Recent Comments

Welcome! You are invited to wander around and read all of the comments that have been posted here at Patton & Co., but as soon as you register you can see the bid limits that Alex, Peter and Mike propose for each player, and you can post your own comments. Registering is free, so please join us!
Corey Kluber Tampa Bay Rays

Retirement didn't seem in the offing back in May. And it may not be now.

Ken Davidoff's top 40 free agents:

39. Corey Kluber (RHP, Age 35)

He didn’t give the Yankees enough for what they paid him last season, and it’s hard to see him singing for his supper.

Prediction: Retirement

Alex Patton Alex
Nov 12
Rich Hill New York Mets

Nearing the end of Ken Davidoff's top 40 free agents (in the Post on Nov. 7):

Dick. Mountain. Get it?

https://heavy.com/sports/2019/12/dick-mountain-twitter-rich-hill-nickname/

38. Rich Hill (LHP, Age 41)

The unstoppable Dick Mountain actually did his job just fine as the Mets’ biggest (not big enough) trade-deadline pitching import.

Prediction: Angels, one year, $6 million

Alex Patton Alex
Nov 12
Andrew Chafin Oakland Athletics

Next two free agents in Davidoff's rankings. If he's right about the second, Chafin was absolutely right to decline.

We'll see if he's right.

36. Seiya Suzuki (OF, Age 27)

The Hiroshima Toyo Carp will post him.

Prediction: Marlins, three years, $21 million

37. Andrew Chafin (LHP, Age 31)

A terrific 2021 season with the Cubs and A’s propels him into a higher stratosphere.

Prediction: Yankees, three years, $21 million

Alex Patton Alex
Nov 12
Brett Gardner New York Yankees

Answer: of course.

Ken Davidoff's top 40 free agents:

35. Brett Gardner (OF, Age 38)

Would he actually play elsewhere if he and the Yankees can’t find common ground?

Prediction: Marlins, one year, $4 million

MLB free agency Brett Gardner
Is this the end of Brett Gardner with the Yankees?

Alex Patton Alex
Nov 12
Jonathan Gray Colorado Rockies

Tough to project, tougher to price.

Ken Davidoff's top 40 free agents:

34. Jon Gray (RHP Age 30)

Like nearly all Rockies pitchers, he is a tough nut to crack when projecting him elsewhere.

Prediction: Blue Jays, three years, $36 million

Alex Patton Alex
Nov 12
Mark Melancon San Diego Padres

If I were a Pads fan, I most certainly would  NOT want him back at 2/$20.  He is 36 and doesn't have overpowering stuff.  Why not sign someone like Graveman instead?

Bob Elam Bob-in-TX
Nov 12

I can see this happening ... and I can see him not earning it ... I had him on&off during 2017 thru 2019 ... he makes me nervous ...

Howard Lynch LynchMob
Nov 12
Steven Matz Toronto Blue Jays

I think our three bids were just about right, considering the risk/reward.

Ken Davidoff's top 40 free agents:

33. Steven Matz (LHP, Age 30)

Leaving New York for Canada proved quite the panacea for the Long Islander.

Prediction: Twins, three years, $36 million

Alex Patton Alex
Nov 12
Zack Greinke Houston Astros

I'd be happy ... always been a Grienke fan ... except for the Blue years, of course ...

Padres got a good twilight season and a half out of Maddux ... that WHIP still looks good to me ...

Will the Padres make this offer?  Dunno ... they need lots o' help ... they'll make some move/signing along these lines, I s'pose ...

Howard Lynch LynchMob
Nov 12
Avisail Garcia Milwaukee Brewers

Clearly a two-year deal is the thing to do.

Ken Davidoff's top 40 free agents:

32. Avisail Garcia (OF, Age 30)

Every odd-numbered year since 2017 he hits above league average, and every even-numbered year since 2016 he hits below it.

Prediction: Royals, two years, $30 million

Alex Patton Alex
Nov 12
Mark Melancon San Diego Padres

Final installment of Ken Davidoff's top 40 free agents (in the post on Nov.7):

31. Mark Melancon (RHP, Age 36)

He kept it classy in San Diego, as it wasn’t his fault the Pads crashed and burned.

Prediction: Padres, two years, $20 million

Alex Patton Alex
Nov 12
Gabriel Moreno Toronto Blue Jays

Gabriel Moreno, C, Blue Jays — After taking reps at third base during pre-game warmups, Moreno got back to doing what he does best: putting the barrel of his bat on pitches in all sectors of the strike zone. On Thursday, that meant a 3-for-6 effort with a double and three RBIs. With the evening, Moreno's overall Fall League line moves to a crisp .348/.427/.536 with 10 doubles and a home run in 69 at-bats. He's also shown a strong sense of plate discipline, with 11 walks against 12 strikeouts. Behind the plate, he's shown off an arm strong enough to record pop times of 1.89 seconds, and he's caught 50% of runners (7 of 14) trying to steal. All that adds up to the prospect scouts believe is the consensus best in the AFL.

Alex Patton Alex
Nov 12
Bryson Stott Philadelphia Phillies

November 12 Baseball America Prospect Report


Bryson Stott, SS, Phillies — Though he's been somewhat overshadowed by the nightly exploits of Gabriel Moreno and Nelson Velazquez, Stott has had an outstanding Fall League. The Phillies' 2019 first-rounder out of UNLV clubbed his first home run of the six-week season as part of a 3-for-5 day on Thursday. The longball pushed Stott into a tie with JJ Bleday for second place among the league's RBI leaders, boosted his on-base percentage to .454 (fifth in the league) and gave him an overall OPS of .912. There are still plenty of questions about Stott's ability to stick at shortstop, but his bat is looking excellent in the desert.

Alex Patton Alex
Nov 12
Juan Yepez St. Louis Cardinals

As happens at times, Yepez was the "next guy on my list" in my deep minors league list but I didn't choose him (Jake McCarthy instead). I pick second and fourth in spring so we'll see if I get a second chance or if he goes #1. 

Kent Ostby Seadogs
Nov 12
Anthony DeSclafani San Francisco Giants

If I'm a pitcher with a varied history of success with one coaching staff and less success elsewhere, I'm hoping to stay where I had success. (I feel the same way about players in the NFL who have success in a certain scheme).

Kent Ostby Seadogs
Nov 12
Raisel Iglesias Los Angeles Angels

I'd like to see the reward kept and the penalty scrapped.  Just create new pick, don't take them from the signing team.

Bob Elam Bob-in-TX
Nov 12
Michael Conforto New York Mets

Phillies bought out McCutchen's option - so I could see this.

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Nov 11
Anthony DeSclafani San Francisco Giants

The ERA splits don't seem to show it (3.10 home, 3.22 away) ... but the HR splits point to Oracle really helping him out (0.5 HR/9 IP at home, 1.4 on the road).

After a 4.1 WAR season, no qualifying offer also surprises me, unless there was some kind of gentleman's agreement between him and the Giants when he signed.  If I was his agent my list of places NOT to sign would include Cinci, Colorado, Philly, Baltimore, or Toronto.

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Nov 11
Noah Syndergaard New York Mets

Ken Davidoff's top 40 free agents:

30. Noah Syndergaard (RHP, Age 29)

The qualifying offer was designed for someone like him, who can put himself in a great position for 2022-23 offseason. 

Prediction: Mets, one year, $18.4 million

Alex Patton Alex
Nov 11
Kenley Jansen Los Angeles Dodgers

The Dodgers will easily top this offer (from anyone) and Kenley will take it.

Ken Davidoff's top 40 free agents:

29. Kenley Jansen (RHP, Age 34)

It will be weird to see him in another uniform. 

Prediction: Phillies, three years, $40 million

Alex Patton Alex
Nov 11

Click on the name of a player (or thread) to go directly to that page and see the comment in context with the other comments.