal, and the Nationals claimed reliever Doug Slaten off waivers from the Diamondbacks.  Both were more useful than expected.  The Royals have already made a couple of low-profile pickups this year in Joaquin Arias and Lance ZawadzkiWillie Eyre, Travis Blackley, Brent Dlugach, Joe Mather, and Justin James also changed teams this month.

Free Agent And Trade Rumors


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  1. I will be really pissed if Kemp gets traded. yes his numbers were down this year, but people forget that this kid is 25 years old with 89 home runs and 104 stolen bases under his belt.

    • start_wearing_purple 5 years ago

      I’d be surprised if the rumors about him being traded this offseason are anything but rumors. As Wonderboy said, last year he was the best CFer, untradeable… after a down year he’s a pariah. Rule 101 about trading… unless absolutely necessary, never trade an asset when it’s value is low.

      • Sniderlover 5 years ago

        I think the team would still have to overpay to get him but who knows… they could decide to cut more costs. Not sure if their owner situation was resolved yet.

        I think Kemp is due for a bounce back year… especially if he changes teams.

    • start_wearing_purple 5 years ago

      I’d be surprised if the rumors about him being traded this offseason are anything but rumors. As Wonderboy said, last year he was the best CFer, untradeable… after a down year he’s a pariah. Rule 101 about trading… unless absolutely necessary, never trade an asset when it’s value is low.

    • derekbellstutu 5 years ago

      I don’t see Kemp getting traded unless Colletti is blown away like he was when he parted with James McDonald and Andrew Lambo for a few weeks of Octavio Dotel.

      What are the chances the Dodgers get rid of Kemp & Loney this offseason?

  2. I didn’t look at the title, just saw “The White Sox signed Mark Kotsay to a one-year, $1.5MM deal.” and almost threw my laptop against the wall. Kotsay is the devil.

    • foxtown 5 years ago

      Why did they have to resign Kotsay??? WHHHYYYYYYYY?!?!?!

    • foxtown 5 years ago

      Why did they have to resign Kotsay??? WHHHYYYYYYYY?!?!?!

  3. I didn’t look at the title, just saw “The White Sox signed Mark Kotsay to a one-year, $1.5MM deal.” and almost threw my laptop against the wall. Kotsay is the devil.

  4. Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

    I find it extremely unlikely that the Marlins will non-tender Nunez. What would be the point of that he is one of the best young closers/power arms in Baseball.

    • myname_989 5 years ago

      Because he’s gonna start making actual money, and that’s what the Marlins do when their players salaries increase.

      • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

        I suppose, but they can get a lot in return. But his value is killed now.

        • myname_989 5 years ago

          I get to see Nunez a lot, and I think he has good potential. For some reason though, he always give you that feeling like he’s a time bomb waiting to explode. I said that about Matt Lindstrom too though, and he’s pitched pretty well since leaving Florida. Marlins are in a tough spot. They definitely don’t want to commit a good amount of money to a reliever like Nunez.

        • myname_989 5 years ago

          I get to see Nunez a lot, and I think he has good potential. For some reason though, he always give you that feeling like he’s a time bomb waiting to explode. I said that about Matt Lindstrom too though, and he’s pitched pretty well since leaving Florida. Marlins are in a tough spot. They definitely don’t want to commit a good amount of money to a reliever like Nunez.

      • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

        I suppose, but they can get a lot in return. But his value is killed now.

    • Who’s expecting a Nunez non-tender?

      • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

        not you and not me, but some people who don’t know the fish

      • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

        not you and not me, but some people who don’t know the fish

  5. ThinkBlue10 5 years ago

    dodgers would be really stupid to trade kemp. our offense is weak so it wouldn’t make sense to trade a guy that will help our offense.

  6. ThinkBlue10 5 years ago

    dodgers would be really stupid to trade kemp. our offense is weak so it wouldn’t make sense to trade a guy that will help our offense.

  7. azdsnd 5 years ago

    I would say that JJ Hardy panned out for the Twinkies just fine. Shortstop is a heck of a position to try to fill…

    Seeing the Nats get neither of the two guys they were “interested in” last year makes me really question whether or not Carlos Pena is as destined to go there as I seem to think he is… interesting. That team continues to be a mystery wrapped in an enigma. And I’m not sure if that’s a good thing.

  8. azdsnd 5 years ago

    I would say that JJ Hardy panned out for the Twinkies just fine. Shortstop is a heck of a position to try to fill…

    Seeing the Nats get neither of the two guys they were “interested in” last year makes me really question whether or not Carlos Pena is as destined to go there as I seem to think he is… interesting. That team continues to be a mystery wrapped in an enigma. And I’m not sure if that’s a good thing.

  9. RoyalBlue 5 years ago

    I wish the Royals would make a trade to get James Shields or Matt Garza and hold on to Zack Greinke… That would make for a nice one two… Not sure what it would take to get one of these guys but maybe Billy Butler for Shields or Garza might get it done I would think…

    Royals pitching would be set for the next fews years with 3,4 and 5 coming from the farm system…

  10. RoyalBlue 5 years ago

    I wish the Royals would make a trade to get James Shields or Matt Garza and hold on to Zack Greinke… That would make for a nice one two… Not sure what it would take to get one of these guys but maybe Billy Butler for Shields or Garza might get it done I would think…

    Royals pitching would be set for the next fews years with 3,4 and 5 coming from the farm system…

  11. Don’t forget Brian Sweeney also was claimed.

  12. harmony55 5 years ago

    Russell Branyan in 2010 was third among Seattle hitters with a WAR of 0.9 ($3.4 million) despite playing only 54 games for the weak-hitting Mariners (who could have used Branyan’s full-season WAR of 2.0 ($7.9 million)).

  13. thats why i didnt have kemp on any team. way too early.

  14. thats why i didnt have kemp on any team. way too early.

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