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Hot Stove League 2014-2015

It's that time of year.  The season and World Series are done and your teams area looking for way to make them better and compete for the playoffs next year.  Hope the Hot Stove of your favorite team works out well.  Happy stoving!

The Hot Stove League
Free Agents, Options, and Player Signings

Find out what's going on in contract negotiations, what they've been paid, what they should have with the Stat Geek Baseball's SPRO Salary Projection system, and more.

Week of January 12

Hank Conger signs for 1 year $1,075,000 contract with Astros, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 Houston pays market value for Conger.  SRPO $845,000.

Brett Lawrie signs for 1 year $1,925,000 contract with A's, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 Oakland pays market value for Lawrie.  SPRO $1,698,000.

Michael McHenry signs for 1 year $1,0876,000 contract with Rockies, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 Colorado overpays for Heisey.  But that number doesn't look right, so it may be a market value deal.  SRPO $1,792,000.

Michael Pineda signs for 1 year $2,100,000 contract with Yankees, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 New York Yankees pay market value for Pineda.  A little high for us due to durability issues.  SPRO $1,623,000.

Domonic Brown signs for 1 year $2,600,000 contract with Phillies, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 Philadelphia pays market value for Brown.  SRPO $2,713,000.

Ben Revere signs for 1 year $4,100,000 contract with Phillies, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 Philadelphia pays market value for Revere.  SPRO $3,912,000.

Junichi Tazawa signs for 1 year $2,250,000 contract with Red Sox, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 Boston pays market value for Tazawa.  Actually a slight bargain.  SPRO $2,776,000.

Tim Collins signs for 1 year $1,475,000 contract with Royals, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 Kansas City overpays for Collins.  SPRO $957,000.

Louis Coleman signs for 1 year $725,000 contract with Royals, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 Kansas City gets bargain in Coleman.  SPRO $1,098,000.

John Jaso signs for 1 year $3,175,000 contract with Rays, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 Tampa Bay gets bargain in Jaso.  SPRO $5,161,000.

Logan Forsythe signs for 1 year $1,100,000 contract with Rays, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 Tampa Bay pays market value for Forsythe.  SPRO $904,000.

Alex Cobb signs for 1 year $4,000,000 contract with Rays, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 Tampa Bay pays market value for Cobb.  Actually a slight overpay, but not much.  SPRO $3,537,000.

Jake McGee signs for 1 year $3,550,000 contract with Rays, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 Tampa Bay gets bargain in McGee.  SPRO $4,323,000.

Rene Rivera signs for 1 year $1,200,000 contract with Rays, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 Tampa Bay gets bargain in Rivera.  SPRO $1,647,000.

Drew Smyly signs for 1 year $2,650,000 contract with Rays, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 Tampa Bay pays market value for Smyly.SPRO $2,887,000.

Jason Castro signs for 1 year $4,000,000 contract with Astros, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 Houston pays market value for Castro.  SPRO $4,387,000.

Tony Sipp signs for 1 year $2,400,000 contract with Astros, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 Houston overpays for Sipp.  SPRO $1,730,000.

Casey Fein signs for 1 year $1,375,000 contract with Twins, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 Minnesota pays market value for Fein.  SPRO $1,454,000.

Marco Estrada signs for 1 year $3,900,000 contract with Blue Jays, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 Toronto overpays for Estrada.  SPRO $3,171,000.

Justin Turner signs for 1 year $2,500,000 contract with Dodgers, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 Los Angeles Dodgers get bargain in Turner.  SPRO $3,461,000.

Fernando Salas signs for 1 year $1,370,000 contract with Angels, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 LA of Anaheim pays market value for Salas.  SPRO $1,257,000.

Jake Arrieta signs for 1 year $3,630,000 contract with Cubs, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 Chicago Cubs get bargain in Arrieta.  SPRO $5,077,000.

Francisco Cervelli signs for 1 year $987,500 contract with Pirates, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 Pittsburgh gets bargain in Cervelli.  SPRO $1,510,000.

Jared Hughes signs for 1 year $1,075,000 contract with Pirates, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 Pittsburgh gets bargain in Hughes.  SPRO $1,937,000.

Josh Reddick signs for 1 year $4,100,000 contract with A's, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 Oakland pays market value for Reddick.  SPRO $4,344,000.

Trevor Plouffe signs for 1 year $4,800,000 contract with Twins, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 Minnesota pays market value for Plouffe.  SPRO $4,344,000.

Eduardo Nunez signs for 1 year $1,024,000 contract with Twins, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 Minnesota pays market value for Nunez.  SPRO $852,000.

Shawn Kelley signs for 1 year $2,835,000 contract with Padres, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 San Diego overpays for Kelley.  SPRO $1,194,000.

Dillon Gee signs for 1 year $5,300,000 contract with Mets, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 New York Mets overpay for Gee.  Very good up and coming pitcher, but with thin record.  SPRO $3,212,000.

Ruben Tejada signs for 1 year $1,880,000 contract with Mets, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 New York Mets get bargain in Tejada.  SPRO $2,545,000.

Andrew Cashner signs for 1 year $4,050,000 contract with Padres, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 San Diego overpays for Cashner.  See Dillon Gee.  SPRO $3,071,000.

Kevin Jepsen signs for 1 year $3,025,000 contract with Rays, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 Tampa Bay overpays for Cashner.  SPRO $2,418,000.

Michael Saunders signs for 1 year $2,875,000 contract with Blue Jays, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 Toronto gets bargain in Saunders.  SPRO $3,804,000.

Juan Nicasio signs for 1 year $2,300,000 contract with Dodgers, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 Los Angeles Dodgers overpays for Nicasio.  SPRO $1,246,000.

Justin Ruggiano signs for 1 year $2,505,000 contract with Mariners, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 Seattle pays market value for Ruggiano.  SPRO $2,600,000.

Antonio Bastardo
signs for 1 year $3,100,000 contract with Pirates, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 Pittsburgh overpays for Bastardo.  SPRO $1,883,000.

Dale Thayer signs for 1 year $1,375,000 contract with Padres, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 San Diego pays market value for Thayer.  SPRO $1,694,000.

Ross Detwiler signs for 1 year $3,450,000 contract with Rangers, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 Texas overpays for Detwiler.  Not a lot, but some.  SPRO $2,883,000.

Zach Cozart signs for 1 year $2,350,000 contract with Reds, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 Cicninnati gets bargain in Cozart.  SPRO $3,300,000.

Tommy Milone signs for 1 year $2,775,000 contract with Twins, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 Minnesota pays market value for Milone.  SPRO $2,256,000.

Welington Castillo signs for 1 year $2,100,000 contract with Cubs, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 Chicago Cubs pay market value for Castillo.  SPRO $2,070,000.

Chris Stewart signs for 1 year $1,225,000 contract with Pirates, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 Pittsburgh pays market value for Stewart.  SPRO $1,111,000.

Aaron Crow signs for 1 year $1,975,000 contract with Marlins, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 Miami overpays for Crow.  SPRO $1,315,000.

Chris Coghlan signs for 1 year $2,505,000 contract with Cubs, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 Chicago Cubs pay market value for Coghlan.  Actually a bit of a bargain.  SPRO $3,035,000.

Alfredo Simon signs for 1 year $5,550,000 contract with Tigers, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 Detroit gets bargain in Simon.  SPRO $7,317,000.

Desmond Jennings signs for 1 year $3,100,000 contract with Rays, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 Tampa Bay pays market value for Jennings.  It's even a bit of a bargain.  SPRO $3,867,000.

Yusmeiro Petit signs for 1 year $2,100,000 contract with Giants, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 San Francisco pays market value for Doubrant.  SPRO $1,726,000.

Alexi Amarista signs for 2 year $2,500,000 contract with Padres, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 San Diego gets bargain in Amarista.  Although I woudn't have gone that second year, it's actually a slight bargain because of it.  SRPO one year $1,726,000.

Jeremy Hellickson signs for 1 year $4,275,000 contract with Diamondbacks, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 Chicago Cubs pays market value for Hellickson.  SPRO $4,986,000.

Steven Strasburg signs for 1 year $7,400,000 contract with Nationals, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 Washington gets bargain in Strasburg.  SPRO $9,549,000.

Lonnie Chisenhall signs for 1 year $2,250,000 contract with Indians, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 Cleveland Cubs pays market value for Chisenhall.  SPRO $2,432,000.

Mark Rzepczynski signs for 1 year $2,400,000 contract with Indians, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 Cleveland overpays for Rzepczynski.  SRPO $1,556,000.

Jose Lobaton signs for 1 year $1,200,000 contract with Nationals, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 Washington pays market value for Lobaton.  SPRO $1,146,000.

Craig Gentry signs for 1 year $1,600,000 contract with A's, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 Oakland pays market value for Gentry.  SPRO $1,542,000.

Danny Espinosa signs for 1 year $1,800,000 contract with Nationals, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 Washington pays market value for Espinosa.  SRPO $1,791,000.

Carlos Carrasco signs for 1 year $2,337,000 contract with Indians, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 Cleveland gets bargain in Carrasco.  Slight, but it's one.  SPRO $2,701,000.

Chris Heisey signs for 1 year $2,160,000 contract with Dodgers, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 Los Angeles Dodgers overpay for Heisey.  SRPO $1,506,000.

Drew Butera signs for 1 year $987,500 contract with Angels, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim overpay for Butera.  Slight overpay handed out due to being a catcher and the relatively new trend of paying more for an arbitration player than you would for a low level free agent with his skills.  SRPO $737,000.

Craig Stammen signs for 1 year $2,250,000 contract with Nationals, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 Washington gets bargain in Stammen.  Yes, we know he's declined the past couple years, but is still young with good stuff  SRPO $3,188,000.

Peter Bourjos signs for 1 year $1,650,000 contract with Cards, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 St. Louis overpays for Bourjos.  SPRO $1,002,000.

Nate Jones signs for 1 year $660,000 contract with White Sox, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 Unknown.  Tough thing to value since he'll likely miss much of 2015.  SPRO $1,131,000.

Hector Noesi signs for 1 year $1,950,000 contract with White Sox, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 Chicago White Sox overpay for Noesi.  SPRO $1,236,000.

Cesar Ramos signs for 1 year $1,312,000 contract with Angels, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 LA of Anaheim pays market value for Ramos.  SPRO $1,134,000.

Hector Santiago
signs for 1 year $2,290,000 contract with Angels, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 LA of Anaheim overpays for Santiago.  SPRO $1,568,000.

Carlos Corporan signs for 1 year $975,000 contract with Astros, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 Houston overpays for Corporan.  SPRO $658,000.

Javy Guerra signs for 1 year $937,500 contract with White Sox, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 Chicago White Sox pay market value for Guerra.  Okay, a little high.  SPRO $759,000.

Wilson Ramos signs for 1 year $3,550,000 contract with Nationals, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 Washington overpays for Ramos.  Durability an issue here.  SPRO $2,136,000.

James Russell signs for 1 year $2,425,000 contract with Braves, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 Atlanta pays market value for Russell.  SPRO $2,610,000.

Neftali Feliz signs for 1 year $4,120,000 contract with Rangers, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 Texas overpays for Feliz.  Again, not enough innings after return from injury to project this high for us.  SPRO $1,625,000.

Brett Cecil signs for 1 year $2,475,000 contract with Blue Jays, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 Toronto pays market value for Cecil.  SPRO $2,784,000.

Felix Doubrant signs for 1 year $1,975,000 contract with Cubs, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 Chicago Cubs pays market value for Doubrant.  SRPO $1,846,000.

Lance Lynn signs for 3 year $22,000,000 contract with Cardinals, avoiding arbitration.  Deal includes $1,500,000 incentives.
SPRO Analysis -
 St. Louis gets bargain in Lynn.  SPRO 3 years $29,351,000.

Tony Cruz signs for 1 year $775,000 contract with Cardinals, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 St. Louis overpays for Cruz.  It's not really significant, but Cruz, to us, is barely a replacement level player, and even though now in arbitration, isn't worth much more than that.  SPRO $525,000.

Tyler Chatwood signs for 2 year $2,000,000 contract with Rockies, avoiding arbitration.  Deal includes $250,000 incentives.
SPRO Analysis -
 Colorado pays market value for Chatwood.  Given the escalation due a 2nd year arb player in 2016, this is about right.  We'd have just done a one year deal at $872,000.

Chris Carter signs for 1 year $4,175,000 contract with Astros, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 Houston pays market value for Carter.  SPRO $3,968,000.

Drew Stubbs signs for 1 year $5,825,000 contract with Rockies, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 Colorado pays market value for Stubbs.  SPRO $5,589,000.

Jordan Lyles signs for 1 year $2,475,000 contract with Rockies, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 Colorado overpay for Lyles.  And clubs start to complain and trade folks in their arbitration years.  Well, this is one example.  No need to pay as if Lyles was free agent eligible.  SPRO $1,387,000.

Ivan Nova signs for 1 year $3,300,000 contract with Yankees, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 New York Yankees overpays for Nova.  Right price if Nova was not hurt, but he was.  SPRO $1,818,000.

A.J. Ellis signs for 1 year $4,250,000 contract with Dodgers, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 Los Angeles Dodgers get bargain in Ellis.  Boy, it's hard to say bargain for a player who batted under the Mendoza line last year, but I guess that's just what we're saying here.  It's a concern that Ellis has waned the last two years, but with last year's exception, was still a positive player at a premium position.  SPRO $5,569,000.

Tommy Hunter signs for 1 year $4,650,000 contract with Orioles, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 Baltimore overpays for Hunter.  Hunter, at the end of the year, was no longer their closer and he's an arbitration player for the third time.  No real need to go quite that high, although that seems to be the trend with players signed prior to a hearing.  SPRO $3,741,000.

Dayan Viciedo signs for 1 year $4,400,000 contract with White Sox, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 Chicago White Sox overpay for Viciedo.  SPRO $3,809,000.

Jesse Chavez
signs 1 year $2,150,000 contract with A's, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 Oakland overpays for Chavez.  It's not an overpay based on just last year, but a bit considering the year's before.  SPRO $1,560,000.

Travis Snider signs for 1 year $2,100,000 contract with Pirates, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 Pittsburgh pay market value for Coghlan.  SPRO $2,421,000.

Tony Watson signs for 1 year $1,750,000 contract with Pirates, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 Pittsburgh gets bargain in Watson.  SPRO $3,742,000.

Sean Rodriguez signs for 1 year $1,900,000 contract with Pirates, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 Pittsburgh pay market value for Rodriguez.  SPRO $1,714,000.

Mark Melancon signs for 1 year $5,400,000 contract with Pirates, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 Pittsburgh gets bargain in Melancon.  SPRO $8,115,000.

Josh Harrison signs for 1 year $2,800,000 contract with Pirates, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 Pittsburgh gets bargain in Melancon.  SPRO $3,542,000.

Logan Morrison signs for 1 year $2,725,000 contract with Mariners, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 Seattle overpays Morrison.  SPRO $1,696,000.

Ian Kennedy signs for 1 year $9,850,000 contract with Padres, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 San Diego gets bargain in Kennedy.  SPRO $12,295,000.

Yonder Alonso signs for 1 year $1,650,000 contract with Padres, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 San Diego pays market value for Alonso.  SPRO $1,645,000.

Week of January 5

Free Agents
Chris Denorfia signs 1 year $2,600,000 contract with Cubs.
SPRO Analysis -
 Chicago Cubs get bargain in Denorfia.  A not great season in 2014 after two solid ones, the market is starting to get into bargain territory (outside the big names) as spring training approaches.  SPRO $5,724,000.

Josh Outman signs 1 year $925,000 plus $475,000 incentives contract with Braves.
SPRO Analysis -
 Atlanta pays market value for Outman.  SPRO $1,150,000, including all incentives.

Tom Gorzelanny signs 1 year $1,000,000 contract with Tigers.
SPRO Analysis -
 Detroit gets bargain in Gorzelanny.  SPRO $1,426,000.

Nick Hundley signs 2 year $6,250,000 contract with Rockies.
SPRO Analysis -
 Colorado overpays for Hundley.  We don't like players who start to ping pong good and bad years.  Good news here; he's bound for a good one.  SPRO 1 year $1,966,000.

Aaron Harang signs 1 year $5,000,000 contract, plus incentivces, with White Sox.
SPRO Analysis -
 Philadelphia gets bargain in Harang.  Harang was one of the better pitchers in baseball last year, well worth this price if he can do it again.  But, he is getting older, so at least a bargain on the guaranteed end, pending the incentives.  Either way, SPRO $9,126,000.

Emilio Bonifacio signs 1 year $4,000,000 contract with White Sox, including team option for $4m w/$1m buyout.
SPRO Analysis -
 Chicago White Sox overpays for Bonifacio.  He should be worth what they're offering, considering his over 400 plate appearances last year, but, he's just not to us.  24 RBI in those appearances.  SPRO $2,832,000.

Re-signed with Club
Bobby Parnell signs for 1 year $3,700,000 contract with Mets, avoiding arbitration.
SPRO Analysis -
 New York Mets pay market value for Parnell.  SPRO $3,574,000.

Stephen Drew 
resigns for 1 year $5,000,000 contract with Yankees, plus $1.5m incentives.
SPRO Analysis -
 New York Yankees overpay for Drew.  This guy has had one good year (and it wasn't great) in the last four.  He may be someone you don't want at any significant, starting player's, price.  SPRO $2,984,000.

Adam Rosales resigns for 1 year $900,000 contract with Rangers.
SPRO Analysis -
 Texas pays market value for Rosales.  Non-tendered, then brought back.  SPRO $958,000.

     





See the Arbitration Checklist for information on players who filed and exchanged figures in the arbitration hearing process, plus those that signed prior to their hearing.

FREE AGENT CHANGES

There are no longer Type A, B, and C free agents to figure out who gives up what when signed a free agent.  Only those that have been offered the Qualifying Offer of $14.1m or not.  For those players signed by another club, the signing club will lose a pick from #11 to their second round pick.  The former club  gets a compensatory pick afer the first round in reverse order of the MLB standings.



Qualifying Offers Extended

Qualifying Offers of $14.1m for a one year contracts have been extended to 13 free agents.  If rejected and signed by another team, their former teams will receive an end of the first round draft pick with the signing team losing either a first or second round pick.  This year's players given the Qualifying Offers are: Carlos Beltran (SLN), Robinson Cano (NYA), Hiroki Kuroda (NYA), Curtis Granderson (NYA), Shin-Shoo Choo (CIN), Nelson Cruz (TEX), Stephen Drew (BOS), Jacoby Ellsbury (BOS), Mike Napoli (BOS), Ervin Santana (KCA), Brian McCann (ATL), Kendrys Morales (SEA), and Ubaldo Jimenez (CLE).
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