Going Cheap Pt 1: Can you find cheap bullpen options?

Today I was out picking up some Christmas presents when I decided to stop off at the store and grab some cereal.  I typically have one major rule when it comes to choosing a cereal: anything with a cartoon character on the box.  Since I still have a somewhat healthy cereal option (frosted shredded wheat) I decided to go for a “I probably shouldn’t be eating something with marshmallows for breakfast, but it’s...

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No reason to non-tender Capps

I wrote about how I felt it was a mistake to non-tender Matt Capps the other day, but there has been something that has bugged me about the whole situation since I wrote that.  The more I think about it, the Pirates had no reason to non-tender Capps. The Pirates mentioned that they were trying to trade Capps, and had a few teams interested.  However, Neal Huntington mentioned that all trade value went out the window when a...

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What is the market value for Matt Capps?

In the wake of the Matt Capps release, I thought I would take a stab at what his market value should be for the 2010 season. The following is Capps’ yearly Wins Above Replacement (WAR), according to FanGraphs. Year WAR 2006 0.4 2007 1.6 2008 1 2009 -0.4 Yearly Average 0.65 Capps had an average WAR of 0.65 the previous four seasons. Let’s assume that would be his production in 2010. At $4.5 million per win, Capps would be worth...

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Pirates non-tender Capps

In a surprising move, the Pirates non-tendered Matt Capps last night, allowing him to become a free agent. Neal Huntington explained his reasoning, stating that he felt the money saved could be used to replace Capps. I’m not sure that’s accurate, but one quote from Huntington stuck out to me: If you’re talking about the Matt Capps of ’07 or ’08, that would be very, very difficult to replace. He’s probably not...

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Pirates made a mistake letting Capps go

All through the week it seemed to be a given that the Pittsburgh Pirates would tender a contract to all of their arbitration eligible players.  Those players were Ronny Cedeno, who will compete for the starting shortstop position, Zach Duke, one of the top starters from 2009, and Matt Capps, their closer from the last few years. Today the Pirates made a shocking move by non-tendering Matt Capps, making Capps a free agent....

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