Here we are all safe and sound chatting about baseball. Most of us probably have “I Voted” stickers from Tuesday. Ah, freedom, choice, baseball. Thanks to all the men and women who served in our armed forces for ensuring we have these great things.
Now comes the shopping season and projections. FanGraphs has listed the Top 50 free agents with estimated salaries.
SI has their top 50 with predictions for where they’ll land.
And here’s a look at the Angels payroll situation for next season.
We’ll be rolling out our offseason pieces here. Arte has been running payroll of about $200 million in recent years. He’s selling the team, obviously, so he might want to keep payroll down.
However, he’s stated his desire to stay below the luxury tax threshold many times and that threshold is shooting up to $233 million which leaves a lot of space if he wants to try to go out a winner.
We’re working on a set of guidelines for the pieces that will be both sensible and pragmatic. And knowing this team likely far from reality.
I talked about all things Arte and Angels with Sam Blum from The Athletic yesterday. Make sure to give it a watch if you haven’t already.
Some more good news from the farm:
14 free agents will be offered a Qualifying Offer by their former club. Those players now have until November 20th to accept or decline the 1 year $19.65 million offer. While the representatives for Aaron Judge and the star studded shortstop class can’t decline the offer quickly enough, there are some interesting cases in Tyler Anderson, Martin Perez and Anthony Rizzo.
I’m completely shocked to see Joc Pederson’s name on that list. He better be saying yes faster than J-Lo when she sees a diamond ring.
The rules on the QO have gotten a little complicated after the last CBA, so here’s a great primer. The bottom line for the Angels is that if we sign a free agent with a QO attached we can say “bye bye” to our second round pick and $500k worth of international signing money.
You know, exactly what happened last off season.
Arte and his college buddy execs have a rung they haven’t reached yet. Are they really going to let Dan Snyder out scandal them on their way out the door? That’s not a baseball link, but something tells me these two teams share quite a bit of organizational spirit.
Remember when I linked the list of non-tender candidates? Ji Man Choi was on that list and he’s been traded to the Pirates.
The Hall of Fame has a new committee set up to review the cases of what is largely regarded as the Steroid Era. The discussion is one that is guaranteed to frustrate every side of the debate.
I’m sure there’s a ton of stuff I’m going to miss tonight and over the weekend. Please link it below.